A week after surprising retiring Township Clerk J. Mark Mutter with a resolution naming the records building in his honor, officials formally unveiled the sign that will adorn the outside of the structure for years to come.
Mutter, who also served as assistant township attorney and mayor during his three decades of public service, is retiring at the end of the month. Township council members surprised him with the news that the building would be named for him at the July 18 council meeting.
Mutter, as one of the duties of the township clerk, is the keeper of records such as public notices, agendas, minutes and more that are now archived at the Church Road site.
Mutter, also the township historian, was instrumental in leading efforts to have a building erected to consolidate the far flung places township records were stored. Now, Wittmann said, records are more accessible, readable and better kept thanks in no small part to Mutter’s leadership.
“He was the driving force behind the records center,” Councilman George Wittmann said. “Taking dusty boxes stored all over the place and organizing everything to the point now where we now what is in them and can easily find them and are properly utilizing them.”
The resolution, passed unanimously by the council, said the building should be renamed in Mutter’s honor in thanks of his efforts in “modernizing, revitalizing and bringing the township into the 21st century with his many ideas.”