In an emotional farewell, Darryl Clare occasionally got choked up while thanking city staff, fellow council members and community members who have supported him during his eight years on the Galt City Council.
"There is no community that I have ever seen that has more heart, spirit and volunteers than the city of Galt," Clare said.
Mayor Randy Shelton presented Clare with a plaque and thanked him for serving the city.
"It is with great respect and honor that I want to thank you for the bottom of my heart for the amazing deeds you've done for this community. And many people don't even know all that you have done," Shelton said.
Clare said his proudest accomplishment was getting Galt's name out to other leaders at the regional and state level.
"When I walk through Congress carrying my Galt bag, it just feels good," he said.
He was also proud to secure money to reconstruct the city's C Street interchange.
"I'm going to come back and stand on it when it is done," Clare said.
After having to take a few moments to collect himself, he then thanked his daughter, son and wife for their support. He presented his wife with a bouquet of roses.
"Thank you to the most important person in my life, who knocked on more doors than she ever wanted to and is so happy she won't be knocking on doors again. There is no way to say 'thank you' for all that she's given up," he said.
Resident Dave Dahlgren presented Clare with a photo of a streetcar he repainted, saying he was excited with how much Clare was interested in his volunteer work to restore the cars.
"Very few friends of mine, except railroad enthusiasts, would enjoy something like that," he said.
But his farewell also included questions about whether he should be participating in his final meeting.
At the beginning of the meeting, resident Rick Walters asked if Clare had a residence outside of Galt. He said he also challenged Clare six months ago about how many meetings he has missed during the past year.
Clare responded saying he has only missed two meetings in the past year.
Councilman Donald Haines then said that based on information from the city, Clare has teleconferenced for 13 meetings.
Later in the meeting, during the vote to replace former Councilman Andrew Meredith, Haines said that Clare should recuse himself from the vote. He said that while Clare legally lives in Galt, he also owns a home in Southern California.
"Ethically, I find it questionable. ... I think you should recuse yourself because it raises a lot of questions," Haines said.
Clare confirmed he purchased the home in December, but said when he started to travel more, he checked to make sure he was following state regulations.
"I think I announced four months ago, before I left, that I'd consult with city attorney and city clerk to make sure I did this properly," Clare said.
According to state law, City Attorney Steve Rudolph said Clare meets the requirements for living in Galt because his voting and driver's license addresses are in Galt. He also only takes the primary residence homeowner's tax reduction on his Galt home.
Haines said he believes the public needed to know that Clare had two houses.
From the audience, resident Mattie Shepherd Krachunis defended him.
"We didn't need it," she said.