Obetz Council honors outgoing mayor and others

By Ris Twigg
Staff Writer
Obetz Village Council recognized Mayor Greg Scott’s service to Obetz over the last 15 years and said their goodbyes to the outgoing mayor.

During his time as Obetz mayor, Scott helped spur the construction of Fortress Obetz, added over 300 acres to the Obetz park system and helped bring thousands of jobs — and their income tax revenue — to Obetz.

Council also passed ordinances renaming two separate Obetz facilities after two Obetz staff members who passed away this fall.

Jim Wiley was a former village council member who passed away in November. Council posthumously honored him at the meeting by renaming the newly-constructed Obetz Sledding Hill to “Wiley Hill.”

Both Scott and Davisson agreed that Wiley was “an advocate for the kids.”

“If you said, ‘We’re going to spend a $100 million to make an Obetz kid happy’, he would have said, ‘Yes, let’s do it,’” Davisson said. “Jim was a man of the people. He wanted to be out there. He wanted to hear what people thought and that’s going to be hard to replace.”

Another staff member, Kevin Hall, former superintendent of Obetz’s service department, unexpectedly passed away this fall just four weeks after his cancer diagnosis, Davisson said.

To honor his years of work in the service department, council named the Obetz service complex the “Kevin M. Hall Service Complex” to keep his legacy of kindness and hard-working spirit alive in Obetz for years to come.

Both of these places — the Kevin M. Hall Service Complex and Wiley Hill — are located right next to each other.

Council will hold a tribute to Wiley on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 5-8 p.m. in the council chamber at 4175 Alum Creek Drive.

“Both of them were tragic losses for us. They are going to be impossible to replace for us and both of them happened way too quickly,” Davisson said.

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