BY CALEB ALEXANDER
It’s obvious Christy Picard learned a lot about people, public service and human nature during her time as mayor. That was for the past 8 years and for 4 before that she was a village trustee. She shared some of what she learned when she made a send-off speech at her last New Baden village board meeting.
She said there are things she learned over the years that she wanted to share. It was also obvious she was directing her comments at the board members who will be serving the village. At times, she began to tear up but maintained her composure. The very first thing was to keep an open mind.
Nobody knows everything about everything is the basis for this, she said. Along with keeping an open mind, she said it is important to value everyone’s input that has been developed from their own life experiences.
It is important to have a village board of six people plus the mayor to hammer out all the details when a decision on something is needed. But she added that they need to be patient with each other too. This means learning the different perspectives of others.
“Please keep the residents at the forefront,” outgoing Mayor Picard urged. She said the officials who make the decisions can know they are right if they do this.
It can be easy to look at things short term, she said, especially when things get personal. Friends, neighbors and family can make it easy to get tied up in personal feelings. But the long-term effects should also be considered, the long- term effects on the village.
“I know there are decisions that are not always popular but they’re what’s best for the village,” was one of her comments during her speech before turning over the mayor job to Taylor Zurliene.
She said they should always respect and value the village employees who support the residents. She called them the heart of the community.