DeRose achieved much as mayor

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From updating Craig's water system to starting a youth football league, former Craig Mayor Dave DeRose achieved a lot during the 10 years he served on the Craig City Council.

City Manager Jim Ferree compiled a list of DeRose's accomplishments and read them at Tuesday's council meeting.

DeRose was replaced as mayor by Don Jones.

"I've learned a ton from you as a businessman and as a person ... I've got some big shoes to fill and I hope I'm up to the challenge," Jones said.

DeRose took office in 1995 amid internal turmoil, Ferree said. Key city positions were turning over. But the council that year began improving the city water system, updating the water and sewer master plans, and began renovating the Center of Craig.

Three years later, the council weathered an attempt to recall several of its members. But they also shored up the banks of Fortification Creek and started the youth football team, which a year later would become Doak Walker Football.

DeRose has been an ardent supporter of the football program.

In 1999, the council performed a hazardous-tree inventory and started the Whittle the Wood Festival, during which chainsaw artists carve dead trees into sculptures.

The council also received a state grant to make vast improvements at Woodbury Park.

DeRose was elected mayor in 2001. Under his leadership, Craig got high-speed Internet access, and the council purchased the Old Armory so the Boys & Girls Club of Craig would have a permanent home.

"I think you've elected a council who will continue these kinds of things," DeRose said.

The council also recognized Billy Bingham, who stepped down from the council because changes in his work schedule impaired his ability to serve.

"Basically, the good of the city of Craig has always been in his heart," DeRose said.

Terry Carwile and Byron Willems were sworn into office for the first time Tuesday. Councilor Bill Johnston was sworn into office again.

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