Gersper appointed interim fiscal officer for Village of Cardington
By Evelyn Long -
Acting on Mayor Susie Peyton’s submission, Cardington Village Council approved the appointment of John Paul Gersper as interim fiscal officer of the village, effective July 19, 2012.
The appointment follows the resignation of Deb DiLeo, effective July 18. Gersper was hired at an hourly rate of $30, not to exceed 40 hours per week.
In addition, council approved hiring Gersper July 9 — July 18, 2012 to assist the current Fiscal Officer and receive additional training from her while she is still employed by the village, to allow a seamless transition on July 19, 2012. He will be paid at the same rate.
The action was made during a special meeting of village council on Monday, July 9, 2012. The vote was unanimous. Councilman Richard Caldwell was absent.
Gersper is a graduate of the University of Akron where he earned a masters degree in Public Administration and his law degree. He earned his associate and bachelors degree from The Ohio State University in Sociology, graduating cum laude. He was on the Dean’s list at every level.
His wife, Beth, also earned her Masters and PhD in public administration from the University of Akron and her associate degree and two bachelors from OSU in linguistics and psychology. The couple has six children ranging in ages from three to 22.
At the July 2 regular meeting, council approved the recommendation and confirmation by Mayor Peyton of Jacob Mullett and Joshua Varble to the positions of auxiliary police officers.
Mayor Peyton gave each of them the oath of office.
Acting Police Chief Robert Huston gave his report in which he noted that since January 1, 2012 the department has issued 300 warnings and 114 citations.
He also said that Officer Jason Kiefer completed a class in investigative Resources at O. P.O. T. A.
He said the Explorer had assisted APC Huston and Lt. Wallace at the range on June 19, 2012 and the police department had assisted with the Heritage Day Parade.
He noted the Cardington Police Department/ Explorers Dunk Tank was once again a great success with the event generating a profit of $371.30 for the unit.
Several police department members had attended Greg Perry’s Patrol Rifle Class June 30-July 1.
Huston said he has applied for and received a grant from Acadisonline.com for Free online police training and explained that there are multiple classes in all areas of law enforcement and the certificates are O. P.O.T.A. Approved through L.E.T.N
And most classes are from Calibre Press, who is a reputable training company that sponsors many classes which have been attended by the local department officers in Columbus.
Giving his report was Acting Village Administrator Danny Wood who said the shooting range was mowed, an eight-inch water leak was fixed on Boundary Street and the dehumidifier was repaired at the water plant. The restrooms were cleaned and the leaking faucet was replaced in the ladies’ bathroom in the park. He also noted this was the first time the rest rooms had not been vandalized during a festival.
Brush has been chipped and Tim Edgell and Cheyenne Matheney had taken the weed spraying test. A water leak on a ten-inch water main had been repaired at Park and Second Streets and there was a boil alert.
Fiscal Officer DiLeo, who was absent from this meeting, had distributed a notice from RITA (Regional Income Tax Agency) showing the allocation of 2011 costs for income tax collections had been computed. The Cardington percentage of cost of collections in 2011 was 3.03% which means that for every $100 of taxes collected for Cardington, only 3.03 went to the administrative cost of collections, registration, auditing, compliance, record retention, etc., leaving the balance for the village’s fire, police, street repairs, recreational expenses and other community expenditures.
Total collections were $447,346; cost was $13,568 or 3.03 per cent.
Mayor Peyton complimented the festival committee for organizing and carrying out an “awesome festival” on June 23.
She also said she had been informed by Relay for Life organizers that the town would be decorated, Monday, July 9, with purple ribbons from corporation line to corpora– tion line in preparation for the Relay for Life event on July 27–28.
Council adjourned its 25 minute meeting to enter executive session based on ORC 121.22 (G)(1). AT the close of the session, council re convened with no further action taken.
Council will meet next on July 16 at 7 pm.