Cardington village approves fiscal matters

By Evelyn Long - The Sentinel

CARDINGTON — Village Council authorized the transfer from Farmers Citizens Bank Public Savings Account to (5) Star Ohio Investment Accounts, a total of $2,500,000. Deb Fry, village fiscal officer, said the transfer will create additional interest resources.

She explained that a balance of $575,152.15 will remain in the Farmers Citizen avings account allowing an immediate access to funds if they are needed.

Following a lengthy discussion at the Sept. 5 meeting, council approved an amended ordinance amending and replacing an earlier ordinance establishing base compensation for certain village employees. The ordinance includes the combined position of mayor’s court clerk, assistant fiscal officer, zoning assistant and meter reader.

A two per cent-increase in compensation was approved for village employees part time and full time who have been employed by the village for one year or longer. The increase is effective Sept. 24 and will be reflected in paychecks the first of October.

Council also approved.

A resolution revising the job description and other assigned duties for the mayor’s court clerk position.

A resolution modifying the job description for the position of meter reader.

A resolution creating the job description and other assigned duties for the zoning inspector assistant.

A resolution creating the job description for the position of fiscal officer assistant.

Council approved the appointment of Lori A. Northington as mayor’s court clerk, meter reader, fiscal officer assistant and zoning inspector assistant for the village.

Scott Lester was reappointed to the Cardington Joint Recreation Board for a four-year term.

The village administrator and fiscal officer were authorized to enter into a contract with Ohio Fire Responder Grants to manage the fire department grant awarded earlier.

Police Chief James Wallace reported the department is providing officers to help with home football games. The department also assisted the Mount Gilead Police Department with coverage of the Morrow County Fair. The Kids in the Park Program is doing well with about 15 youngsters attending each week.

Gary Goodman, fire chief, said the department has made 151 runs this year. Members also worked at the Morrow County Fair.

Village Administrator Danny Wood told council the Ohio Department of Transportation had conducted core drilling of the pavement in the village to determine its type. This is in preparation for the re-paving of State Route 529 in the village at a later date.

He said the ODOT will repair the approaches to the bridge on North Marion Street this week.

Bills totaling $21,178 were approved. They included $5,295 paid to Clear Fork Valley Electric for the Gilead Street Lift Station upgrade.

Council will meet next on Sept. 18.

By Evelyn Long

The Sentinel