Cardington Village council accepted the resignation of one part-time police officer and ratified the dismissal of another during the regular meeting held July 18.
Accepted was the resignation of Joshua Rivers, effective July 27 and Ronald Goltry, was dismissed as a part-time officer effective July 8.
Prior to this vote, council adjourned from the regular meeting for a 20 minute executive session based on ORC 121.22 (G) (!) and (6).
During the regular session, Fiscal Officer Deb Fry, explained several of the larger unpaid accounts payable. She said $92,000 was for the water tower painting project by Central Painting and Sand Blasting and $72,483.86 to R.A.Bores for the fourth Street Emergency Waterline repairs.
Council approved payment of these and other bills totaling $201,801.38 .
Fry said second half real estate tax disbursement will be coming in August but with the general fund ending balance slightly reduced and payroll to be paid, she asked for council’s approval of $100,000 transferred from the income tax to the general fund as budgeted. This was done with council’s approval of ordinance 2016-21.
Reporting on the recreation board, she said the swimming pool has had record attendance and the best year since 2012.
She credited pool manager, Lori Vance for doing “a great job.”
On a lighter note, Police Chief James Wallace said the department had received a thank you note from the Swint-Blackwell family thanking the department for the return of their parrot that had become lost during the annual street fair.
The parrot was found at the street fair and turned into the police department who returned it to its owners.
Village Administrator Danny Wood said the painting of one of the two detention tanks has been completed and work on the second one is ongoing.
He also noted the opening of bids on the Gilead Street sidewalk project was to take place in the office of the Morrow County Commissioners.
Because of the need for new turnout gear for the fire department, council authorized Fire Chief Gary Goodman to enter into an agreement with Ohio First Responders for the writing of a grant that will fund the purchase of that gear. It was explained each of the gear outfits has an expiration date and cannot be used past that date.
Cost of just one turnout gear is $6,000, it was noted. Several of the pieces of turnout gear have expiration dates that will be effective soon Mayor Susie Peyton said 18 employees of Lowe’s, Marion, will be in the Cardington Community Park Thursday, July 27, to complete their voluntary community project.