Council Meeting Minutes
July 13, 2006
Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm by Mayor Mary Barber. Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Roll call: Robert Ortman – Present
Warren Simpson – Present
Ed Vanek – Present
Vickie Carroll - Present
Steve Reedy – Present
Laura Clark – Present
Mary Barber – Present
Aaron Reedy – Present
Mary asked if any visitors wished to speak. No one did.
Michael Carder was present from GGC Engineers to make a presentation to Council about their engineering services. He said they’ve had $500 retainers with other Villages. Michael said he will send over a contract for Council to review.
Timothy Oatney was present from his accounting firm to make a presentation to Council about his tax administrator services. He gave information to Council and said he normally charges 15% of monies collected.
Steve made a motion to approve the July 2006 minutes. Laura second. All yea.
Robert made a motion to approve the July 19, 2006 special meeting minutes. Steve second. All yea.
Robert made a motion to approve the July 2006 financial statement. Ed second. All yea.
Mary asked for a motion to approve the appointment of
Michelle Shumaker as Village Administrator effective August 13, 2006, the
effective date of Ordinance 2006-11 (An Ordinance creating the position of
Village Administrator, adopted by Council on July 13, 2006). The purpose of this motion is to correct the
earlier motion of July 13, 2006, which motion failed to clarify the effective
date of the creation of the position of Village Administrator.
Laura made a motion to waive the three-reading rule and declare an emergency for Ordinance 2006-16, An Ordinance waiving the residency requirement for the Village Administrator and the Declaration of an emergency. Robert second. All yea.
Ed made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2006-16, An Ordinance
waiving the residency requirement for the Village Administrator and the
Declaration of an emergency.
Report from Fire Chief – Jim Hite submitted his report - see attached. Jim announced that the department was awarded a Homeland Security grant of $105,967. Council congratulated him and his team for this accomplishment. Jim said the department will have to come up with 5% match which will be around $5,500.
Jim said he needed a
Jim said he would like to hire John Hilliard and James
Watkins to the fire department. After
some discussion, Ed made a motion to hire John Hilliard and James Watkins to
the fire department. Steve second. All yeah, except
from the Service Committee:
Robert said they met Wednesday, August 2nd. Laura, Ed, Steve and Robert were
present. They discussed the work that
still needed to be done at the
Report from the Safety Committee: Didn’t meet.
Report from the Finance Committee: Didn’t meet. Will meet this Monday, August 14 @ 7:30 pm.
Report from the Rules Committee: Didn’t meet.
Report from the Regional Planning Representative: Robert said Matt Keefe was present and made the same presentation about Fairfield County EMA as he did at the last Council meeting.
Old Business – Council discussed the $575 overage charge from the furnace installation. Mary asked if Council wanted they wanted to do. Ed made a motion to table the issue. Laura second. All yea.
Business – Aaron said
Lowell Hite mentioned at the last BOPA meeting that the $11.88 charge for
batteries should come out of the street fund, not the water fund because the
water department doesn’t have any street signs.
The batteries were used to light warning signs that were borrowed when
the water line broke a month ago on
Council agreed that we wouldn’t have needed them if it weren’t for the water break, and it’s an insignificant amount of money to bother with. Council said to leave the charge where it stood.
Aaron explained to Council the option that Solicitor Jeff Feyko mentioned to him about putting on a levy for streets instead of an income tax. They discussed the pros/cons. We could possibly try to get a 5 or 6 mill levy passed by voters. That would get about $22,000 - $25,000 a year in. If it doesn’t pass, we could go back to considering the income tax.
At 8:30 pm, Ed made a motion to go into executive session to discuss contract negotiations. Robert second. All yea.
At 9:25 pm, Steve made a motion to come out of executive session. Laura second. All yea.
Ed made a motion that the Village should supply the Village Administrator with a cell phone for ease of communication and for use in emergency situations, IF she desires to have a phone. The VA would pay $25 per month, and any charge over the standard monthly fee for use of the phone. Steve second. All yea.
Laura made a motion that the Village should purchase two signs pertaining to the railroad history of the Village to be put on the corporation limit posts, as suggested in a letter to the Mayor. The cost of the signs is not to exceed $500. Steve second. All yea
Steve said a nuisance letter needed to be sent to Walnut
Creek Sewer District because they have not been mowing their property on
Council also agreed that a letter needed to be sent to the owners of the old school building next door about their grass.
Mary said she’s received several complaints regarding the
house across the street from the
Steve made a motion to adjourn.
Aaron L. Reedy, Clerk