REPUBLIC - Rhonda Wolpert and Deb Bogart, two new Republic councilwomen, took oaths of office Monday evening and were sworn into duty by Solicitor Rick Palau. They are finishing the terms of former members.
Members heard the first reading of an ordinance abolishing mayor's court in the village. Discussion followed that determined Palau would write a letter declaring a termination in 60 days for the magistrate. As for clerk of courts, Linda Davis must remain and complete all paperwork for the Ohio Supreme Court.
Palau assured council that municipal court in Seneca County is not moving to Fostoria.
Councilman Jeff Larrick reported 110 cubic yards, or 8.5 tons, of trash was collected on pick-up day. It was quoted that FSI would have charged the village $35 per yard for the job but the final cost to the village for residents doing the work themselves was $428.
Mayor Bruce Lambert announced hydrant flushing begins at 8 a.m. June 27.
Fiscal Officer Monique Delaney submitted the cash summary by fund report and noted no action for mayor's court. She said the state cancelled an audit exit meeting Thursday. A resolution for passage of the 2013 budget will need to be drafted and be acted on at the July 2 meeting for submission by July 15, Delaney said.
Police Chief Don Holmer said FCC licensing has been completed.
Councilman Mike Oberlander once again suggested council members be paid monthly instead of quarterly. Palau is to check the Ohio Revised Code for direction.
The meeting moved into executive session for discussion of personnel and litigation.
In other news, council:
Adopted 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. Oberlander questioned possible exposure to worker's compensation claims if the employee is injured during drive to or from work but not actually at place of employment.
Heard the second reading of the ordinance allowing the fiscal officer to live outside the village limits.
Approved by emergency vote an ordinance appointing Jim Aurand as maintenance one worker at a rate of $11 per hour with a trial period of 90 days beginning June 11.
Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. July 2.