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Griffith sworn in as fire chief; New park named

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Griffith sworn in as fire chief; New park named

LANCASTER - Family packed the council chambers Monday, March 14 as John Thomas Griffith was sworn in as the new Lancaster Fire Chief.

“I just want to thank the mayor, council and city manager for allowing me to continue to serve the citizens of Lancaster,” said Griffith.

Griffith has worked with the city’s fire department for the past 25 years and said despite its ups and downs over the years, the city has a great department and wonderful men and women who continue to serve.

“I am grateful of the opportunity to continue bringing the pride, honor and integrity to this community,” said Griffith.

After a standing ovation for Griffith, the council went on to approve the name, Smokler Moo Meadows, for a new park located next to Ten Mile Creek and adjacent to the Lancaster Municipal Airport via a 5-1 vote.

District 4 Councilman James Daniels opposed.

“The Smokler family donated the remainder of their land to us and to signify the family had own the property and did ranching and livestock, they requested the park be named after them and their family history,” said City Manager Opal Robertson.

Robertson explained since the property is being leased, the city doesn’t have to pay for maintenance and operations so, it’s just bringing in revenue to the city.

“All the funds generated are going into the city’s general fund balance,” said Robertson.

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