Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa returned to the city council in person Monday, nearly a month after being injured in a two-car crash.
Since the crash on July 22, the mayor had taken part in other meetings by telephone, but for Monday’s council work session she was back in her customary seat at the end of the council table.
She and her husband, Stephen, who was driving, were hurt when another driver ran a stop sign and ran into their Toyota SUV on Fish Hatchery Drive near Scio.
Both vehicles flipped several times. The mayor suffered several broken ribs and a dislocated left arm. The shoulder injury has turned out more serious than she had hoped at first. She needed surgery to install clamps to hold her arm in its rotator cuff, and the healing will take much longer. She’s been told it will be several more weeks before she can drive and up to a year before she can hold her baby grandson.
Despite all that, she seemed upbeat. And by the way, she has filed for re-election to another two-year term. (Only one other person filed for mayor. He’s Charley R. Smith, who’s been on the ballot several times.)
At council work sessions, Konopa sits next to council President Bill Coburn, who is recovering from knee surgery. On Monday, the mayor was laughing about her with her arm in a sling and Coburn with his cane lying next to his chair on the floor. (hh)