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Posted on: September 9, 2022

Aimee Merrill Named September's Citizen of the Month

Merrill - Citizen of the Month - September 2022

Aimee Merrill was nominated as Citizen of the Month for September 2022 by Council Member Chet Effler.

Council Member Effler stated that he nominated Ms. Merrill, because of her strong business leadership as well as the services and financial aid she has provided to those that are less fortunate.

Council Member Effler stated that Ms. Merrill’s dedication to helping clients that other companies would not accept was another reason why she was chosen. He stated that Ms. Merrill’s business had grown from 10-15 clients in 2011 to 140 clients in 2022.

Council Member Effler stated that Ms. Merrill’s business not only served those in need, but also provided gainful and meaningful employment to more than 200 individuals. He stated that her business had grown from $300,000 a year to $8.2 million in 2022.

Council Member Effler stated that Ms. Merrill had sponsored numerous sporting teams, given to individual kids to attend events, and donated schools supplies and other items when needed.

He stated that Ms. Merrill’s company had also visited storm torn communities and delivered necessities that they needed.

Council Member Effler stated that Ms. Merrill had also paid for numerous funerals when members of the community needed financial assistance. He stated that during COVID-19 she also provided meals and supplies to members of the community in need.

Council Member Effler stated that Ms. Merrill also provided transitional housing to allow for long-term hospitalized members of the community to finally transition back into the community.

He stated that she also found the time to provide meals and host activities for local law enforcement agencies, so that agencies could better interact with the clients that she served.

Mr. Effler concluded his presentation by saying that Ms. Merrill’s dedication to her work showed not only through the way she treated her clients, but by the way she continued to serve the community. He stated that he was proud that Ms. Merrill was the first person he could recognize as Citizen of the Month.

Following Mr. Effler’s Comments, Council Members and Mayor Little praised Ms. Merrill for her dedication to the community. 

Council Member Billy Martin said he was blown away by Ms. Merrill’s success and dedication. He stated that Mr. Effler had made a good choice. 

Mayor Pro Tem Ayers  stated that having worked in the mental health field he understood the dedication Ms. Merrill’s job took. He stated being your brothers and sisters keepers was one of the best things a person could do in life. 

City Manager Bob Boyette stated that Citizen of the Month started in 1998. He stated that he thought that not a person who had been nominated since that time exemplified what Ms. Merrill did. 

Mr. Boyette stated that there was probably a lot of people who wanted to help others, but that they didn’t have the talent and skills to do so like Ms. Merrill. 

Council Member Harkey stated that she remember Ms. Merrill from Marion Elementary School. She stated that it had been great to watch Ms. Merrill use her curiosity and tenacity to achieve her dreams. 

Ms. Harkey said it was an honor to get to recognize Ms. Merrill as Citizen of the Month. She thanked her for always having dog bowls out in front of her business for canines to stop and get a drink. 

Mayor Little then opened the floor to public comment. 

Ms. Merrill’s Mother, Tamora Clontz, stated that she was proud of the young woman Ms. Merrill had become. She stated that her daughter had always had a servant’s heart. She stated that Aimee had always given as much as she could and that she was proud that Ms. Merrill could continue to run the business that she started so many years ago. 

Mayor Little stated that just the sheer volume of people at the Council Member to support Ms. Merrill showed what an impact she had made on other’s lives. 

Ms. Merrill stated that she was completely honored by the recognition. She stated that she respected everyone that worked with her. She stated that she could not do what she did without their support and help. 

Ms. Merrill then thanked her mother for raising her to be such a compassionate person. 

Mayor Little then opened the floor to public comment.

Ms. Merrill’s Mother, Tamora Clontz, stated that she was proud of the young woman Ms. Merrill had become. She stated that her daughter had always had a servant’s heart. She stated that Aimee had always given as much as she could and that she was proud that Ms. Merrill could continue to run the business that she started so many years ago.

 

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