February 5, 2009

Center Civic Center to be renamed to honor Betty Hagel

"Her family and the city were her whole life," said Mary Wahlman, who appeared before the Center City Council Feb. 2 to ask that they consider a memorial on behalf of Betty Hagel, who died Jan. 21.

Wahlman said Hagel served the community for more than 40 years with her involvement in the Oliver County Ambulance Squad, Golden Age Club, Center Park Board, Oliver County Food Pantry, West River Bus Board, American Legion Auxiliary, St. Martin’s Altar Society, and the Center City Council for 19 years.

Wahlman said Hagel was one of the organizers of the annual Old Settlers Days for many years.

"She was concerned about placing benches for people during Old Settlers so maybe we could do something related to that," Wahlman said.

Council member Chris Christianson had something more eminent in mind how about renaming the Center Civic Center the Betty Hagel Memorial Civic Center.

"We could get a plaque and have a presentation," Christianson said.

City auditor Becky Vosberg asked if the sign on the building should be changed. The council agreed that the civic center should be renamed in honor of Hagel and that Vosberg could look into changing the sign. No date was set for a formal dedication as yet.

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