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Council recognizes service from all ages

Lisa Keller recognizes Joe DiGenova for his military service in Vietnam.

Lisa Keller recognizes Joe DiGenova for his military service in Vietnam.

Involvement in local civic participation and service in the national defense were prominent features of this week’s City Council meeting, held the day before Veteran’s Day.

“I just wanted to take a moment, on this Veteran’s Day eve, to honor one of our own,” said Second Ward Councilwoman Lisa Keller.

She was speaking about Third Ward Councilman Joe DiGenova, who served in Vietnam from 1965 to 1968.

“We thank you for your service to our country, and on behalf of City Council and all of America, we thank you for your service,” Keller said.

“If there’s anyone else who’s present in the audience this evening who served our country, we’d like to extend our gratitude on behalf of City Council. Thank you very much.”

During public comment, DiGenova said that they’d received funding from the County toward the Veterans’ Memorial Park, and he hopes it will be completed by this time next year – the 50th anniversary of his tour in Vietnam.

St. Mary Parish Cub Scout Loyal Eagles Patrol Pack #249 leads the Pledge of Allegiance.

St. Mary Parish Cub Scout Loyal Eagles Patrol Pack #249 prepares to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

While it’s been customary for a local faith leader to offer the invocation, this week’s meeting also saw special leaders for the Pledge of Allegiance – a local Cub Scout Pack from St. Mary’s Parish, led by Pack Leader Rob Gabel.

The Cub Scouts weren’t the only young leaders at the meeting – Council also recognized their high school counterparts in the Youth in Government program. Earlier in November, the eight students joined Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle, Fourth Ward Councilman Andrew Brush, City Manager Tom Homan and Assistant City Manager Jackie Walker in the Saturday morning event carried out with the Delaware YMCA.

The Youth in Government is usually focused on involving students in state politics, but in this new program they learned about city issues.

Local YMCA Youth in Government participants are recognized.

Local YMCA Youth in Government participants are recognized.

In general business, the city approved consideration of Speedway LLC’s request for a liquor permit at their future location on U.S. 23 North. Although local residents John and Susan McGrail raised some questions and concerns about the process, City Attorney Darren Shulman advised Council that there’d be no legal reason for an objection to the permit request.

Susan McGrail requests to speak during the liquor permit consideration.

Susan McGrail requests to speak during the liquor permit consideration.

Council also recognized and approved expansions for local acts of service – they granted conditional use permits to expand the Delaware Health Care Center and the Salvation Army’s site at 340 Lake Street. The Salvation Army hopes to build to offer short-term housing on their property, currently to between 20-24 people through double-occupancy rooms.

The city also considered an ordinance to renew their contract with the Delaware YMCA for another three years, although they held it over to a second reading.

No Shave November: Fourth Ward Councilman Andrew Brush offers advice ("Use conditioner") to Police Chief Bruce Pijanowski, who's growing a beard to raise funds for the United Way.

No Shave November: Fourth Ward Councilman Andrew Brush offers advice (“Use conditioner”) to Police Chief Bruce Pijanowski, who’s growing a beard to raise funds for the United Way.

About Spenser Hickey

Spenser Hickey is the DelawareO's reporter for the City Hall beat and a photographer. Providing bi-weekly summaries of Delaware City Council meetings, he seeks to inform and explore the local issues that define Delaware. A senior Journalism major at Ohio Wesleyan, he has also written for the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and The Transcript, OWU's independent student newspaper.

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