Cardington Council to start police chief interviews
By Evelyn Long –
Cardington Village council members discussed several topics when they met in regular session on November 19.
Terry Angel, former Scoutmaster with BSA Troop 30, spoke under Community Participation, and told council that as of December 31, 2012, there would no longer be a Troop 30 in Cardington. The troop, chartered through the Cardington Rotary Club, is losing its charter, Angel said, because of an order handed down by the “council” that because the troop and its leaders had conducted a Merit Badge Day when they were told not to, they are therefore losing their charter. Council expressed concern and wants to inquire further into the matter. Solicitor Jim Dietz also said he would look into it.
(Editor’s note: Also see the Letter to the Editor concerning this topic.)
Mayor Susie Peyton said interviews for police chief will be held November 28, 29 and December 5. Council had selected six persons for interviews but one has since withdrawn.
Meeting on November 28 following the interviews will be the fire and police committee members with Fire Chief Jim Ullom and Gary Goodman who will explain the department’s billing process to the committee.
The contract with the Fort Morrow Fire District still remains unsettled. Mayor Peyton would like to get this resolved before the first of the year. There has not been a contract with the district for five years, so the concern is about the amount of money due Cardington from the District. It is hoped a sum can be agreed to and a new contract written effective January 1, 2013.
Village Solicitor Dietz has written two ordinances related to a review of the water and sewer rates before the automatic raise takes effect March 1. He said the ordinance will consider several scenarios that may include modifying the rates. He will present these ordinances at the Dec. 3 meeting.
In other matters council designated and authorized the village manager, John Gersper to accept the appointment as the village’s representative to the Morrow County Regional Planning Commission.
A second reading was given a resolution of support for the Whetstone Creek Watershed Balance Growth Plan.
Giving his report was acting police chief Robert Huston, who said that 457 warnings have been issued since January 1, 2012 and 306 citations have been issued.
The department continues to do special duty at the Cardington Yutaka plant during the month of November but hours have been reduced to one 12-hour shift per day.
On November 7, 2012, the department assisted Cardington-Lincoln High School with a lockdown drill at the request of the principal, Joe Mills.
The 2010 cruiser has been repaired. It was damaged in a crash at the Duke Station.
The department investigated an aggravated robbery (home invasion) and theft of a motor vehicle on November 16. Chief Huston and Officer Stoica solved the case with a full written confession from the suspect who was arrested and is now being formerly charged in the incident.
On November 17, 2012, the department completed their firearms requalifications for the year.
Village Administrator Danny Wood said the street department had removed leaves, completed crack sealing and repaired a broken culvert on Chesterville Avenue.
A shorted wire had also been repaired on the west clarifier at the wastewater treatment plant.
Council approved payment of bills totaling $55,857.67.
Council adjourned its regular session at 7:45 pm to enter executive session based on ORC 121.22 (G) (1) and ORC 121.22 (G) (3). The purpose was to evaluate the village officer/fiscal officer and the village administrator.
Executive session adjourned at 9 pm and there was no further action taken during the reconvening of council before its adjournment. Council will meet next on December 3 at 7 pm.