By KENDRA PEEK
11:35 AM EST, December 18, 2012
LANCASTER — Lancaster City Council held a meeting of a different sort Monday night, one that honored individuals who had been significant to the city.
State Rep. Lonnie Napier, the late Jimmy Crutchfield, and the late Billy C. Moss were honored by the council during what is expected to be its final meeting of the year, because of their importance to the city during their respective times of service.
“Their involvement has gotten us where we are today,” Councilman Chris Davis said, adding it was an honor to be able to recognize the three.
Napier, who is retiring officially from his role as state representative, has been instrumental in helping the city and county through the years. According to the resolution the council accepted, he is cited as having served as a member of the Kentucky National Guard, as state representative, and having “improved the educational opportunities of citizens of the City of Lancaster” by his involvement in the Lancaster Higher Education Center on Public Square, among many other things.
Mick described Napier as “a fierce advocate” for Lancaster as he worked as “a strong partner” to the current and former councils.
“We appreciate his service and never-ending passion for Lancaster and Garrard County,” she said.
“The council felt some really significant Lancaster leaders had passed this year,” said Councilwoman Maggie Mick, speaking of Moss and Crutchfield.
Moss served Lancaster as a mayor for nearly four decades, the resolution said, during which time there were many changes in the city, including upgrades done to the city water and sewer plants, a growth of business and industry in Lancaster, and the entrance of the city to the Bluegrass Area Development District.
Crutchfield is noted as a man of character and integrity who served as a council member for six years. He also was a businessman and a farmer who brought “steady decision-making” with him to his role as councilman.
Due to these recent losses, Mick explained, the council felt the need to memorialize their contributions to the city and honor the families of the two men. Councilman Brandon McGlone echoed those sentiments during the meeting, thanking the families for their sacrifice.
“I want to thank all of you all for giving of your family — to allow your family members to serve us and to give back to this community,” he said.
Napier, as well as the families of Moss and Crutchfield, received an official resolution from the council, expressing gratitude for the service given to the community. A plaque will be hung in the council chambers in Crutchfield’s honor.
Council also went into executive session to discuss items of pending litigation. No action was taken.
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