The village has been seeking candidates since the Nov. 3 election. Billings, as mayor, was charged with making the appointment since council had not made a selection by Jan. 31.

Tuesday meeting

KEY ACTION Mayor Cindy Billings has appointed Sheila Stewart to the fill the vacant seat of former council member Robert Blythe.

DISCUSSION The village has been seeking candidates since the Nov. 3 election. Billings, as mayor, was charged with making the appointment since council had not made a selection by Jan. 31.

OTHER ACTION

• Council had its first reading of a resolution to contract with Nichols Landscaping to provide landscaping and mowing services at the village’s two cemeteries in 2016 for up to $2,600. Councilwoman Bev Green questioned the expenditure since council had recently approved the hiring of a part-time employee in the street department. She added that there should be more discussion since there are two new council members. Councilman Jon Caiazza said the expenditure was approved during budget discussions. Street Commissioner Nate Miller said the move is meant to offset overtime costs and equipment wear. He noted that the new employee was not hired for mowing duties and he added that the street department has been short staffed since it was reduced by one employee and a safety officer “when you were Mayor, Mrs. Green.”

• Village engineer Rob Graham updated council members on two projects expected to be completed in 2016, the first being repairs to the E. Maple Street railroad crossing.

“ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation) recognizes the severity of the need for those repairs,” Graham said, pointing specifically to compromised storm sewers under the crossing. Graham also announced that a preliminary street list and cost estimate for the village’s 2016 paving project has been compiled.

• In her mayor’s report, Billings said council members agreed to double the annual $100,000 paving expenditure in 2016, while foregoing any paving in 2017. Councilman Jim Sullivan said the village hopes to be able to take advantage of lower fuel costs, go to bid earlier, and complete more roads.

UP NEXT Meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at Village Hall, 202 W. Maple St.

Brian Lisik