MOUNT VERNON — A chapter of city legislation came to an end on Tuesday night as four council members, totaling nearly 80 years of experience, said goodbye.
Chuck Dice, a past council president of 23 years and representative of the 2nd Ward for 14 years, closed out his final meeting Tuesday.
“Chuck provided fine representation for the people in the 2nd Ward but also paved the way for more green space, better equipment and game fields in our parks,” said Bruce Hawkins in presenting a proclamation on Dice’s retirement. “Chuck and his wife, Dory, lived in the ‘west end’ of the city but Chuck’s vision always included the entire Mount Vernon community.”
Council President John Booth served the people of 2nd Ward for 22 years and city residents as president for 13 1/2 years.
“John Booth in his quiet but steady manner presided over legislative sessions giving equal opportunity to every council person as well as members of the public,” Hawkins said presenting Booth’s proclamation. “John presided over council during the 200th birthday of the city, the Coshocton Avenue improvement, the opening of the water park, the new main fire station, the water treatment plant, the early development of Foundation Park, purchase and renovation of B&O Railroad Depot, as well as many other improvements.”
Hawkins also read proclamations honoring Rebecca Jordan for her two terms as councilmember at-large and Jay Maners for his single term representing the 1st Ward.