By Frank Lewis
The village of New Boston is mourning the loss of longtime mayor Jim Warren, and in his memory will shut down village offices on Thursday — the day of the memorial service.
Village administrator Steve Hamilton told the Daily Times on Monday, services will be curtailed so that village employees will have the opportunity to attend a special celebration of life at New Boston Glenwood High School, Number one Tiger Trail in New Boston at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Hamilton said those residents who normally would have their trash picked up on Thursday will have it picked up on Wednesday instead.
“That will be Glenwood east toward Walmart and north toward the corporation limit on (Ohio) 139,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton reminded area residents that the New Boston Police Department and the New Boston Fire Department will remain open throughout Thursday, though the rest of the village offices will be closed.
New Boston Village Council is expected to meet soon and install William “Junior” Williams as interim mayor. Williams has been serving in the capacity for several months since Warren became ill. Council will also need to fill Williams’ unexpired term on village council.
One thing that stands out as you drive through the village this week and that is the flags being flown at half-staff and business sign depicting the emotions of a community having lost a beloved citizen.
“It’s rough right now for me for sure because he was real close to me,” Hamilton said. “The guy helped me out with a lot of stuff not to do with the job. He helped me with my family. Lets just put it this way – we lost a very good man.”
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