Two longtime members of the Manchester City Council have been honored with Manchester’s First Citizen Award.
Ron Struble and Dan Stelken have served side-by-side on the City Council for years – Struble for eighteen years and Stelken for sixteen. And both have decided it’s time to move on.
In addition to his seat on the council, Struble worked at West Delaware for many years and served our country in the Iowa National Guard. He also held the title of State Legion Commander. He resigned several weeks ago due to health issues. Struble told KMCH that being presented with the First Citizen Award by Mayor Milt Kramer means a lot to him.
Meanwhile, fellow council member Stelken has decided not to seek another term and will end his time on the Manchester City Council at the end of the year. Stelken has also been very active in the Manchester community, serving on the Manchester Fire Department for 25 years. He says he wasn’t expecting to be honored for his service.
The honors came during the City of Manchester’s annual Boards and Commissions and Volunteer Recognition Open House on Wednesday night at the Manchester fire station. The City also presented the Distinguished Service Award, which was given to Steve Palmer. Palmer, a local business owner, has served on the Chamber Board, the hospital board and the downtown incentive committee – and you can find him each year helping the Manchester Fire Department put up the holiday decorations downtown.
And the City of Manchester gave their Volunteer of the Year Award to Jo Schreck and Cinde Lippold-Owen for their work with Kids ‘n Critters Camp. Schreck calls the honor the “the icing on the cake”.
Two volunteers were also recognized as they retired from their positions – Richard Waterman with Eastern Iowa Regional Housing Authority and Tom Allyn with the Greater Delaware County Community Foundation. The City of Manchester currently has 80 residents, staff members and council members serving on twenty-seven various boards, commissions and committees – plus an additional forty people who volunteer their time as coaches for the City’s Park and Rec Department.
photos courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH