City officials joined a horde of well-wishers in honoring Thomas J. Riley and Ida Copenhaver-Ginter, two longtime members of Upper Arlington's Board of Zoning and Planning, during its April 16 meeting.

City officials joined a horde of well-wishers in honoring Thomas J. Riley and Ida Copenhaver-Ginter, two longtime members of Upper Arlington's Board of Zoning and Planning, during its April 16 meeting.

The tenures of Riley and Copenhaver-Ginter, who served a combined 54 years, ended earlier this year.

Donald Leach, vice president of city council, issued a proclamation in honor of the two.

"It has to be wonderful to drive around the city and see so many projects you've been involved with," he told them. "When I was mayor, I knew you were the right people for the job."

Leach, who noted that Riley served 11 mayors and Copenhaver-Ginter served at least eight mayors, commended them for their unselfishness in serving in the volunteer positions.

The former board members also received commendations from the Ohio General Assembly, the Ohio Senate and a representative from the office of U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Columbus).

"It's been a pleasure and a great learning experience for me," Copenhaver-Ginter, a board member since 1988, told the crowd. "I learned a lot about people. Hopefully, Upper Arlington will be better because of our service. We were fortunate to have wonderful staff members who are very patient and dedicated to their jobs."

Riley, who began his tenure in 1982, wished new members Kevin Carpenter and Shannon Tolliver good luck.

"It's given me a great amount of joy to serve over the years," he said, adding jokingly to Carpenter and Tolliver, "You don't have to do it for 30 years."

Robert Tullet, who replaced Riley as chairman, expressed the board's thanks to his former colleagues.

"T.J. was my mentor on the board," he said noting that Riley's experience as an attorney helped diversify opinions. "It was refreshing to hear the legal side of the issues. Ida brought a feminine perspective to the board."

After the ceremony, board members approved the following variances:

• Saleem and Bonnie Awan of Willowbrook Road for a garage addition which will encroach 17-feet, 2-inches into a rear yard setback.

• Phillip and Gina Rancitelli of Stanford Road for construction of a 7-foot, 4-inch by 25-foot, 10-inch front porch in lieu of the maximum projection permitted in the front yard.

• Todd and Lane Degenhart for the construction of a 4-foot, 10-inch by 10-foot, 5-inch front porch in lieu of the maximum projection permitted in the front yard.

• Dr. K.C. Fahrbach for construction of a one-story laundry and dining room addition which will connect to an existing non-conforming attached garage.

• William and Sheri Brethel for construction of an attached garage that will encroach a little more than 1.5 feet into the required minimum 10-foot sideyard setback.

A request by Primrose Schools for a variance on a major site plan for a 12,000-square-foot day care facility was postponed until the May 7 and May 21 meetings.