By Sue Miklovic
The Village Council met last Tuesday for the first of two regularly scheduled meetings for August. All members were present.
Among the topics discussed was the hiring of a replacement for Police Chief Allan Baer who is leaving the village after almost 11 years of service.
Village Administrator Allyson Murray asked for a motion to authorize her to advertise for the Police Chief position. Council was not in favor of doing that until they had the opportunity to see if anyone qualified already within that department was interested in the job.
“I think we need to look at an interim position” said Councilman Matt Beegle. Councilman Ty Carles suggested hiring from within with a probationary period, “Like we did for the Water Superintendent position.” Mayor Goldner added, “We have people who are qualified and interested inside the Village”
The mayor said, “Chief Baer has given exemplary service to the Village. He was truly an asset and will be sorely missed.”
Other conversations and topics of note:
%- Income tax receipts for July 2018 are up 15% compared to July 2017.
%- The returned check fee has been changed to $30.00
%-Allyson Murray is seeking bill payment options to accommodate those who would like to pay water bills online.
%-The Village will continue its agreement with the NB Local School District to provide a SRO( School Resource Officer)This is a win-win for the village and the school.
% The Village authorized the Administrator to advertise for an open position in the water/sewer department.
%- The village is recommending that customers do NOT place CASH in the night drop box.
%-The Council members voiced their disappointment with the lack of quality workmanship on the ADA upgrades to the concession stand in the park. Council paid $13,000—1/4th of the total cost for the Community Development Block Grant project. “We were scammed” said Councilman Aaron Patterson.
%- V.A. Murray and Public Works Superintendent Doug Wickard have compiled a street inventory for the purpose of developing a plan to pay for much need improvements.
%- Councilman Matt Beegle suggested the village declare the Saturday in June before Village-Wide trash Pick be named “Garage Sale Day”
%-Councilman Aaron Patterson announced that he had received a copy of the contract from Skip Baltz, representing the NB Masonic Lodge, in regards to the long standing Recycling Program in NB.
%- A special meeting was scheduled to immediately follow the Council of the Whole meeting on August 14th.
%-Dalton Teaford, NBHS Student Representative on the Village Council was thanked for his service. His term is now complete, since he is a Senior, and the position is to be held by a Junior. (Editor’s note: He did an outstanding job! Typically when the school year ends in the Spring, the student is finished. Dalton had the desire to continue throughout the Summer months as well. Well Done, Dalton!)
The regular meeting was adjourned and followed by an executive session for the purpose of discussing Employee Compensation.