SALEM - Councilwoman Cyndi Baronzzi Dickey ended Tuesday's city council meeting with words of thanks for the community's outpouring of support for the grieving family of 9-year-old Olivia Thompson, who was her niece.
Olivia was struck by a hit-and-run driver who's been bound over to the Columbiana County grand jury to face charges related to her death Nov. 10.
The fatal accident occurred in downtown Salem on State Street near Dollar General the night of Nov. 9.
Dickey said when she campaigned for council last year, she said she loved Salem and in dealing with the sudden loss of Olivia, she said she found out why she loved Salem, citing the outpouring of prayers, cards, food and support the family received.
She sent special thanks to the firefighters, emergency ambulance personnel, police officers, Salem Community Hospital personnel and Akron Children's Hospital personnel who all worked so heroically to try to save Olivia. She said they were good about communicating with the family.
She also thanked the city administration and council members and all people who gave a donation to the family. She said her sister-in-law and brother-in-law were touched by the generosity of the people they've only seen on television.
Dickey first offered condolences to the family of Councilman Brian Whitehill, who suffered a loss in his own family recently with the death of his grandmother.
Council announced the dates for several meetings coming up, with council members voting to suspend the second meeting in December, cancelling the meeting which would have been held Dec. 18.
The next regular meeting will be held Dec. 4. The first meeting in 2013 was changed to Jan. 2 since the first Tuesday falls on the holiday, Jan. 1.
The Rules and Ordinances Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 27 regarding graffiti, but the meeting will be a work session with city Law Director Brooke Zellers, with no public comment taken although the public will be welcome to attend.
The Committee of the Whole will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 regarding the performance audit.
The Finance Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Nov. 29 regarding the 2013 budget.