by Sue Miklovic
Last Tuesday’s NB Village Council meeting began with the normal monthly “Committee of the Whole” reports.
Brief discussions were held concerning these areas of interest:
+Overview of 2018 budget (Chris Kirk)
+Salary discussion (Allyson Murray)
+NB vs. surrounding area Many sewer/water workers leave (due to low pay)
+Use of vacation time-would like to change it to being able to use only 4 hours at a time vs. full 8 hours
+Would like to see a 5% pay increase for the Village Finance Officer (He has been here 5 years)
+Wood County Mitigation and Public Meeting being held in North Baltimore on November 27th at 7:00pm (WC EMA will lead the meeting)
+Important for our community to be represented at this meeting, concerning our needs for sirens, storm shelters, flood relief, and other areas of emergency situation management
+Information shared on Neighborhood Revitalization grants, which NB will qualify for, because of the recent LMI survey the community filled out (Many were returned by residents with their water bill payments)
+The Tree Commission announced 30 trees will be planted this week in boulevards and on Village property.
+NB Fire Chief Ted Francisco announced the NBFD will sponsor a “Toys for Tots” toy drive on Saturday, December 9, at the Fire Station, from 8:00am until 12:00 noon. “We will accept new, unwrapped toys, or cash” he said.
Tuesday was the final meeting for member Holly (Emahiser) Ryder, as she is moving outside of the village limits, and will no longer be a resident. Because of this, a replacement needs to be named to fill her seat for the remainder of her term.
Two residents, Leisa Zeigler and Charlotte Powell, informed the Mayor of their willingness to fill the vacant spot, and were invited to address Council during the meeting. Mayor Goldner was absent so Council President Richard VanMooy led the meeting.
Leisa Zeigler talked of her experience in banking and real estate and her desire to see revitalization in the downtown area of the village. “I do a lot of walking around town and I counted eleven empty storefronts. I would like to take an active part in cleaning up town” she said. She feels her professional and personal experience have given her much insight in positive collaboration and success, and that she could complement the talents and skills of the current village council.
Charlotte Powell was not able to be present. She was attending a mandatory job training in Columbus, and agreed to talk via speaker phone to the council. She was a teacher in the local school district for 22 years and recently took a position with Crime Victim Services in Lima, Ohio. She also talked of her desire to see the Downtown area redeveloped, as well as improvements to available technology choices and caring for the environment. “I am a good communicator and good at forming relationships,” she added.
The three newly elected council members who will take office in January were all present at the meeting. Matt Beegle, Tim Engard, and Aaron Patterson were told by Mr. VanMooy, “We invite the newly elected members to be a part of this conversation. Its great to see you all here.”
Both candidates were asked to be at the next council meeting on November 21st, at 7:00pm, when council will vote on their choice to fill the vacant seat.