RESIDENTS had a mixed response after sitting through Wangaratta’s first council meeting presided over by administrator last night.
One resident expressed pleasure at being able to sit through a council meeting without any hostility or anger.
Another resident had a different outlook, conveying his utter disgust at the sacking of the previous council.
In a meeting that lasted just 30 minutes, interim administrator Peter Stephenson resolved to adopt all items on the agenda.
Former mayors Roberto Paino, Anthony Griffiths and Ron Webb showed their support by attending the meeting.
Two dozen residents also sat in on the meeting, keen to see how a council meeting would run in the hands of administrators.
On the agenda were items to discuss how a panel of three administrators would operate until 2016.
Local Government Minister Jeanette Powell is expected to announce the chosen trio soon, with Mr Stephenson presiding over his first and final meeting last night.
Mr Stephenson explained the subsequent council meetings would run in a similar fashion.
“It’ll be similar, but you will have three that will likely want to speak,” he said.
“You will have a mover and a seconder and they will vote.”
Mr Stephenson said one of the key roles of the administrators was to make sure the panel that took over was well briefed.
“They will get long briefings and come here well prepared,” he said.
Mr Stephenson shrugged off those who expressed ill feelings towards administrators taking over.
“I expected that and that’s OK, I have broad shoulders,” he said.
“Wangaratta is a wonderful place; it’s been well-known for years and is punching above its weight.
“It’s just had a little hiccup, but it will get back up there.