Rankin submitts resignation after decade of service

TILTONSVILLE – A local man who served as a village official for more than a decade submitted his resignation at the recent Village Council meeting.

Clerk-Treasurer Tim Rankin read his letter of resignation. After 13 years of service, his retirement will be effective upon the appointment of a new clerk-treasurer, but no later than Jan. 31.

Rankin thanked Tiltonsville residents for the opportunity to serve and wished them well.

Persons interested in filling the village post are asked to contact Mayor Kris Prati or any council member as soon as possible.

Also, letters of intent from persons interested in the clerk-treasurer’s post may be sent to city officials at P.O. Box 127, Tiltonsville, OH 43963.

In other matters, Tyrone Lollini was appointed to fill a council vacancy.

Councilman Jason Staskey was elected as council president pro-tem.

Named to committees by Prati were Kelly Klubert, Don Donahue and Staskey, finance; Donahue, Klubert and George Beard, water/sewer/sanitation; Staskey, Donahue and Ty Lollini, police; Klubert, Thompson and Lollini, streets/sidewalks/lights; Beard, Jane Thompson and Staskey, zoning; Thompson, Beard and Lollini, village buildings and grounds.

In other business:

Donahue reported the finance committee recently had discussed police wages. He presented council with a copy of the ordinance establishing a pay schedule for police raises based on the police chief’s wage and a cost analysis for proposed salary increases for the police department.

Donahue explained the committee was not prepared to make recommendations at this time since it needed to discuss pay raises for other employees as well.

Among the matters included in Village Administrator Carl Sgalla’s written reports of all departments was that work continues on renewal of the main sewer plant NPDES permit. The current permit will expire July 31. He also said dissolved oxygen has been well above permit levels enabling the shutdown of the No. 4 blower motor reducing the village’s cost of electricity at the main plant.

Sgalla reported on work regarding filters at the water plant, noting water quality will not be affected by this work.

Work continues on a grant to demolish a Walden Avenue structure, according to Sgalla.

The village administrator also told a representative of Horizon, which is installing a fiber optic line through the village, that the village has not yet received copies of insurance and workers’ compensation from all contractors and subcontractors as is required by the village. The village also requires advanced notification to have a village representative present before any boring takes place.

Sgalla told the representative the village opposes any new poles on the east side of Williams Street. The representative will contact the main office.

It was noted home repair applications for 2013 are available at the water office. The application deadline is March 22.

Police Chief Jerry Davis reported problems with the 2005 Crown Victoria’s cooling system, adding he was advised the vehicle would need a new engine costing approximately $2,000. He added the village already has spent thousands of dollars in repairs to the vehicle, which now has more than 150,000 miles on it.

The vehicle, according to Davis, has been virtually out of service since the summer, and this has put a burden on the newer cruiser. As requested by the police committee, Davis obtained quotations from dealerships about police cruisers, and financing options also were obtained.

Davis reported the Jefferson County 911 emergency system is in the process of upgrading communications radios, and this will be done throughout 2013. The cost of $600 per radio will be the village’s responsibility, and the department has three such radios.

Earlier in the meeting, council authorized the clerk-treasurer to pay Davis 40 hours of unused vacation time in December, contrary to an ordinance stating that unused vacation time is non-accumulative and shall be forfeited if not used by Dec. 31. Council granted the exception because of the extraordinary circumstances of recent weeks with Davis having worked during his vacation because of a limited number of officers available to fill shifts.

Council agreed to pay $125 in dues to the Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission for 2013.

Three resolutions were approved, one to allow the mayor to apply for any and all grants on behalf of the village; another to adopt the 2013 wage scale as presented; and the other to authorize the clerk-treasurer to make appropriation modifications as needed within funds, to create accounts to meet financial obligations and to pay bills within the limits of the adopted appropriations as they become due.

Also OK’d were ordinances to adopt the Ohio Basic Code and to designate Citizens Bank as the depository for the village.