Surprise was the theme at Amelia’s Village Council meeting Dec. 18.
Anderson Township resident and local philanthropist Tom Riegel came to the meeting expecting to receive a service award; he left as the village’s annual ‘Citizen of the Year.’
“I was totally surprised,” he said. “And indeed, honored.”
In hand with a conspiratory invitation from the village, Riegel said that he was led to the meeting with the belief that his decade of professional work for the village was being recognized.
“Council’s plan worked perfectly,” he said. “It truly was a complete surprise, I admit I was taken aback. Around 25 family and friends were there and it was a nice party.”