By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor
The Madison Mayor and City Councilman bid farewell to Councilman Joe DiLetto last Monday. DiLetto, who has served on the city council for the last eight years, attended his last regular council meeting as a councilman.
“I wanted to make a list of all this council has accomplished over the last eight years, but I ran out of paper,” said DiLetto in his farewell address at Monday night’s council meeting.
DiLetto said he initially ran for City Council to work on securing the elimination of impact fees. Diletto is pleased with the city’s strides in economic development.
“Our sales tax collection, we are blowing it out of the water,” said DiLetto. “It’s incredible what we have done.”
DiLetto said the most meaningful aspect of serving on the City Council was wielding his influence on behalf of noble causes in the community. DiLetto worked closely with the late Laura Butler, former head of the Morgan County Branch of the NAACP, and the late Reverend Cedric Cotton, former pastor of St. Paul’s AME Church in Madison.
“Those are the things I really enjoyed doing,” said DiLetto. “Working with Laura Butler, God rest her, and Reverend Cotton, and using the influence I have to help them with money—those are really the things that are rewarding.”
“I thank the council the and the people who voted for me eight years ago. I will forever be thankful to all the citizens and their support,” closed DiLetto.
Mayor Fred Perriman and the other council members praised DiLetto for his service to the City of Madison.
“You have been an outstanding servant to our city,” said Perriman.
“We are going to miss you, Joe,” said Councilman Eric Joyce.
“It’s been a pleasure to have him on this council,” said Councilwoman Chris Hodges, who noted DiLetto was a mentor to her when she began serving on the city council. “He took me under his wing when he first got into office…It’s been wonderful to watch such a dedicated public servant. We don’t always degree, but we have never left this room on unfriendly terms we have always managed to be civil over major disagreements… It’s been a pleasure woking with him. Thank you, Joe.”
“We have always been able to agree to disagree and I thank you for all you have done for the city while you have been here,” said Councilwoman Carrie Peters-Reid.
City Attorney Jim Carter also praised DiLetto.
“I really have enjoyed working with you,” said Carter. “I appreciate the fact you are an independent thinker and such a hard worker and your heart of service for this community. You do so much for so many people with no recognition. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for you.”
DiLetto’s time on the city council may be at an end, but it might not be the last of DiLetto’s public service endeavors. DiLetto is hoping to land a spot on the city’s Housing Opportunity Commission next year. The council will review applications for commission in January.