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Antrim recognizes Elwood Myers for decades of service

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Elwood Myers stood with Antrim Township Municipal Authority members for one last time. He served on the board for 20 years. Pictured, from left: Dale Hostetter, Chad Murray, Myers, Rick Baer, Bob Coladonato and Rodney Eberly.

Elwood Myers was honored for 28 years of service to Antrim Township on Feb. 11. The board of supervisors presented him with an appreciation plaque for his role in two capacities, as supervisor from 1984-1991, and as a member of the Antrim Township Municipal Authority from 1993-2013.

Board chairman Pat Heraty called Myers "one of Antrim Township's most valued sons" and thanked him for his dedication to public service, a thankless job.

Fred Young III jokingly offered to start the roast. Each supervisor shared comments on their experience with Myers. Rick Baer had relied on him and added, "If I ever need to talk about the water tower, you're the guy."

James Byers appreciated Myers' help with second shift snow plowing. John Alleman said citizens also were grateful for his service, and that he knew how to get a hold of Myers, "at least on Sundays."

Young thanked him for remaining on for the last four-year term, even though he had considered stepping down, using a George Washington quote, "Haven't I done enough for my country?"

ATMA members also chimed in. Chad Murray said procedure would be different, as they would have to rely on notes instead on Myers' presence.

Rodney Eberly added, "We can no longer say, 'Remember that Elwood?' I can't believe you put up with this group as long as you did."

Young suggested he document everything he knows for posterity.

Antrim solicitor John Lisko shared accolades. New to municipal law and Antrim in 1990, Myers had been helpful to him. He also noted that Myers put aside personal feelings when dealing with the issues.

"You are the one person that, absolutely no doubt in my mind, every decision you made was with the best interest of the township."

Myers told the group he had enjoyed the work and the people.

"We may have had a few arguments, but we were friends when it was all over."

Other business

Bob Coladonato was appointed to serve out the balance of Baer's term on ATMA, expiring in three years. Baer had expressed interest in resigning, but waited until a replacement was found. Coladonato formerly served on the authority. The board still has one open seat.

The supervisors approved a request by Community Grace Church to use Antrim Township Community Park for its second Easter Egg-splosion on April 12, with a rain date of April 26.