Reynoldsburg City Council voted unanimously last week to approve a resolution recognizing Feb. 6 as Ronald Reagan Day.

Reynoldsburg City Council voted unanimously last week to approve a resolution recognizing Feb. 6 as Ronald Reagan Day.

Feb. 6 would have been the former president's 100th birthday.

Reagan served two terms as president of the United States. He died on June 5, 2004, at the age of 93. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1994.

Councilman Doug Joseph introduced the resolution during a finance committee meeting on Jan.18. Council approved it on Jan. 24.

"A lot of state legislatures around the country have been doing these resolutions, some cities following suit, and I was familiar with the state version, so we simply modified it so we could do the same thing in Reynoldsburg," Joseph said.

He said an organization called the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project was established a few years ago with the idea of commemorating and celebrating the 100th anniversary of Reagan's birth.

"What they wanted to do is encourage legislative bodies all over the country to formally pass a resolution to that effect," Joseph said. "This was a person who was a president of the United States for eight years and even to this day, he is still viewed by many in this country as one of our great presidents.

"Many who were around back then think of it as a time of prosperity. He was very popular, twice elected in landslides, and to date, I think he's only the second president to win 49 out of 50 states," he said.

Joseph was in high school during the Reagan era and said the former president inspired him to become involved in politics and serving in government.

Councilman Barth Cotner said he appreciated the work the former president accomplished as well as the dedication he gave to the country.

"I don't think there's any harm in remembering someone who has served our country like he did. Unfortunately, we're seeing less good people taking leadership roles and I appreciate the leadership he provided," Cotner said.

Councilman Mel Clemens said he thinks Reagan was a good president and the resolution to commemorate his 100th birthday was a good idea.

"We honor a lot of presidents on things they do," Clemens said. "He did a good job on different items, and he was a good person and represented the United States real well."

Mayor Brad McCloud agreed and said - partisan politics aside - history will judge Reagan kindly.

"I think the citizens of the United States overall felt better at the end of his term than they did at the beginning of his term and I think that its' a fine thing to recognize his 100th birthday," McCloud said.

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