By Allison C. Gallagher
For the Troy Daily News
WEST MILTON — The West Milton council meeting Monday introduced new member Sarah Coppt to the bench. It also included recognition of the Community Pride Awards and a special presentation in honor of the Hometown Hero banner project and Wounded Warrior Project.
Mayor Jason Tinnerman and vice-mayor Susan Willis, along with council member Scott Fogle, nominated council member Fred Francis to fill the seat that Willis vacated when she was promoted to vice-mayor. Francis was sworn in by Tinnerman and is now Council Chairperson. The chairperson runs council when neither the mayor or vice-mayor is unable to.
The empty seat by Francis was filled by Sarah Copp. Copp, who applied for the council seat that went to councilman Dejon Dohrman at last month’s workshop, had interviewed and was sworn in to fill Francis’s seat.
Copp is a fifth generation Miltonian on her mother’s side. She has taught at Newton Elementary and is currently a stay-at-home mom while tutoring elementary students on the side. Copp will be coaching youth soccer in the fall, and is Awana director and early childhood manager at her church in West Milton.
“I am proud of our community and I want it to continue to improve and develop while maintaining the safe, hometown feeling that we already have,” Copp wrote in her council application. “I have seen many improvements throughout our town in the past five years, which is very encouraging to know that ‘the people’ care. I am also one of those people.”
She swore to uphold the United States Constitution, Ohio Constitution and West Milton Charter in her new position.
Three Community Pride Awards were given out to residents who went above and beyond to maintain curbside appeal for their homes. Allen and Sherry Smith of 217 W. Market St., Ben and Nancy Herron of 111 High St. and Jim and Joann Beavers of 56 Black Oak Drive received this month’s awards.
The village recently had its Fourth of July Festival and celebration, which included Hometown Hero banners down Miami Street celebrating local veterans.
“Our goal was to honor and empower those who served from our hometown,” Municipal Manager Matt Kline said. “And I feel like we did that.”
The campaign was spearheaded by Commander of American Legion Post 707 in Englewood Reck Carpenter and his wife Krista with the assistance of village staff. At the request of the Carpenters, the village decided to give any leftover funds from the banners to the Wounded Warriors Project. That total came to $500. Carpenter received the check from West Milton Mayor Jason Tinnerman.
According to Carpenter, the project was terrific, and he was glad that Kline agreed to help out with Hometown Heroes.
“It was my idea for Wounded Warriors,” Carpenter said. “We wanted to add that on to Hometown Heroes, and it was a simple addition for the financial part.”
Carpenter credited his wife for doing a lot of the legwork, and PC/Network Technician for Milton-Union Schools Joe Blackburn for participating and being of great help to the Carpenters.
“Hometown Heroes helps people keep in touch with Wounded Warriors,” he said. “I hope this is something that catches on across the state, sort of like dandelions spreading.”
Kline noted in the manager’s report that the Fourth of July celebration, including the festival in the park and the parade, was very successful this year. He said he was glad citizens had noticed the banners, bought plenty for the Fourth of July, and that interest had been stirred in the community.
Willis was in charge of this year’s Fourth of July parade and thanked everyone for participating, included Kline who she noted walked in the parade with her. She also shared that the parade and Hometown Heroes campaign has boosted public interest on social media.
“We’ve been asking the question, ‘what can we do to bring the community to the festival?’” Willis said. “There’s been a lot of feedback on Facebook and Twitter about the parade, festival and Hometown Heroes, and each year the festival has grown. We’ve had more people participate in the parade each year, and I’m glad.”
The council elected to create the Independence Day Committee, which will focus on planning for next year’s Fourth of July Festival.
Kline finished the meeting by announcing that The Gym, which is at 176 W. Front St. , West Milton, is hosting a Pump ‘n Run 5K on July 27. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and features a weightlifting portion as well as running.
Anyone interested can register by calling (937) 719-3603.