Cardington seeks village police chief
By Evelyn Long -
Cardington Village council agreed to advertise for a village police chief when they met in regular session on August 20. The advertisement will run two weeks.
Robert Huston is currently the Acting Police Chief for Cardington.
Officer James Wallace said the village has issued 350 warnings and 143 citations since January 1, 2012. The department has handled 1,747 calls for service as of August 20, 2012. This is 246 calls more than those handled for the entire year of 2011.
In other business, Mayor Susie Peyton said they had conducted three interviews for the position of village fiscal officer. Three more were scheduled to be interviewed on a date suitable for all with council interviewing the final two selected for the position before naming the applicant to fill the post.
Council accepted the updated all hazard mitigation plan. The plan involves the village contracting with the Morrow County Commissioners to obtain and receive the services of the Morrow County Emergency Management Agency.
Village Administrator Danny Wood reported pavement had been patched in the village and construction continues on County Road 168. The water department took samples for lead and copper, an EPA requirement every three years.
The outside lights of the street department building have been repaired and landscaping has been done around the same building. Catch basins have been cleaned.
Fiscal Officer John Gersper said there have been problems with the computer and server but it has all been updated and there should not be any more problems.
Mayor Peyton honored the four members of the Friends of Cardington for the “fantastic” job they did in organizing and producing the recent Heritage Day.
She awarded certificates to Jim Rowland, Dejah Rowland, Andrea Hazen and Jackie Ivers, each of whom thanked the mayor.
Addressing council was Debra Utt, manager of the Rosewood Apartments, who was present at the request of the manager, Mr. Worster. She said there are 24 units in the apartments with 20 of them having one bedroom. There are no washers and no dish– washers and over 80 percent are occupied by one person and they are each paying $100 per unit for the water bill. On behalf of the manager she was expressing concern about the high water bills. “We feel the water bills are unreasonably high and we think it is important to maintain some affordability for our residents. We feel afforda– ble housing in Cardington is important. Mayor Peyton assured her the problem is being worked on. She also noted she had talked to Mr. Worster and sent him papers related to the water situation. The mayor also said Councilman Richard Garner, the Fiscal Officer and the Village Manager are working on the problem by studying the finances.
Councilman Richard Caldwell’s absence was excused.
The 40 minute regular session adjourned and council entered executive session based on ORC 121.22 (G) (!) And ORC 121.22 (G) (3). There was no further action following the 40 minute executive session.
The next regular council meeting will be held Tuesday, September 4, at 7 pm.