by Sue Miklovic
There was little on the agenda at Tuesday night’s council meeting that was as anticipated as the naming of a person to fill the vacant council seat.
Council was tasked with filling the empty seat after Council member Holly Emahiser Ryder had to resign when she moved outside the village limits and was no longer considered a resident. At the last meeting, Ryder’s final one—two potential candidates were interviewed by Council. Those two were Leisa Zeigler and Charlotte Powell. Both were present Tuesday evening.
After Council went into an Executive session for the purpose of considering an appointment….of a public employee, they voted to have Leisa Zeigler fill the vacant seat. Immediately Ms. Zeigler was sworn in by Mayor Janet Goldner and assumed her seat at the table for the remainder of the meeting.
Since there were no reports due by the fire, police, EMS, utility, or DPW department heads, the meeting moved forward to taking care of business.
Here are a few highlights from the Finance Officer, Village Administrator, and the Mayor:
*Presented a few appropriations and ordinances related to “housecleaning” the budget of 2017-simply moving dollars from one account to another to reflect “estimated revenue” at the beginning of 2017, with “actual expenses” incurred/revenues received in 2017.
*Presented EMS Rate ordinance that would help align EMS rate structures more accurately with other service providers in our area.
*Set 2018 budget-puts limits in place for 2018 expenses
*Set 2018 wages for all village employees, including an increase for the finance officer and Utility workers with additional licensing
*Various upcoming meetings were mentioned
*Village offices will be closed Thursday and Friday this week for the Thanksgiving holiday
*The Village recently received 2 grants from the Wood County Park District. The roofing will be replaced on Open-Air shelter houses and Safety Mulch will be provided in the playground area in Spring 2018.
*ADA upgrades to the Little League Field Concession stand will also be completed, t hanks to another generous source of grant funding.
* The Main Street Corrider project –Phase 2 is now completed
“I want to take a minute to thank our citizens and businesses for their cooperation while we completed this important project. We must replace our waterlines from the 1890’s prior to reconstructing the roadway. Also, we apologize for the inconvenience with the construction on Election Day. Because this project is being funded by a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission I have little control over the scheduling of the project,” said Ms. Murray.
Mayor Janet Goldner:
*Toys for Tots will be December 9 from 8:00am until 12 noon in front of the Fire Station
*Santa is coming to town December 6th at the Kelley Car Dealership (Doors open at 6:00. Santa arrives at 6:30pm)
*Tree Lighting at 6:00pm on December 3, at the Bridge Church-corner of East Broadway and N. Tarr St.
*Trick or Treat for 2018 will be Wednesday, October 31st from 6:00pm until 7:30pm
*Mayor Goldner congratulated Dalton Teaford, the NBHS Student Representative to Village Council on a great performance last weekend in the NBHS Drama Club production of “Little Shop of Horrors”