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Grafton names council member to replace John Lescher

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    Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3341 trustee John Lescher, of Grafton, and Senior Vice Commander Rick Logue, of Grafton, view the dates on a Spanish American War headstone that was given to them for the museum in 2017. Logue was tapped by Grafton Mayor David Divencenzo to succeed Lescher, who died in office last month, on Grafton council.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE FILE

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This story has been edited to correct Rick Logue’s job history. He was an air traffic controller in Oberlin from 1970 to 2002.

GRAFTON — Rick Logue is the new Village Council representative for the 3rd Ward.

Mayor David DiVencenzo made the appointment at a special meeting Thursday night after an executive session during which council members could not come to a consensus on who should fill the seat of the late Council President John Lescher.

Lescher died March 6 at age 71 from complications of throat cancer. Councilman Matt Dukles, representing the 1st Ward, was named council president March 12.

That left council to choose someone to fill Lescher’s unexpired term in the 3rd Ward seat. Village Law Director Gretchen Holderman said that by village charter, the mayor makes an appointment to fill a vacant seat if council fails to do so.

“I listened to everyone, and everyone appeared strong” candidates, DiVencenzo said after the executive session. “But since it has passed to me, I choose Rick Logue.”

“If you’ll accept it?” DiVencenzo asked Logue, who was present at the meeting.

“I will,” Logue replied.

Logue will be sworn in at the next council meeting April 16.

A resident of Grafton since 1975, Logue is a 1966 graduate of Elyria High School. A U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, he has been the post commander at Hinkson-Hysell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3341 in Grafton since 2016, after previously serving in that role from 2007 to 2010.

Logue was an air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration in Oberlin from 1970 until 2002. He also has served on the village zoning board, the zoning board of appeals and the Grafton Village Fire Department.

Logue was one of five candidates seeking the seat.

The others were Robert Brandal, Rodney Campbell, Lisa Carter and Ann McDonald.

Logue will serve for the next six months but must run for election in November if he decides he wants to continue serving on council, village officials said.

In other business, Village Council unanimously approved an ordinance entering the village into an agreement with the VFW Post 3341 for a transfer of property containing the Grafton Veterans Memorial at 5 Points Park for the re-routing of Chestnut Street.

DiVencenzo said the village donated the property to the VFW about 20 years ago, “and now they’re donating it back.” Village Administrator Joe Price said the village had to promise the VFW it would move the veterans memorial elsewhere by 2023, and plans to do so in 2021.

Work commenced on Chestnut Street this week, with the Grafton Village Fire Department temporarily relocating operations to the North Park station at 1050 Novak Road while repairs to Chestnut Street and the apron outside the fire station are completed, Fire Chief Glen Thompson said this week.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.


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