Trio Honored

ST. MARYS — Three local law enforcement officials received formal recognition for their respective roles in pulling a St. Marys woman from the St. Marys River on Nov. 1.

During Monday night’s St. Marys City Council meeting, councilors approved resolutions of commendation for Auglaize County Sheriff’s Deputies Brian Little and James Holtzapple and St. Marys Police Chief Greg Foxhoven for their actions in pulling Marilyn Hofacker, 69, from the St. Marys River. The three jumped into the icy waters and were able to bring Hofacker to shore, where she was later transferred to a Lima hospital for treatment.

“Whereas through the courageous efforts of Brian Little, James Holtzapple and Greg Foxhoven, the resident was rescued and is now recovering,” Council President Dan Hoelscher read from the resolution. “This council and the city administration hereby commend Auglaize County Deputy Sheriff Brian Little and James Holtzapple and Police Chief Greg Foxhoven for their actions on Nov. 1, 2012, when they placed their lives in jeopardy by participating in the rescue of a resident of St. Marys from cold waters of the St. Marys River ... Deputy Little, Deputy Holtzapple and Chief Foxhoven’s actions exemplify the admirable efforts of our safety forces and demonstrates the results of working together as a team to accomplish a common goal.”

Each received a resolution, signed by all city councilors marking the Hofacker’s rescue. Hoelscher praised the men’s efforts in saving Hofacker’s life.

“I’d like to commend all three gentlemen on their efforts,” Hoelscher said.

In other business, councilors:

• Heard a report from Safety-Service Director Eric Ostling regarding the timing of the clock tower’s chimes in Memorial Park. Ostling said a resident approached him regarding the tower’s chimes at night. Ostling said he would look into the matter and report about it at the next council meeting.

• Approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the codified ordinances regarding nuisance properties and the service of notices.

• Approved the third and final reading of an ordinance regarding changes to the civil service age requirements and other procedures.

• Set a water/wastewater committee meeting for 5:15 p.m., a streets and sidewalks committee meeting for 5:30 p.m. and a parks and playgrounds committee meeting for 5:45 p.m. Dec. 3.

Councilors entered executive session to discuss possible real estate acquisition. No action was taken when councilors reconvened in regular session.

The next meeting of the St. Marys City Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the city building located along East Spring Street.