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Boston bombing

Gahanna council opens with moment of silence


Gahanna City Council opened its April 15 meeting with a moment of silence for those who were killed and injured earlier in the day after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The meeting also ended with council members offering their thoughts and prayers for the people in Boston.

Council member Karen Angelou said she has been praying about the situation there. She said her friend, Tina Husted, who is married to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, ran in the marathon.

"I hope and pray she's OK," Angelou said.

An Associated Press story quoted Husted, who said she already had finished the race and was inside a car when she heard the explosion.

Council member Ryan Jolley said his thoughts are with friends and family in Boston.

"I echo the sentiments," said Stephen Renner, council president. "I don't have family and friends there. When something like this affects one American, it affects us all."

Council member Beryl Anderson concurred with her colleagues. She said she went to Boston College. Anderson said the tragedy marks another act of inhumanity. She said she hopes for greater healing throughout the world concerning how people treat one another.

In other council discussion, parks and recreation director Tony Collins reported that everything at Headley Park is up and running after a minor sewer backup over the weekend.

Collins said no visitors were in danger because of the April 13 incident, as public access to the affected area was blocked off during the cleanup process.

Collins said the problem at 1031 Challis Springs Drive was addressed quickly by the city's service and parks-rec staff, and outside contractor A&B Sanitation was called to assist with clearing affected lines and completing cleanup procedures.

He said the park was hosting recreation and soccer games the day of the problem, and Gahanna Soccer Association president John Will chose to cancel all recreational soccer games scheduled for the weekend and Monday.

At some point, Collins said, it was communicated erroneously that Gahanna and the Environmental Protection Agency had required the fields to be closed.

"Neither the city of Gahanna nor the EPA asked that the fields be closed," Collins said.

He said the EPA sets requirements for such cleanups, and Gahanna and A&B Sanitation followed proper procedures.

The decision to cancel games was a precautionary measure by the GSA to ensure the cleanup was completed without interruption, Collins said.