By: Lucinda Held-Faulhaber
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
After much research and discussion, Edon Village Council agreed to move forward with hiring a village administrator during its regular session held Monday, November 17, 2014 in Village Chambers. Mayor Darlene Burkhardt called the evening meeting to order with Councilors Roxana Nester, Lee Lawrence, Duane Thiel, Richard Chapin, Chuck Bidwell, Gale Horn, Fiscal Officer Heidi Bidwell and Solicitor Tom Thompson in attendance; Board of Public Affairs members Andy Ledyard, Warren Henry and Chip Hulbert were present as well.
Joined by the Board of Public Affairs, Council entered into a lengthy Executive Session for the expressed purpose of discussing personnel. Upon reaching their decision, members returned to Open Session, voted to suspend the three-reading rule and soon after, passed Resolution 06-14 To Establish the Position of Village Administrator.
As outlined in the Ohio Revised Code, a village administrator reports to the mayor and legislative authority of the village (council), performs all duties and has all powers of the street commissioner and board of public affairs as prescribed by law. Consequently, upon establishment of an administrator, the village’s board of public affairs would be abolished and all members’ term of office would be terminated as well.
With both the Street Superintendent (set to retire in April 2015) and Water/Wastewater Superintendent (resignation effective November 2014) leaving employment, hiring a village administrator emerged as a great opportunity ~ and solution ~ for Council in addressing these personnel matters. While the positions will not be filled, current plans call for the new administrator to hire two public utility workers to help manage water and street duties.
Fiscal Officer Heidi Bidwell will begin preparing the Edon Village Administrator job description for Solicitor Thompson’s review; once approved, Council will begin the hiring process.
In other business brought forward, members:
•Rescheduled its Public Hearing regarding the proposed zoning amendment from November 17 to the onset of the December 15 regular session; the revised Planning and Zoning Ordinance (Part 11 – Chapter 1175) is slated to now include a twenty dollar fee for temporary accessory structures.
•Noted Village Offices would be closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
•Voted to suspend the three-reading rule and approve Resolution 04-14 Joint Solid Waste Management Plan.
•Approved a two-percent salary increase for 2015 and fifty-dollar Christmas gift for employees after convening in a brief Executive Session called to discuss personnel. Members also authorized Solicitor Thompson to prepare an ordinance addressing the minimum wage rate for part-time employees.
•Heard Police Chief Tom Szymczak’s detailed Service Log and Vehicle Report for October. In addition to the department patrolling and watching over traffic during last month’s Trick or Treat and Haunted Forest events, he also attended several informative classes, including “Operation Street-smart”, offered at the Ohio Attorney General’s 2014 Law Enforcement Conference; took additional training on heroin addiction and how administering the drug naloxone can help save the lives of overdose victims and had met with Edon High School students concerning the “5 Minutes for Life” initiative. For five minutes, law enforcement talk with student-athletes about responsible decision-making, leadership and how to encourage peers to live a drug-free lifestyle; two students have been selected as local ambassadors for the program.
•Learned the Landscaping Project at Edon Union Cemetery has been put off until spring.
•Scheduled a Records Commission meeting for Monday, December 15 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
•Accepted the Minutes, Financial Report and Bills as presented.
The next regular monthly meeting of the Edon Village Council will be held Monday, December 15, 2014 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Village Chambers.
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