REPUBLIC - Village residents Rhonda Wolpert and Deb Bogart attended the village council meeting Monday evening, throwing their hats in the ring for the two open council seats.
The four current members unanimously approved having them fill the empty spots and they are to be sworn into office during the next council meeting by Solicitor Rick Palau.
Village Administrator Darin Brown reported on the status of village maintenance workers being trained and qualified to use equipment since the Ohio Board of Workers' Compensation was notified by a former employee.
The present employee has received his training, meets all requirements and the documentation paperwork was submitted to the state. Since that time, he has learned the former employee has the right to appeal and he did so. Brown is awaiting a letter from the board expressing what steps need to be taken now. The employee has acquired leather chaps for protection when using a chain saw.
Brown also announced the village's consumer confidence report should arrive with the July utility billings.
Following a recent personnel committee meeting, Brown recommended the council hire Jim Aurand as a full-time maintenance employee. Council approved; his start date is to be June 11.
Brown noted pump repairs at the lift station and has ordered a valve for the water plant.
Several residents noted trees near power lines need to be trimmed.
Members discussed properties with tall grass and junk vehicles. Police Chief Don Holmer is to deliver notices to offenders.
Fiscal Officer Monique Delaney submitted the mayor's court report, and 7:30 p.m. June 21 was set for the audit exit interview.
In other business, the council:
Heard the second reading of an ordinance amending ordinance 2012-2 reflecting that the court clerk is to be paid for her travel time, back dated to her hire date.
Heard the first reading of an ordinance allowing the fiscal officer to live outside the village limits.
Agreed to extend Darin Brown's agreement to remain for an additional 60 days as village administrator until July 31.
Agreed to extend Stephanie Brown's agreement to remain an additional 60 days as utility clerk, until July 31.
Learned the village needs to renew a Federal Communication Commission license and questioned why the village has three licenses for different frequencies.
Determined to conduct a community trash pick-up day starting at 6 a.m. June 16. Residents should place items at curbside Friday evening. No construction material, concrete, tires or dirt is to be picked up.
Is encouraging community organizations to update their signs erected at the village limits.
Council is scheduled to meet next at 6:30 p.m. June 18.