Intern Chats Corvallis Future with Mayor Biff

biff_colorUpon stepping into Biff Traber’s sunlit but small corner office I was greeted by a smiling man in glasses, with pure white hair and an athletic frame. He has been mayor for going on nine months, during which time he has appointed several people to committees. Traber expressed that it took some initial adjustment to the fact that the mayor does not get to vote, like when he was a city councilor, except as a tie-breaker.

“One of the challenges of the job is that it doesn’t have a vote,” he said. He has also been very surprised by the amount of time and work the mayoral position involves, but he seemed to be enjoying that work, even at 3 p.m. on a work day.

Traber decided to run for mayor after talking to both Julie Manning, who chose not to seek reelection, and her predecessor. The ability to appoint people to committees seemed worth it, even at the cost of his vote on the city council.

So, what is Mayor Traber’s central focus for this period in our fair burg’s progress? We talked a lot about the 2020 plan, and what the council is doing right now to achieve some of those goals. He intones that there are some important points of development to be worked on over the next couple of years that are critical to the long-term appearance and feel of the city. Importantly, he appears optimistic.

By Whitman Spitzer