VANDALIA — The Vandalia City Council unanimously voted to name the Vandalia Recreation Center after former City Manager Bruce Sucher on Monday evening.
An Ad Hoc Committee appointed by Mayor Arlene Setzer unanimously recommended the renaming in May after receiving a letter from Sucher’s long time friend Larry Taylor. Taylor spoke at Monday’s meeting prior to the vote.
“Bruce has given his life to this town,” said Taylor, who previously stated he didn’t believe the Recreation Center would exist without Sucher. “He loved it (Vandalia) with every fiber of his being. He was a phenomenal man.”
Sucher, who served the city as a police officer, chief of police, and city manager, died in March. He was the President of the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education at the time of his death.
Sucher was the city manager when the Recreation Center and Justice Center were constructed. In an interview shortly after his death, Taylor said Sucher was instrumental in seeing the projects to completion.
“Bruce had a lot of passions about a lot of things,” said Mayor Arlene Setzer, “but the Rec Center was his baby.”
Council Member Bob Ahlers said he had spoken to many residents about the possible re-naming and found “100 percent support.”
The Vandalia Parks and Recreation department is considering signage at the Recreation Center as well as a plaque. Director Steve Clark told Council that it should be completed by this fall.
Council Member Candice Farst said she had already gotten used to saying the “Sucher Center” when referring to the Recreation Center.
Council Member Mike Blakesly summed up the overall sentiment of Council.
“This is a great way to honor a great man,” he said.
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