Four Ironton councilmen say goodbye

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Little fanfare highlighted a 10-minute meeting of the Ironton City Council that heralded the final meeting for four of the council's seven members.

Little reference was made Monday to the fact Bob Isaac, Bill Nenni, Brent Pyles and Chairman Jim Tordiff will end their runs as councilmen at the end of the month.

The only mention came from Richard Price, one of the remaining councilmen, who thanked the men for their service and wished them well.

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Tordiff is ending the longest term of political service at the meeting, but the former mayor said that after 27 years, the time had come to leave the public life.

&#8220There's mixed emotions, but I truly have to slow my life down,” Tordiff said. &#8220I've had a heart attack. It's time to start de-stressing. But I'm very encouraged by the people coming on; I think it's going to be a good council.

&#8220I'm sure I'll watch the meetings on TV and yeah, I think I'll be back to meetings to listen Š and I'll probably say a few things from time to time.”

Councilmen Bob Isaac and Bill Nenni shared in Tordiff's mixed feelings.

&#8220I'm okay. I'm not sad. I enjoyed it,” said Isaac with a grin. &#8220But I'm kind of glad that it's over.”

&#8220I guess you do have mixed emotions,” Nenni said. &#8220I'm glad to have a big weight taken off of my shoulders, but I feel like I could have done more. I wish I could have done more.

Although he would have liked to have stayed for longer, Pyles respected the wishes of citizens looking for a new direction.

&#8220I'm glad that I had the opportunity to serve,” Pyles said. &#8220The citizens have voted for a change, and I wish them the best, I really do. You'll probably see me still sitting in the back.”

The meeting was also the site of a new beginning. The first order of business was the swearing in of Rick Meeks to the city council. Meeks replaced Jesse Roberts, who left council in late October to take a job with the Union County Board of MR/DD.

Meeks, the fifth highest vote getter in the Nov. 8 council election, was unanimously appointed to the council during their Nov. 10 meeting.

During the meeting, the council also gave second reading to a ordinance that would establish a separate stormwater utility fund.

The council also referred a resolution to the finance committee that would make a change to the budget to reflect monies donated to the city for new carpeting on the first level of the city building.