Village of West Liberty


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The village of West Liberty Council convened in regular session Jan. 25, 2016.

Present for this meeting of the was: Mayor G. Hostetler, Mr. Lance, Mrs. Coy, Mrs. Hamilton, Mrs. McKelvey, Solicitor Moell, Police Chief Oelker, and Clerk Boyd. Absent: Mr. King. Guest: Nate Smith, Bellefontaine Examiner. Also present Andrew Coutts and Frank Kohstall of State Treasurers Office for Ohio Checkbook. Stan Evans, Attorney was in attendance.

Meeting was opened with Pledge of Allegiance and Lord’s Prayer.

A MOTION was made by Mrs. Hamilton seconded by Mrs. Coy wo approve the minutes of Jan. 11,2016 as written/read. Motion Carried.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Lance seconded by Mrs. Hamilton to approve the following bills in the amount of $24,328.49, Motion Carried.

Ordinance 2015-18 titled “An Ordinance Accepting the Annexation of 1.6414 Acres, More or Less, to the Village of West Liberty, Ohio” was read. A MOTION was made by Mr. Lance seconded by Mrs. Coy to adopt Ordinance 2015-18 on third and final reading. Motion Carried.

Andrew Coutts and Frank Kahstall was here to present the Ohio Checkbook from the State Treasurers Office. It was started December 2014 and introduced it to Villages, schools, cities, etc. There are 200 live sites and many more to come. Since the Village is on UAN system it is very simple to update. Clerk can choose how often this is updated monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or yearly. It can be up live in a couple weeks. Revenue is not shown in this program. Council and Clerk will think about this and talk about it next few months.

Ordinance 2015-21 titled “An ordinance establishing the salaries and wages for the fire chief in the village of West Liberty, Ohio and providing for the payment thereof” was read. A MOTION was made by Mr. Lance seconded by Mrs. Coy to pass Ordinance 2015-21 on third and final reading. Motion Carried.

Ordinance 2016-02 titled “An ordinance to regulate the rates for garbage/rubbish dumpster pick up service within the village of West Liberty, Logan County, Ohio and provide for the collection thereof, billing monthly” was read. A MOTION was made by Mrs. Hamilton seconded by Mrs. Hamilton to suspend the rule requiring three separate readings. Motion Carried. A MOTION was made by Mr. Larry seconded by Mrs. McKelvey to pass Ordinance 2016-02 on 3rd and final reading. Motion Carried.

Ordinance 2016-03 titled “An ordinance establishing the salaries and wages for the employees in the village of West Liberty, Ohio and providing for the payment thereof” was read. A MOTION was made by Mrs. Coy seconded by Mrs. Hamilton to pass Ordinance 2016-03 on second reading only. Motion Carried. The police street and zoning officer will receive an increase for salaries starting March 4, 2016.

Ordinance 2016-04 titled “An ordinance to regulate the rates for garbage/rubbish pick up service and curbside recycling service within the village of West Liberty, Logan County, Ohio and provide for the collection thereof, billing monthly” was read. A MOTION was made Mr. Lance seconded by Mrs. McKelvey to pass Ordinance 2016-04 on second reading. Motion Carried. These increased garbage rates will not be in effect until March 1, 2016.

Ordinance 2016-05 titled “Annual Appropriation Ordinance” was read. A MOTION was made by Mr. Lance seconded by Mrs. McKelvey to pass Ordinance 2016-05 on second reading only. Motion Carried. Appropriations are at $2,577,100.

Ordinance 2016-06 titled “An ordinance establishing the compensation of holiday hours worked for full time hourly employees as they pertain to the West Liberty Police Department in West Liberty, Ohio and providing payment thereof” was read. A MOTION was made by Mrs. Coy seconded by Mrs. Hamilton to pass Ordinance 2016-06 on first reading. Motion Carried.

Ordinance 2016-07 titled “An ordinance for authorization to borrow funds to purchase one (1) 2016 Ford Explorer SUV and declaring an emergency in the village of West Liberty, Ohio” was read. A MOTION was made by Mr. Lance seconded by Mrs. McKelvey to pass Ordinance 2016-07 on first reading. Motion Carried.

Bids for sidewalk and curb and gutters will be opened Feb. 3, 2016 at 10 a.m. This sidewalk and curb/gutter will be located from Linden Street to Leonard Street on state Route 68.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Lance seconded by Mrs. Hamilton to appoint Mike Hostetler to fill the vacant Council seat for the next four years. Motion Carried. Mr. Hostetler will accept without pay for now.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Lance seconded by Mrs. McKelvey to appoint Mike Hostetler to represent the West Liberty on Macochee Joint Ambulance District Board with no pay for now. Motion Carried.

Mr. Lance said the new/used garbage truck was used to pick up trash last Friday and although it was only a 20 yard packer it worked.

Mrs. McKelvey, Mrs. Hamilton and Mayor Hostetler interviewed three applicants Saturday. A MOTION was made by Mrs. McKelvey seconded by Mr. Lance to recommend Kathy Hyland for the part time secretary. Motion Carried. A MOTION was made by Mrs. McKelvey seconded by Mrs. Hamilton to hire Kathy Hyland starting pay is $11 per hour with six month probationary period. Motion Carried. Yeas: 4 Nays: 0.

A MOTION was made by Mr. Lance to go into executive session to discuss real estate purchase at 8:36 p.m. Yeas: 4 Nays: 0.

Out of executive session at 8:58 p.m.

Chief Oelker will be contacting the moving company to move all his office stuff to the community room his temporary location. He will be doing this after the radio switch next week.

A MOTION was made by Mrs. McKelvey seconded by Mrs. Coy to adjourn at 9:10 p.m. Motion Carried.

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Submitted by the village of West Liberty.

Submitted by the village of West Liberty.