Ricklic thanks mayor and council for support

Ricklic thanks mayor and council for support

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Sharon Ricklic spoke at the Nov. 8 meeting of New Philadelphia City Council to thank Mayor Day for his support for the annual leaf-raking project conducted by students in her volunteer group at Welty Middle School.

According to Ricklic, at least 70 students and, in some cases their siblings, raked leaves for senior citizens in the community on Nov. 6.

“I had asked Mayor Day a while back to share a post on Facebook about the Welty Middle School leaf-raking service project. I wanted to come tonight to personally thank you for sharing the post and supporting all of our volunteer efforts we’ve done through the years.”

Ricklic said many of the students made arrangements on their own to go back to some of the residents' homes and rake leaves again. “In addition, they are going to wash some windows and clean out some gutters.”

Councilman Dean Holland was one of the recipients of the service and commented on the teens’ work ethic. "They came to my property and went to work," he said. "There was no fooling around or playing around like teens typically would do, as I remember it. If this is the work ethic we have in our community with our teenagers, we’ve got a bright future for our community."

Councilman John Zucal thanked Ricklic for continuing the legacy of helping the community and continuing to instill in students the value of giving back and paying forward.

Council President Don Kemp joined in, thanking the students and Ricklic. “The kids and the community may not know how lucky they are to have you as an instructor,” he said. “Thank you for all you’ve done for the senior citizens of this community. It means a lot.”

Mayor’s report

Day announced the Vietnam War Memorial Traveling Wall will be at the VFW Post 1445 on Park Avenue Northwest until Sunday, Nov. 14.

Day also announced a public service honoring the life of Pvt. Emmet Schwartz in the courthouse courtyard on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. A 1939 graduate of New Philadelphia High School, Schwartz was killed in December 1944 in the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest. His remains, buried in a cemetery in France, were identified by DNA analysis only this year. Day said the funeral route and time will be announced when arrangements are finalized.

“I encourage everyone to please stand along the route once it's determined so you can welcome Pvt. Schwartz home,” Day said.

Other reports

Service director Ron McAbier reported the boat ramps at Waterworks Park and Route 416 will be reinstalled in the spring.

Regarding leaf pickup, McAbier directed residents to check for route updates on the city’s Facebook page or by calling the general service department at 330-339-2121.

Safety director Greg Popham said the fire department’s holiday toy drive will be held Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the fire department on a drive-up basis. Popham said the program is being conducted in conjunction with Job and Family Services and said all items donated will go to local families.

Law director Marvin Fete said he had issued a requested legal opinion on whether OSHA regulations mandating vaccinations apply to city employees. “As a political subdivision of the state, we are not employers under OSHA and therefore we are not subject to OSHA regulations,” Fete said.

Council comments

Kemp congratulated Cheryl Ramos and Dan Lanzer on being re-elected to council in the Nov. 2 election. He also congratulated newly elected council members Michael Pace and Jim Seidenright, Jr.

Legislation

Council passed two pieces of legislation: a resolution authorizing the annexation of property in Dover Township and an amended emergency resolution to purchase a 2022 Ford Explorer as a probation vehicle from Parkway Auto Superstore at a cost of $30,842, with funds to come from the contributions in lieu of the Community Service Fund.