Gary Milner has been re-elected mayor of the city of Delaware.

Gary Milner has been re-elected mayor of the city of Delaware.

Delaware City Council on Nov. 21 unanimously gave Milner a second term. Council member and former mayor Windell Wheeler was re-elected vice mayor, also unanimously.

The organizational meeting was held to swear in four ward council members elected Nov. 8: Chris Jones, Joe DiGenova, Andrew Brush, and Lisa Keller.

DiGenova is beginning his sixth term on council.

"It was a close race," DiGenova said of his most recent campaign. "I was outspoken on a couple of the issues that were on the ballot."

Milner congratulated the re-elected council members and thanked them for their support.

"I do appreciate the confidence in me by my fellow council members, and we will move forward and I will hopefully lead us to bigger and better things."

Looking ahead to his two-year term, Milner said he foresees that council will have some challenges.

"We still have state funding cuts that we're going to have to deal with over the next couple of years. And … we're also going to have to make sure (funding is available for) the water treatment plant," he said.

But the current city council is capable of handling the problems and issues that will arise, in Milner's opinion.

"This is probably the strongest group we've had since I've been on city council for six years," he said. "It is an honor to be the mayor."

Wheeler said he will leave council at the end of his current two-year term. He will have served 16 years on council.

"There are things that I want to do with family and grandkids. We have children and step-children in Colorado, Florida and Ohio and we're looking to visit them some more," Wheeler said.

"It's time to get somebody else new in. After these two years, all three at-large members will be up for election. Hopefully somebody really good will start getting themselves focused and … get involved with the city."

Wheeler said the planning commission was a great way for him to get his feet wet in local politics and recommended it for those who might be interested in running for council in the future.

"You really get the ins and outs of what's happening in the city," he said.