MASON CITY | Newly-elected Mayor Bill Schickel will give his "state of the city" message at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

It is not a new setting for Schickel, who has been elected mayor four times and most recently has been an at-large member of the City Council.

Schickel said the theme of his message will be "A New Beginning for Mason City."

Mayoral state-of-the-city messages are a long-standing Mason City annual tradition in which the mayor typically evaluates the city's strengths and weaknesses and outlines goals for the future.

"As always, the public is invited," Schickel said. "It will be a great time to meet the newly-elected council members."

The new council members are Tom Thoma, at-large; Will Symonds, Second Ward; and John Jaszewski, Fourth Ward.

In a Globe Gazette interview shortly after his election, Schickel said his top goal would be to guide the success of the River City Renaissance project.

In his last act as a councilman Thursday night, he was part of the unanimous council vote approving G8 Development as the developer of a downtown hotel -- a key component in the Renaissance project.

The council meets at 7 p.m. in the Mason City Room of the public library.

Schickel, who is general manager if KCMR radio, announced Friday he will be holding regular office hours at City Hall from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays, beginning Jan. 5. 

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