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Marietta council honors retirees

Public service is often a thankless task, with plenty of critics.

But Marietta City Council recognized the dedication of three recent retirees from city employment during its regular business meeting Thursday.

Larry Poulton, who began working for the city in 2000 as an operater in the city wastewater plant, concluded his tenure with the city in the equipment maintenance department on May 31.

Council President Josh Schlicher recalled pleasurable banter during Poulton’s time as an employee of the city.

“Laughing out at the garage with him and Charlie (Becker) he was always great for conversation,” said Schlicher of Poulton, who also served as a city laborer and within the streets department for a time.

Pat Gragan, who Marietta Law Director Paul Bertram recalled attending Marietta College with in 1980, concluded his service as a Marietta police officer after 32 years on the force on June 28.

“I was on the force with Pat; he’s a good man,” added Councilman Mike McCauley, also a retired policeman.

And the final employee recognized, Sandra Hickey, was lauded for her service within the city health department for 33 years, from 1986 until the close of August this year.

“She always seemed to save the city money,” praised Councilman Steve Thomas. “I have to commend her for that.”

None of the three were in attendance, but Mayor Joe Matthews did read proclamations to accompany the plaques made for each past employee, thanking each for their time with the city.

Other business:

Council also passed a standard appropriation ordinance covering $2,000 in electric utilities billing, $583 in insurance and bonding and reimbursing capital outlay for dock repairs from winter flood damage for $72,726.47 in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds.

Council will next meet Monday at 3:30 p.m. in room 10 of the Armory, first for Streets Committee and then followed by Police and Fire Committee.

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