Bolivar to hire village administrator

Bolivar to hire village administrator

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Bolivar is seeking a new village administrator to replace Rebecca Hubble following her resignation. Resumes will be accepted until the close of business on Nov. 24 at Bolivar Village Hall, 109 Canal St. NE, Bolivar.

Starting pay is $16-$18 per hour for approximately 24 hours per week. The pay is negotiable if the candidate holds a valid water license. A job description is available on the website at www.villageofbolivar.com.

Mayor’s report

Mayor Tim Lang read a proclamation from Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose confirming the village status and reporting a population increase to 1,000, according to the 2020 census.

Public comments

A resident voiced concern about a person storing a sailboat on a section of Sassafras Alley. Lang will check into the matter.

Toni Hafer from the Bolivar American Legion Auxiliary asked for council’s financial assistance to send Tusky Valley students to Buckeye Girls State. Lang said council was unable to do so but asked council members to refer Hafer to other possible funding sources.

Committee reports

Finance chair Mary Vincent asked to vote on several measures, and council approved the following:

—A resolution to approve amounts and rates as set forth by the county budgetary committee.

—A change of signature authority on the village bank account effective Nov. 9 by removing App and Hubble and adding Patti Smith, incoming fiscal officer.

—Amending App’s resignation date from Nov. 8 to Nov. 12.

—Award Hubble a 50-cent per hour raise due prior to her resignation.

—Moving the December council meeting to Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Lawrence Township Hall to accommodate a consultant presentation on new recommended water rates based on data generated by meter usage to date and allowing the village to recover project costs.

—Moving App’s resignation date from Nov. 8 to Nov. 12 and to contract with her for five hours per week at $30 per hour through the year-end fiscal closing in January or February to help train the new fiscal officer.

Safety chair Will Bellinger said the AR15 rifle ordered by the police department is available. App said purchase orders must be submitted for both the rifle and the scope.

Street and alley chair Robert Lloyd said the committee is considering repairing or replacing lights in the Cherry Street lot and potentially purchasing a heater for the village garage and a brush hog attachment.

Street superintendent Kyle Porter asked residents to rake leaves to the curb for village pickup and not to leave them behind fences or near obstacles like cars or mailboxes where the vacuum hose cannot reach them.

Village administrator

App read a report by Hubble that included the following:

—Residents can now utilize SeeClickFix online at www.seeclickfix.com or download the free app from Google Play or the Apple app store. It is an easy way to submit nonemergency requests to the village and stay updated.

—All water meters have been installed, but about 12 need to be programmed by county. The project came in below estimate and will result in better tracking of actual water usage and loss.

—A notification that council should expect an email this week, a copy of which she is placing in her permanent record, referencing the special meeting held Oct. 25 when she was asked to leave before the executive session was held.

Law director’s report

Among the several legislative matters brought to the floor, council voted to do the following:

—Increase employee reimbursement from 80% to 100% for insurance purchased other than that offered by the village, provided the rate is equal to or less than that offered by the village policy.

—Amend a previously passed ordinance that added new holiday dates to allow employees to take those days off or use them as paid time off on days of their choosing.

Third readings of measures that would have rescinded an employee time clock requirement and increased the street superintendent’s pay received no motions and are thereby off the floor.

Other business

Council voted to do the following:

—Close the Cherry Street parking lot the night before Christmas on the Canal, reopening immediately following the event, and close Canal Street from 3 p.m. until the parade is over.

Copies of all legislation are available at village hall.