Emerging from an Executive Session called to discuss personnel, Edon Village Council moved to accept the resignation of full-time Patrolman Kirk Stickney during its monthly regular session held Monday, April 20, 2015 in Council Chambers. Mayor Darlene Burkhardt called the meeting to order with Councilors Roxana Nester, Lee Lawrence, Duane Thiel, Dick Chapin, Chuck Bidwell, Gale Horn, Village Administrator Randy Mahlman, Fiscal Officer Heidi Bidwell, Solicitor Tom Thompson and Police Chief Tom Szymczak in attendance.
Patrolman Stickney, an eleven-year veteran of the Edon Police Department, resigned his responsibilities with the force to take a full-time position with Hicksville Police Department. Stickney will be kept on by the Village for part-time officer duties (with availability).
Subsequently, at the recommendation of Mayor Burkhardt, Council went on to hire current part-time officer Donald S. Wilson as Patrolman. Effective April 27, 2015, the full-time position includes a $35,082 annual salary with benefits. Wilson has been serving and protecting the Edon Community since January 2006.
In other business taken up that evening, Council:
•Announced Spring Trash Pick-up would take place Saturday, May 16.
•Heard Administrator Mahlman’s monthly report noting the Village’s Gator and mowers were serviced and “up and running”; he recently acquired his pesticide license (Dan Ankney will be testing for licensure as well); uneven sidewalk/curb abutment issues with the downtown’s northeast side requires attention (possibly painting, cutting or grinding down); EPA on-site findings, outlined in their follow-up letter, stated the WWTP operator needed to spend more time in the plant (additional recommendations have been – or are in the process of being – taken care of) and an influent pump relay replacement is needed at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Also shared were Walz Park updates including Toledo Edison’s repair of reported electrical issues and installation of a new 200-amp breaker, wire and conduit on one pole; water had been turned on; poles and fencing were removed from the tennis court (asphalt soon to follow); Summer Ball League organizers will take charge of lining and dragging fields with the 2016 season and Park Superintendent and maintenance employee summer duties were outlined.
•Heard Police Chief Szymczak’s detailed Service Log and Vehicle Report for March 2015. He also noted he had attended L.O.S.S. (Local Outreach to Survivors of Suicide) training at Northwest State Community College; had assisted Edon Northwest Local Schools in hosting BCI Crimes Against Children Department representatives for the upcoming series of internet safety and cyber-bulling presentations on May 11 and annual Golf Cart Inspections continue.
•Approved the purchase of a Kabota wood chipper attachment at an estimated cost of thirty-five hundred dollars. Village residents are reminded in the off-season, brush, clippings, leaves, etc. can be placed in clear or white bags for curbside pick-up on Mondays; larger sticks and limbs slated for disposal should not be bagged. (Regular fall leaf pick-up procedures remain unchanged.)
•Agreed to begin the process of modifying the Village’s Policies and Procedures Handbook; Solicitor Thompson will work with Administrator Mahlman to update codified ordinances/issues as well; all revisions will better reflect how the Village currently operates.
•Joined Mayor Burkhardt in thanking Don Walton, Dan Ankney and Randy Mahlman for removing and storing Walz Park Christmas displays and lights.
•Tabled further discussion regarding possible amendments to ORD 505: Animals and Fowl (grandfathering current poultry and eliminating all animals but cats and dogs within Village limits is under consideration) and ORD 951.04: Garbage Cans (a twelve-hour timeframe for placement will likely be put into effect.) Residents are reminded garbage cans are to be put away the day of pick-up.
•Was filled-in by Fiscal Officer Bidwell regarding Ohio Online Checkbook. Set up by the State Treasurer, this first-of-its-kind government transparency website will show taxpayers exactly how their tax money is being spent. Presently, a “wait-and-see approach” will be maintained.
•Learned the 2015 County Fire School, hosted by Florence Township Fire Department and Williams County Fireman’s Association, would be held April 25-26 at Edon Northwest Local Schools. Additionally, the Park Board will meet April 22 and records training will take place prior to the May meeting.
•Accepted Minutes, Financial Report and Bills as presented.
The next monthly regular meeting of Edon Village Council will be held Monday, May 18, 2015 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Village Chambers.
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