West Unity Council Approves Village Administrator Ric Beals As Regular Staff

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West Unity Village Council unanimously approved the movement of Village Administrator Ric Beals to regular staff during their March 28 meeting. Beals, who was nearing the end of his six month probationary period, will move to regular staff status at a pay rate of $38,000 per year.

Beals was absent for Thursdays meeting as he was attending Maundy Thursday church services. He did, however, submit his regular report for Council. The report detailed continuing village improvements. Included in these improvements is that the property on S. Defiance Street is currently being taken down and that the interview room at the police department is nearly finished. Beals’s report also noted that he has spoken with Robert Berry from Bryan regarding the revamping of the village’s website and that the work on the S. Liberty St. pumping station should be done sometime in mid-April. It was also noted that the village installed a new 30 gallon water heater at the old shelter house at Memorial Park last year and that the thermostat has been adjusted.

Several council members addressed concerned about pot holes in the village’s alley ways as well. It was noted by Street Supervisor Jim Eisel that the current patching system does not work well unless sealed. Council member Dave Chester also noted that the recommendation for doing any street work, including the filling of pot holes, is that the work be done when it is at least fifty degrees outside. While the current low temperatures have prevented the Street Department from addressing these issues, the filling of the holes should be able to take place soon. The safety pole at the corner of State Route 191 and Jackson Street is also scheduled to be repaired soon.

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Council member Dave Chester also commented that the Hilltop Baseball and Softball teams will be competing at the new fields at the school this year. This marks the first time that the teams will be competing on school grounds instead of at the Memorial Park fields. All residents are encouraged to come out and support the teams.

The second reading of Resolution 04-2013-02, A Resolution Strongly Opposing House Bill 5, was also held during the meeting Thursday night.

The Park Committee will be meeting soon to discuss any concerns or improvements needed at the park. Residents are urged to contact any council member with concerns, questions, or issues that they would like addressed in this regard so that matters can be addressed and taken care of as swiftly as possible.

The meeting was adjourned with no further actions or other legislative matters being addressed.

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