Buckhannon Council bids farewell to city recorder

The Inter-Mountain photo by Sarah Goodrich Buckhannon Mayor David McCauley presents Susan Aloi with Buckhannon’s Ambassador Award Tuesday.

BUCKHANNON — Tuesday night’s Buckhannon City Council meeting was the last for Dr. Susan Aloi as her term as city recorder has come to end.

Aloi was appointed as city recorder in October 2016, and she did much more than record the minutes of several different municipal meetings.

“We needed a person whose ethical perspective was beyond reproach, whose work ethic was excellent, whose time management skills were off-the-charts fantastic, whose honesty and integrity were impeccable, who was a skilled writer and a nifty public speaker, who was well-organized and a natural leader,” said Mayor David McCauley, adding he approached Aloi four months into his term as mayor.

Aloi is “the constant voice of reason,” McCauley added.

“She always takes the ethical and moral high ground. She’s inclusive, transparent and demands that organizations she associates herself with behave competently, but are able to prove their competence through being properly and fully evaluated and accessed,” he continued.

City council members expressed gratitude toward Aloi and her time as city recorder, thanking her for her dedication to the city.

“As a woman serving on city council, I’ve really enjoyed your input, your personality — just everything,” said Council member Mary Albaugh. “You were the perfect candidate for this job, and we needed you. And you did an awesome job.”

Council member Robbie Skinner agreed that Aloi was the ideal candidate for the position.

“I remember when interviewed you, and I remember thinking to myself that you were absolutely the perfect person for this position, and you were,” Skinner said.

To recognize her service, the mayor proclaimed “Susan Aloi Day” and presented her with the Buckhannon Ambassador Award. The installation of a permanent placard upon the Ambassador’s Bench will be placed honoring Aloi.

Aloi thanked council for having ” the confidence in appointing me to this position.”

“One of my goals in taking this position was to learn more about municipal operations,” she said. “I’ve just been really fascinated with the operation and really expressed with the level of dedication that all of the city employees have.”

Aloi’s term will conclude at 1 p.m. Friday, when Colin Reger will be sworn in as the new Buckhannon city recorder.

In other news from Tuesday’s meeting:

• The Buckhannon-Upshur High School girls basketball team was honored with a mayor’s proclamation, proclaiming May 15 to be “Lady Bucs Basketball Day.” Hanna McClung, B-UHS basketball player, was honored with a mayor’s proclamation for being the all-time leading scorer in the history of B-UHS girls’ and boys’ basketball.

• Council was introduced to the first reading of an amended ordinance regarding animal cruelty and tethering of dogs. This is the first of three readings.

• Council approved the appointment of Nathan Fetty to the Waste Collection Board.