Cardington Council organizes for new year, appoints committees
By Evelyn Long -
Cardington Village council combined its annual reorganization meeting and regular meeting when members met for the first time this year on January 7. Named president was Randy Fox.
The following committees were appointed by Cardington Mayor Susie Peyton. They will serve during 2013 (the first named is the chairman):
FINANCE: Vicki Wise, Randy Fox and Sherry Graham
PERSONNEL AND INSURANCE: Graham, Richard Caldwell and Tim Abraham
POLICE AND FIRE: Abraham, Fox and Wise
UTILITIES: Richard Garner, Wise and Caldwell
BUILDINGS, EQUIPMENT AND STREET: Fox, Garner and Abraham
COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT. ZONING AND PARKS: Caldwell, Garner and Graham
Council also approved the appointment by Mayor Susie Peyton of Richard Garner to Glendale-Union Cemetery Board for 2013 and the appointment of Richard Caldwell to the Cardington Planning and Zoning Commission.
The annual joint meeting with the Cardington Township Trustees and Glendale-Union Cemetery Board was held. Members approved the 2013 Cemetery General Fund appropriations of $183,513 and $4,172.13 in Trust Funds for 2013.
Trustees with the Cardington Township are Doug Heacock, Don Lee and Loren Radel. Darla Hardwick is the clerk. Cemetery trustees are Scott Carsner, Richard Garner (village representative) and Heacock (township representative). Darlene Wallace is clerk.
Absent were council members Sherry Graham, who was ill, and Vickie Wise.
At the close of the joint meeting, Village council resumed its meeting. During Community Participation, Heather Deskins, of South Marion Street, inquired about the fine that was paid by Cardington Yutaka in its settlement with the village over the sludge in the waste water treatment plant. She was told by Village Administrator Danny Wood that the $115,000 reimbursed the village for the expenses incurred in the removing and hauling of the sludge from the system. The $400,000 fine will be spent on the debt incurred in the waste water treatment plant upgrading, a $3 million project that is to begin this year. Both of these payments were made on judge’s orders, said Wood, noting that the money was deposited in the village sewer fund and would have no effect on the village sewer rates. He said that the village was required to report to the court when the money was spent as ordered.
Mayor Peyton told Deskins that council planned to enter work session following this evening’s council meeting and the topic was to be the water and sewer rates, which are scheduled to rise by three per cent on February 1. A decision will be announced at the next council meeting, she said.
Also addressing council was Don DeVille from First Energy, who urged council and the community to report to him any street light that was not burning and noted that is his highest priority. He also explained the government aggregate program.
“Please do your homework when selecting an electric supply program– they should be an approved vendor with the PUCO,” he said. “Make sure you are selecting a company to do business with that is reputable.”
Thirty five minutes into the regular meeting, council entered a 15 minute executive session based on ORC121.22(G)(1) and ORC 121.22 (G) (3).
When council reconvened in regular session, Village Solicitor Jim Dietz explained that Council member Vickie Wise had submitted her retirement papers to the OPERS effective December 31, 2012 which also required her to resign her council seat. Therefore, that seat is vacant. Council then appointed Wise to the vacant position.
Mayor Peyton gave the oath of office to Rosie Denty as the mayor’s court clerk.
Approved was an ordinance providing notice of meetings of the council throughout the year and naming the committees. Council will meet on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7 pm throughout the year with the exception of Tuesday, January 22 and Tuesday, September 3.
Also approved was an ordinance establishing the rules for providing notice of meetings of the village council and its committees.
A resolution setting forth procedures with respect to the conduct of council was also approved.
A resolution establishing the number of deputy marshals to be authorized with the Cardington Police Department for the calendar year was approved. The resolution states that the village shall employ one full time officer to serve as village marshal/police chief and four (2) additional full time Deputy Marshals/patrolmen. It also provides for four additional part time positions for help within the department.
Also approved was a resolution establishing the number of firefighters to be employed and/or authorized to serve as members of the Cardington fire department for the calendar year. The village shall employ a fire chief and an assistant fire chief on a part time basis and shall authorize not more than 35 volunteer fire fighting personnel to be paid for fire fighting duties as authorized by the annual village salary ordinance and the Cardington Volunteer Fire Department regulations.
Police Officer Jason Kiefer reported the police department had taken 1,161 calls for service in 2012. That is down by 340 calls of service from 2011 when the department took 1501 calls. Kiefer said this was probably due to the fact that the department did not provide cover for the village 24/7.
He noted that on January 4 Bender Communications repaired the portable radios which were narrow banded and all but one did not work properly.
He concluded his reported by thanking Officers Callicoat, Stoica, and Norris for stepping up the past week and helping with the coverage of the village, which is now covered 24/7 due to these officers. Keifer is the fourth officer to cover the village 24/7.
Village Administrator Danny Wood reported that six trees with “bad” spots on them had been removed. Snow and ice removal was done for several days.
Following the third reading an ordinance approving the edition and inclusion of certain ordinances as parts of the various component codes of the codified ordinances of the village was approved.
Council approved the payment of bills totaling $76,825.98.
Mayor Peyton told council that the village engineer, Scott Hines, would be making a monthly report to council.
The mayor gave her state of the village report. Council adjourned at 8:35 pm and entered into a public work session. She noted the public is invited to sit in on these sessions.
The next council meeting will be held Tuesday, January 22, at 7 pm.