Hey Gang, how have you been? I hope you’re doing better at adjusting to the time change than I am. Whoever came up with the phrase “spring ahead”?

Hey Gang, how have you been? I hope you’re doing better at adjusting to the time change than I am. Whoever came up with the phrase “spring ahead”?  
I don’t know about you, but when I think of the word “spring,” I think of some giddy-up in your step. Instead of springing ahead, I feel like I just fell face-forward. Here, it’s been five days and I’m still stumbling around like a bear fresh off of hibernation. I don’t usually take the time change this hard, so I’m going to blame some of this on the weather. Not only did we lose an hour of sleep this week, but we also dropped 30 degrees in temperature. I sure hope we don’t lose all of our beautiful blooms that were just recently coaxed out by our unusually warm February.   
It’s hard to believe, but after six years in the people’s seat, I’ve only got two and half council meetings to go. When it’s all said and done, I will have attended well over 150 meetings as councilman, not to mention several as a citizen beforehand.  That is a mind-blowing body of work! If I consider time in preparation, time assembled, and other gatherings/ presentations I would venture to guess I’ve spent several months of my life just being a councilman.  It certainly has been quite a commitment.
I hope as I mention the workload you won’t mistake what I’m saying.  I don’t want to come off as a braggart or that I’m having a pity party.  For the most part, I’ve loved doing it. I’ve learned a lot and there’s still so much more to learn. There just really isn’t anything that can completely prepare you for a term or two on the council.  There’s a smattering of everything; finances, law, public speaking, public chastisement, making a lot of tough decisions and sticking to your guns just to name a few.
I’m thankful to all of you voters for giving me the chance to be one of the five members that has led our city the last six years.  I know for a fact I’ll be leaving it way better than I found it, not that I was a large factor in that, but I’m proud of the small part I played. While I’m generally pleased with my service in the council chamber, I feel some of my greater work was done outside of the first and third Tuesdays of the month. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a liaison between Joe Public and his local government.  
Whether it was Little League, the Historic District Commission, or The Neosho Area Senior Center, I loved assisting with the cooperation, communication, and progress that went into those everyday aspects of our city.  I always wanted “my” city boards without vacancies and stocked with quality people.  I could go on about many different successful ingredients for a prosperous city endeavor, but the one that I would have to place at the top is servant-minded people.
It so great when I assemble with people whose only desire is to improve their committee or our city, but unfortunately (as you know) not everyone is always there to do that. Thankfully, whether volunteering for service on boards or choosing wisely at the polls, Neosho citizens have collectively helped us out in maintaining good governance.  Please don’t stop!
I hope to be fully awake when we talk again next week and I hope we will speaking about great weather by then too! Until then, God bless each of you and God bless Neosho!

The opinions in this column are those of Mayor Charles Collinsworth and and not necessarily of Neosho City Council.