By Alberta Stojkovic
January 7, 2014
The Edison Village Council saw cuts in several areas as they reviewed and accepted appropriations for 2014 at their Dec. 23rd meeting. A big slice came out of the general fund from the police department while legal counsel and street maintenance also saw cutbacks in their areas.
Fiscal Officer Bruce Seaburn explained that the reductions in several areas in the budget appropriations were needed since revenues are down in property tax and other local taxes. Income is also down from state shared taxes and permits, fines, licenses and other revenue sources.
Council approved six ordinances. Monthly sewer rates were approved after a third and final reading of Ordinance 2013-09. Jerlon Reeder’s appointment as Street Commissioner was also approved as well as the appointment of Bruce Seaburn as Fiscal Officer. The Mayor was authorized to sign and execute an agreement for fire protection with the Village of Mount Gilead and a temporary appropriation ordinance was approved.
The number and wages of the village employees was approved for 2014 in Ordinance 2013-13. The ordinance states that the Village of Edison has no full time employees and offers no benefits to part-time employees such as sick leave, vacation time, over-time pay or health insurance. The ordinance also states that the state required contribution to Ohio Public Employees Retirement (OPERS) shall be deducted from wages.
Ordinance 2013-13 fixes employee wages for the Street Superintendent, Fiscal Officer, Mayor’s Court Clerk, Street workers, Zoning Inspector, Village Council Members and Mayor.
Board of Public Affairs Clerk and BPA board members (BPA Clerk and BPA board members are all paid from the Wastewater Fund).
The ordinances for the village are all available in the Village Municipal Building and are available for anyone who has questions.
Three letters were submitted to council for appointment on the two open council seats. Applicants include: Ruth Davis, Linda Hemenway and Mary Swartwood. The two new council members will be sworn in at the January 13th meeting.
Seaburn said that the copy machine is out of order and can’t be repaired without a major expense. He will bring in prices of copy machines to the next village council meeting.
After some discussion it was agreed that the village park should be a priority for 2014. The possibility of building a shelter in the park area was discussed. A Parks Committee will be announced at a future meeting.
The next meeting of the Edison Village Council will be Monday Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Village Municipal Building at 103 N. Boundary St. in Edison.