Cardington Council establishes village manager, administrator positions
By EVELYN LONG -
After three readings that resulted in tie votes among council members, the positions of village manager has been created and a village administrator appointed at council’s June 18 meeting.
Danny Wood was appointed as village administrator following Mayor Susie Peyton’s “yes” vote to break the tie vote. Voting “yes” on both resolutions were Tim Abraham, Richard Garner and Sherry Graham. Voting “no” on both measures were Randy Fox, Vickie Wise and Richard Caldwell. The mayor also had to break the tie vote on accepting the job description of that position, with the same council members voting for and against it.
A unanimous vote approved the reappointment of Deborah J. Dileo as the village Fiscal Officer, with the contract to begin in August. The mayor told council that Lindsay Kelly, who was employed as a temporary part time assistant to the fiscal officer, had taken a full time job elsewhere.
The third readings of two resolutions were also approved with the mayor breaking the tie vote. A resolution appointing Deborah DiLeo as village manager was approved following the tie vote that was broken with a “yes” vote by the mayor.
The mayor then asked council for their agreement to do as had been done earlier when an ad was run and 23 applicants had responded and four of them had been interviewed. She asked council once more to give her their approval to interview one of the other four. The vote was 3–3 with the mayor voting “yes” to break the tie. Voting “no,”were Wise, Fox and Caldwell.
The mayor commented, “It’s very disheartening to bring someone in and not have the support of council.”
Council approved the mayor’s recommendation of Patrick Sheehan to the position of auxiliary police officer and the mayor gave him the oath of office.
Following discussion on whether to send the HumVee back, council’s vote was a tie– with the mayor breaking the tie to send it back. Voting to keep it were council members Fox, Wise and Caldwell.
Acting Police Chief Robert Huston gave his report which indicated that since January 1, 2012, the department has issued 275 warnings with 105 citations.
He said the police department range has been mowed and is ready for this year’s operation. Several items and barricades were donated and built by Max Emans from Marion.
Officer Jason Kiefer has completed the radar/lidar instructor certification class at O. P.O. T. A. and the police department investigated another breaking and entering/theft/vandalism, this time at the Mathews Marathon Station. A suspect is in custody.
He said he had assisted the mayor when NBC4 news had visited the village on the 31st anniversary of the tornado.
Foot patrols have been implemented in the village during the summer months he said due to the rise in thefts, etc.
Danny Wood, acting village administrator, said streets are still being painted, cold patching was done for pot holes throughout the village; flow meters have been re-moved as part of the I & I study; mosquito spraying was done on June 15 for the third time. New spray has been acquired. The shooting range was mowed. He reported that on Trash Day, five 30 yard dumpsters were filled. “It went well,” he said. He also said five contractors have taken out bid packets for the repair of County Road 168.
Terry Angel, with the Boy Scouts, said the scouts were spiffing up the shelter house and the skate park for the Heritage Day Festival. He noted the lavatory in the ladies rest room needs repair. Wood said the village will take care of that.
Council approved an ordinance adopting a budget in tentative form for 2013.
A copy will be forwarded to the county auditor. Estimated Resources for budget year beginning January 1, 2013 total $4,355,206.70.
Fiscal officer DiLeo told council that an on-site partial audit had been completed with no major problems discovered.
Referring to the Heritage Day festival scheduled for Saturday, Mayor Peyton said,”I’m really impressed with work this group has done in organizing it.”
Council adjourned its 50 minute regular meeting and entered executive session based on ORC 121.22 (G) (1). No further action was taken by council.
Council will meet next on July 2 at 7 pm.
DiLeo resigns as Fiscal Officer, Village Manager
During a special meeting of the Cardington Village Council on Thursday, June 21, the letter of resignation of Cardington Village Fiscal Officer and Village Manager was read and accepted from Debbie DiLeo.
The resignation is effective July 18, 2012. In her letter of resignation, dated June 19, DiLeo, who has served in the position for two years, said “As you all know, when I first came to Cardington, this office was not in the best of order. I believe that during my time here I have helped to implement procedures and processes that will continue to be helpful to you in the future.”
“Working for the village of Cardington has been a wonderful experience. I could not ask for a better group of colleagues and friends. I have grown in many ways since I came here and will always treasure the opportunities and experiences that the village has provided to me during the last couple of years.”
DiLeo, who has accepted a position with the village of West Jefferson, said “Although I will miss everyone here at Cardington, I feel that I need to be closer to my family and friends at this time. If I can be of any assistance during this transition, please feel free to call me. I am more than happy to help in any way that I can.”
At the close of the nine minute regular session, council entered executive session based on ORC 121.22 (G) (1). At the close of executive session 60 minutes later, council reconvened in regular session and authorized the mayor and DiLeo to reach out for candidates who have the potential to assist with the position. These recommendations are to be brought then to council for their consideration. Council then adjourned.
A meeting of the village’s personnel committee will be held Wednesday, June 27, at 6:30 pm. In council chambers.