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Florence Names New City Coordinator

The City of Florence named its new city coordinator, a familiar face to the city building.

Josh Wice will assume the new role on December 13.

From 2008 to 2016, Wice was the director of business and community development, and assistant city coordinator in Florence.

He is currently a vice president at REDI Cincinnati.

“Josh Wice brings many positives to the city’s management team," said Mayor Diane Whalen. "His past experience with city operations will make this a seamless transition for all members of city staff. We look forward to Mr. Wice’s return to the City of Florence next month."

In other news from Florence, at this week's city council meeting, members of city council and residents were appointed to various committees and boards.

Councilman Gary Winn was appointed to the board of directors of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) for a one-year term.

Richard Lunneman, Kim Allen Bunger, and Lori Heilman were each reappointed to the Boone County Planning Commission to represent the city. Their appointments are four-year terms beginning in January.
Several children who are on the student council at Erpenbeck Elementary School, under the guidance of Student Council sponsor Julia Holland, came to the council meeting to give a report on what they do at their school.
They talked about the recycling efforts they are making, and asked the city to partner with them.
Mayor Diane Whalen said that Florence participates in recycling, but it costs the citizens extra to have recycling at their homes. She also said that a long time ago, the garbage companies could make money off the recyclables, but now it is not as clear cut and the market is not there.
However, she told the students she was glad to be their partner and everyone should continue to work on it because recycling is worthwhile.
Don Black and Allen Brubaker came to the meeting to tell the board about the Boone County ACE Imagineering Academy. With a PowerPoint presentation, they explained that that the academy has been in business three years, and the pictures showed the different projects the students have worked on.
The last thing they talked about was the Ignite Institute which will open next fall. Mayor Whalen told them she appreciated hearing about the achievements in the county.
Mayor Whalen said the leaf collection is ongoing, and said the Public Works Department is still helping residents get rid of broken limbs which fell during the ice storm.
She advised residents to call if they have branches that need to be picked up.
The city will have the annual tree lighting at the new community plaza on Mall road next Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer. Michael Monks contributed.