Newberry no newcomer to issues, Keego council says

By: Eric Czarnik | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published December 3, 2012


KEEGO HARBOR — Keego Harbor’s most recent addition to its new City Council has the word “new” in his name, but he is familiar to community leaders.

John Newberry recited the oath of office and sat in his council seat for the first time at a Nov. 13 City Council meeting. Newberry replaces former Councilman Eric Gubka, who decided not to run again for his seat.

Newberry and incumbent Joel Yoder won their two open council seats in an uncontested Nov. 6 election. According to official Oakland County election results, Yoder had 51.8 percent, and Newberry had 46.6 percent.

Council member Sid Rubin, whom the council freshly appointed mayor for the third time, congratulated Newberry and Yoder for their victories and joked about their “very tight race.”

“Some people get all the breaks in life. They run unopposed,” Rubin said.

After the meeting, Newberry, 44, told the Beacon that he has been a Keego Harbor resident for about 10 years and has been on the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals for eight or nine years. He is currently the board’s vice chairman.

He also said he and his wife have been active in many community events, such as the tree lighting and the Memorial Day parade.

Newberry said his goal is to help continue the city’s growth and make it an outstanding place to live. He promised to be his own person when it comes time to vote, adding that “I express my opinion without a problem.”

“Each council member has a generous amount of respect for each other, as I do for them,” he said. “It will be nice that I have a seat at the table now.”

During the Nov. 13 meeting, Rubin thanked Newberry for giving to the community and for faithfully attending nearly all of Keego Harbor’s budget and regular meetings for more than two years.

“(He) needs no introduction course whatsoever about the city’s business,” Rubin said.

After his congratulations, Rubin also thanked the public for putting its trust in the City Council.

“Together, we feel a great deal of responsibility for the direction that this city is going,” he said. “We have established a lot of momentum, and it’s our job to keep that momentum going.”

In an email, Rubin cited “successful recapitalization plans” as one of the council’s major accomplishments, as of late.

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