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City Commissioners Trustem, Steiner say goodbye at last meeting

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Commissioners Carson Steiner and Sarah Trustem enjoy each other's company after their last city commission meeting, Tuesday. (Kayla Henson / The Dickinson Press)

Dickinson City Commissioners Sarah Trustem and Carson Steiner said goodbye to their fellow commissioners and constituents at their last meeting on Tuesday.

Steiner thanked his wife for her patience, the residents of Dickinson for their confidence in him and the city employees.

"I've watched you guys for 20 years as city employees, and you never cease to amaze me," Steiner said. "We give you instructions, and you carry it out the best you can. You take criticism from citizens, but yet everyday you come to work, you put a smile on your face, and I know that's hard to do with some of the things that you're addressing and asked to do. You're so professional, and I'm so proud of you guys in the way that you handle yourselves."

He encouraged citizens to thank their city workers.

"When you see these employees, give them a thank you because they deserve it. They go through stuff that you don't see. They're under pressure, and things are said about them that hurt," Steiner said.

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Trustem said it has been an honor to serve on the commission, spoke to the importance of having varied views and thanked Steiner for his comments.

"It's funny because I feel like him and I have really ... butt heads a few times up here, and people will ask me questions," she said. "I love Commissioner Steiner because he represents another part of this community, and that's okay. I think that's really important for people to understand — we see a lot of arguments in this community and people on different sides of the aisle ... but we still walk out of here with respect for each other."

Mayor Scott Decker addressed both Trustem and Steiner, saying that their input on the commission has been invaluable and appreciated.

To Trustem, he said, "I wish you the best of luck. I know you're not going away ... You have a bright future."

To Steiner, he said, "You always have a way of looking at subject, much like Commissioner Trustem, that some of us just overlook, and I've always appreciated it and your candor. I know you've always had the best interest of Dickinson in your heart."

Linda Carlson, deputy city administrator, gave both outgoing commissioners a parting gift.

When Decker asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting, Trustem said, "So move!" Steiner seconded.

Steiner and Trustem will be replaced by John Odermann and Suzi Sobolik.

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Kayla Henson is a former Dickinson Press reporter.
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