NEW FRANKLIN A New Franklin Councilman has resigned due to health reasons.
During the Jan. 17 meeting, Mayor Paul Adamson read a resignation letter from Ward 4 Councilman Gust Kalapodis. The letter said that his health is failing and he can no longer represent the community. The letter went on to say serving on council was an enjoyable opportunity and that his position is being left in good hands.
Adamson said Kalapodis was a great gift to the community.
"We are all really sorry to lose Gust," Adamson said. "We are all praying with you for a full recovery."
Applications to fill the position are on the New Franklin website and can also be picked up at the administration offices, 5166 Manchester Road.
Those interested must be a Ward 4 resident.
Applications will be accepted through 4 p.m. Feb. 7. Council will then go through the applications and interview candidates before making a selection. The city charter states the position has to be filled within 45 days, which is March 3.
In other business Jan. 17, council:
- Approved on first reading to transfer $150,000 from the General Fund to the Police District Fund.
- Approved on first reading for New Franklin to obtain 422 paving chip and seal program services under the Summit County Engineer’s bid. Adamson said this is something New Franklin does every year and it helps the city get a better rate for chip and seal. He said by approving this the city isn’t committed to anything, but the city will do chip and seal this year. Councilman Jim Cotts said by partnering with the county the city has been able to do more roads than expected each year.
- Heard from Adamson about a police officer being present at council meetings. He said many other cities have an officer and this was something members of council had requested. The cost will be between $30 and $50 per meeting. He said it likely money well spent. He also said anyone who needs to renew a dog license has until Jan. 31. Applications can be found on the Summit County Fiscal Office website.
- Council entered executive session for personnel purposes with no action taken.
The next New Franklin Council meeting is set to begin immediately following the committee meetings, which are scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at New Franklin City Hall.