Village hires reserve police officer

ATTICA – Village Police Chief Keith Turner introduced Shane Cramer to village council members Thursday night and received their approval to add him to the force as a reserve officer. Cramer is from Bellevue, where he serves as an auxiliary officer, and received training at Terra Community College.

Turner has located a Crown Victoria in Bucyrus to possibly serve as an additional police cruiser. Inspection of the vehicle found it in need of repairs and tires, plus it would need to be retrofitted with a cage and lights.

Sharpnack Ford in Willard may have other vehicles for the village to examine before making a decision.

Councilman Jeff Painter reported he has been questioned by local vendors about setting up every Saturday in the downtown area for a farmers market. The village has determined to provide a farmers market on the second Saturday monthly starting July 13, but others may set up as often as they wish.

Village Administrator Greg Martin told council members mowing has begun and cold patching of pot holes is in progress.

Billing clerk Emily Bates reported a total of $797,619.02 in all funds in fiscal officer Pat Kreb’s absence. Results of the audit are to be announced during the next meeting.

Councilman George Yakoubian informed members the village website had been down for a couple weeks but is running again with updates for the farmers market added.

Councilman Nate Frisch stated the village had been turned down for a North Central Peoples Fund grant for the installation of a lift in the Myers Park swimming pool bringing it into ADA compliance. Funding still is being sought for the project.

A short executive session resulted in council members approving hiring Attorney Dean Henry to represent them in litigation for the Stanfield case.

Members tabled the passage of an ordinance, as only four members were present.

The council is to meet next at 7:30 p.m. May 9.