The downside was that Taylor was attending remotely from home while recovering from COVID-19.
Taylor’s term is expiring, and he did not run for re-election in August. The new council starts Jan. 12.
Council passed a Resolution of Appreciation, and Mayor Scott Anderson, council members Aimee Yentes and Scott September and former Council Member Eddie Cook, now the Maricopa County assessor, all offered words of praise for Taylor. Yentes has frequently voted with Taylor in dissent on financial matters, and September is a neighbor to Taylor.
Town Manager Patrick Banger also chimed in, ribbing Taylor about early-morning basketball games and Taylor’s frequent concerns about building costs.
But Banger also said staff appreciated Taylor’s honesty about how he felt about things and how Taylor made sure staff members were dotting i’s and crossing t’s as they worked on items.
For his part, Taylor thanked everyone he had worked with in the past eight years, from council and staff.
He said that when he first ran for council, his goal was to make sure Gilbert was the best place to have a business and to live. He pointed to the constant stream of awards the town receives as proof that those are happening.
Taylor also said he asked the town to skip on the traditional gifts given as one exits and instead use the money to plant a few more shade trees. Bringing in more shade has been a favorite Taylor project.