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New Waterford councilwoman moving, resigns

September 12, 2012

NEW WATERFORD - Council accepted Councilwoman Chris Bodnar's resignation with "thanks" during Tuesday's meeting.

Her resignation is effective Oct. 1 and her unexpired four-year term concludes on Dec. 31, 2013.

Bodnar will have served on council for six years and nine months and council has 30 days to elect a replacement for her before the appointment falls to Mayor Shane Patrone, according to solicitor Tad Herold.

Her replacement will face election in the November 2013 general election.

Bodnar is moving outside the village and will no longer be eligible to serve on council.

"I enjoyed my time ... I did learn a lot," she said, adding she has worked with three different mayors.

Council members are paid $50 a month regardless of the number of meetings they attend, Patrone said, adding they can enroll in the state pension plan. There are no health benefits.

Anyone interested in filling the seat should contact the village or submit a letter of interest by Oct. 4 to the village at 3760 Village Park Drive, P.O. Box 287, New Waterford, Ohio, 44445.

Fiscal Officer Dave Slagle said applicants can drop off resumes or letters in the water and sewer drop-box in the front of the community building or bring it in during office hours.

In other business, council approved a measure authorizing Slagle to adjust the salary distribution for the service department employees to reflect the amount of time spent in each of the three services: water, sewer and streets.

Patrone said Slagle would adjust accordingly and the split works out to 50 percent of the time with the sewer department; 35 percent with the water department; and 15 percent with the street department.

Patrone said there were seasonal differences.

Council also authorized Slagle to place a request for sealed bids for the village's old service department pickup in the local newspapers. The deadline for submitting bids was set at Oct. 5.

The village just purchased a new truck that is now in service.

Council passed routine legislation to transfer money and accept the amounts and rates determined by the county budget commission authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor.

It also passed a resolution to reclassify and provide the salaries and/or hourly rates for all the village employees and repeal any ordinance that may be in conflict with it.

Patrone said it was an effort, for the first time, to keep the data up to date and expected the resolution to be passed on a yearly basis whether the amounts change or not.

Councilman Tom Cresanto, a member of the fire department, abstained from the vote.

In other business, Slagle said the village finances look much better in the general fund that "we did last year."

Cresanto asked how things were looking 90 days out and Slagle said, "Good, not real good ... everything's current, everything's paid up."

Councilwoman Doris Ogle asked if the nuisance letters had been sent out and was advised she had to wait for Village Administrator Fred Fink to returned from vacation.

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