|Elida Village Council welcomes new members; taps Flick president|
|Tuesday, January 14, 2014 9:22 PM|
BY CYNTHIA YAHNA
ELIDA — Village Solicitor Austin Klaus officiated the swearing in of the new Elida Village Council members for their term beginning Jan. 1, through Dec. 31, 2017, at the first meeting of the year on Tuesday. Those taking the oath of office were: Claude Paxton, Chris McNamara and Rhonda McCoy.
Former Council President Kim Hardy, the new mayor of Elida as of Thursday, welcomed the council members to their new positions. Council also voted Larry Flick as its new president.
Hardy takes the place of long-time Mayor Ron Klopfenstein, who passed away in December.
Chris McNamara reported she received a complaint about snow plowing on the cul-de-sac at Morning Glory Drive.
“Apparently it has not been plowed properly,” McNamara said, “I personally have no real complaints. I believe the village does way better than any other parts of the city. You can tell we are the best one.”
Flick spoke on residents’ concerns about placing a stop sign at the intersection of Baxter and North streets.
“They are worried about the hazards of people crossing there,” he added.
According to Village Administrator Scott Fessler, the intersection does not meet the criteria set forth by ODOT for a four-way stop sign.
Fessler spoke about annexation of 2651 Baty Road and that American Township officials are looking over the possibilities with the owners Mr. and Mrs. Crites.
“The trustees want to make some changes to the annexation, so at this time we need to postpone voting until we get the changes in writing,” he said.
Council approved a resolution to amend the setting of salaries to be paid for elected officials on a monthly basis versus quarterly. They also approved the action to notify The Delphos Herald and The Lima News of the village meetings.
Hardy reported on the state of the village for 2013:
“The year 2013 benefited the residents of the village in many ways. New hires were Matt Dunahay, who is a part-time employee for mowing and different needs of the village. We also have a new police chief. Dale Metzger was chosen out of the numerous resumes the village received. Chief Metzger began his duties in December. Metzger has many years of experience and was chosen by being the best fit for the village needs. We look forward to his knowledge that will benefit the residents.
“I am so pleased to announce Wastewater Superintendent Nelson Bear is a completed License 2 holder as of December. This completes our requirements needed to run the wasterwater plant. We are very pleased to have him on board as wastewater superintendent. Two lift and recirculation pumps were also installed at the wastewater treatment plant in 2013.
“The village did purchase a 2013 Sierra 2500 HD pickup for the Streets Deptartment. All paving projects were completed in the streets department for 2013. The water department has, in-house, the third and final pump to be installed this year. The water meter project has approximately 50 meters left to install that are of the more difficult installation type. This means that 1,551 have been done.
“Jones and Henry engineers have entered into contract with the village for screen improvements at the wastewater plant. Jones and Henry will also be doing a 20-year facilities plan to coordinate the next 20 years at the wastewater plant.
“The fines and fees collected for the year 2013 was $190.
“The heart of the village is based on the dedication, skill and work that all the men and women do on a daily basis for the residents of the village of Elida. I thank them for all their efforts and hard work in 2013 and look forward to another good year in 2014.
“To close, I must acknowledge the passing of our mayor, friend and good man in Ron Klopfenstein. We thank him for his many years of faithful service and dedication to the residents of our village.”
The next village council meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28.