Blakeslee Village Council Hires New Fiscal Officer

Beth Rediger was hired on a part-time basis to serve as the fiscal officer for the village of Blakeslee. Rediger currently serves as the fiscal officer for the village of West Unity and was contacted by Blakeslee Mayor Linda Muehlfeld to see if she would consider taking the Blakeslee job as well. This action took place at the November 11, 2012 meeting of Blakeslee Village Council.

Rediger has 12 years experience as a village fiscal officer and recently attained her Master Municipal Clerk designation through Kent State University. She starts the position immediately and will receive $250 per month as her salary.

According to Rediger, this amount gives her a full year service credit in the Ohio Public Employment Retirement System.
Village Clerk Bruce O’Donnell noted that the UAN bank reconciliations have not balanced this year due to a manual input error which he has been unable to correct. He then read some sections of Ohio Revised Code pertaining to being exempt from Ohio Public Employment Retirement. He questioned whether Police officer Gary Mohre had to pay into OPERS since he is a part-time officer. He recommended that Council discuss the matter with the village solicitor. He then turned over the office keys and monthly bills to Rediger.

Council approved getting quotes for installation of a phone line and internet service at the village office per Rediger’s request.

Village resident Moses Mohre addressed Council concerning tile work that had been completed on his property by Bob Thiel. He questioned whether he is responsible for the entire tile on his property, even though no one seems to know where the tile goes. He explained that although the repair originated as a backup in his basement, several tiles were found and fixed that ran across other properties. Last meeting, Thiel had proposed that the $3,000 bill be split in thirds between the village, Moses Mohre and Trish Thiel as property owners. Following discussion, Richard Siebenaler and Dorothy Mohre both pointed out that in the past tile repairs have always been the property owner’s responsibility where the problem originated. Mayor Muehlfeld stated that a Council vote had already been taken on the matter and that decision stands.
Council President Cody Chrisman requested that Council begin getting quotes or bids for all village work to be completed.

Councilor Mark Muehlfeld will get three written quotes for hourly village snow removal.


With no further business the meeting was adjourned.

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