Marietta City Council recognizes recent city retirees

MARIETTA — City Council recognized several of this year’s retirements from public service Thursday from the fire department, health department, municipal court and public utilities.

Timothy A. Casto, Pamela Jo Duffy, Gerald R. Gulley, Jack J. Hansis and Judy McCoy were recognized for their cumulative 126 years of service to the city and its residents.

“It has been an honor to serve the citizens of the community,” said Casto after receiving a plaque from the city’s acting mayor, Josh Schlicher.

Capt. Marc Coppernoll said the tradition of service from Casto and other firefighters lives on in two sons of Marietta firefighters now serving the department including one of Casto’s.

“For Tim it was always the citizens of Marietta first, the fire department second and his family third,” said Coppernoll.

Marietta Municipal Court Judge Janet Dyar-Welch was in attendance Thursday to thank longtime employee of her office Judy McCoy.

“I enjoyed every year of it,” said McCoy. “Both the 12 years under Judge (Milton) Nuzum and the 12 years for Judge Welch.”

Council also authorized a right of way request by a contractor of the Memorial Health System to begin directional boring from Warren Street to Fourth Street and along Fourth Street to Ferguson Street so that the system’s main Marietta campus can install an underground fiber optic network.

“The hospital needs better Internet and they are covering the cost of the work,” said Councilwoman Kathy Downer. “There will be some noise but it’s noninvasive for the citizens otherwise and the city engineer will check in on the work periodically.”

Planning, Zoning and Annexation Committee Chairwoman Sarah Snow noted the agenda for her committee’s upcoming meeting.

“It would be nice to get a dialogue from the community on how they feel about medical marijuana cultivation and sales in their town,” said Snow after the meeting. “I hope people will come to the meeting on (Oct. 12 at 5:30 p.m.).”

Council will also hold a Streets Committee meeting Oct. 11 at 4:15 p.m. to talk about right of way ordinance changes and will be followed by Lands, Buildings and Parks Committee. Snow’s committee will be preceded Thursday by Finance and Employee Relations committees. All Marietta City Council committee and regular meetings are held in room 10 of the Armory, 241 Front St.