LAKEMORE Mayor Rick Justice updated council members on several things that happened in 2017, including the decision to restart the village's Police Department, during the first meeting of 2018 on Jan. 2
"We had a lot of great things happen last year and probably at the top of the list is our police department coming back," he said.
He added that everyone worked very hard on that and while the village doesn't have a lot of numbers on the department yet, it is looking good financially.
"But that is not the most important part, the community wanted them back and we got them back and it is working very well."
Justice said that he does not like to look and see what the village has done, but would rather look forward and face the challenges for the new year. He spoke about the fact the village will be doing updates on water lines and the Edwin Shaw property would be transforming, and the hope is that buildings will be going up during the year. Justice said officials will be taking a look at the infrastructure, water system and sewer system during the year.
"We have a lot of good things to look forward to," he said.
Council members sworn in
Justice also swore in four members of council during the meting
Those sworn in included re-elected members Laura Cochran, Rich Cole and Josh Timko and newly elected member Tracy Douglas. Cole was elected as council president.
In other business, council:
- Approved legislation at the meeting was to amend Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) legislation due to changes in House Bill 5. The change is that RITA must be incorporated in the village income tax ordinances.
- Read two resolutions for second time including a request for property tax advances and a lease with Ellet Eliminators Association for the use of four baseball or softball fields at the Hinton-Humiston Memorial Waterworks Park for the purpose to host tournaments and other baseball related events.
- Read resolutions for the first time, including a 9 percent salary increase for Fiscal Officer Tracy Fast and Fire Chief Brett Reinbolt. The resolutions will be read again at the Jan. 16 and Feb. 5 meetings.
The next council meeting will be held Jan. 16.