Though the City of Burnside saw some contentious moments in the calendar year 2012, the new edition of the town’s city council managed to ease into 2013 with a peaceful but productive meeting.
One ordinance was passed and two more introduced, shoring of some city policies and even bringing some new territory into Burnside — even if the fact that it wasn’t already part of “the only town on Lake Cumberland” might come as a surprise to some people.
The meeting was most notable, however, as it was the first for the two new councilors elected this past November. Bill Leslie, a longtime real estate man in the Burnside area, and Susi Brooks Lawson, a woman with a very familiar name in Burnside politics.
Leslie is known as an agent with Key Associates Waterfront Real Estate and president of the Real Estate Association. He feels as though his background in that industry could help him be more knowledgeable on certain issues the council may address.
“I enjoyed it very much; I was happy to be here,” said Leslie. “It’s going to be a busy for me, between the council and real estate.”
Lawson has had a number of relatives participate in the city council of her hometown of Burnside — her grandfather, mother, and of course her father, former Burnside mayor Jim Brooks. As such, Lawson seemed right at home in the council chambers.
“It was short so it was a really nice meeting,” she said. “I read through the packet (provided to councilors before the meeting) and knew what was going on, and it was much more relaxed than I thought. I really enjoyed it.”
Lawson said she expected her family background to help her in her new role — “I can always call (her father) and ask questions,” she said. “He can be my reference point.”