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City to name fire hall for Burger
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The Smithville city council has approved plans to re-name the fire hall for former mayor Cecil Burger.City Fire Chief Charlie Parker told the council that his department felt that they should honor Burgers accomplishments in his many years with the city.“We would like to dedicate the new fire hall building in honor of Mr. Cecil Burger,” Parker told the mayor and aldermen. “Mr. Burger was very instrumental, both as mayor and alderman in the construction and planning of the fire hall, and a was a very good supporter of the fire department throughout the years.”City aldermen voted unanimously, with Gayla Hendrix absent, to approve the dedication of the hall to Burger.Burger passed away on Jan. 23 after more than 45 years of service to City of Smithville.He served the city in one capacity or another from 1966 through 2012.Burger was secretary/treasurer from 1966-1989, including two years as city judge.He retired from that position, but came out of retirement 15 months later after being elected mayor in 1990.He served as mayor for 16 years, and as an alderman for six years.Burger weathered 22 elections and never lost one.During his time with the city, Burger served with 10 mayors and 52 aldermen.