Temple Terrace debuts renovated council chamber
TEMPLE TERRACE - The City Council chamber has bid farewell to the dark paneling and old auditorium-style chairs that made the room appear dated. The walls of the newly refurbished hall are bathed in a bright, muted tone, and the hall glows with new lighting. City officials spent about $35,000 to refurbish the city council chamber room, where residents gather on the first and third Tuesday of the month to address elected officials on city business. The city premiered the chamber’s updated look at a City Council workshop session prior to the City Council meeting on Tuesday.In addition to new paint and lighting, the project included installing new carpeting and movable chairs. The project received rave reviews from Mayor Frank Chillura and city council members, who made a special presentation Tuesday to Temple Terrace Community Development Director Charles Stephenson for shepherding the successful renovation project. The two city council meetings in April were held at the Omar K. Lightfoot Recreation Center at North 56th Street and Whiteway Drive during the improvement project. The chamber’s cosmetic facelift coincide with the swearing in of Temple Terrace’s new city manager, Gerald “Jerry” Seeber. Seeber, who served as general manager of Tampa Bay Water, the regional water supply authority based in Clearwater, was selected to replace Kim Leinbach. Leinbach retired last month after managing the city's day-to-day operation for 14 years. Seeber will earn a base salary of $135,000, which is similar to what Leinbach was paid.