JACKSON – It was a time of farewells and thanks through proclamations and plaques during the last meeting of 2018.

Presentations were made to retiring Township Clerk Ann Marie Eden and departing Township Council members Ann Updegrave (who was observing her birthday that night) and Scott Martin.

Each received high praise and a plaque of thanks from Mayor Michael Reina, Council President Kenneth Bressi and the members of the council.

Eden served the township for 21 years. She began working for Jackson in April of 1997 and was appointed a year later as deputy clerk. She started serving as acting township clerk on Jan. 1, 2001. She became township clerk in December 2001.

“We tried to get her to stay,” Council President Bressi said, but noted that Eden had plans to move out of Jackson and begin a new phase of her life. “In this form of government especially, it is the clerk who is the good council president.”

The session proved emotional for Updegrave and Eden.

Eden tearfully read a resolution during the meeting which appointed deputy clerk Janice Kisty as her successor.

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