THORNVILLE – Until Thornville Village hires a permanent clerk of council, council members Dale Brussee and Debbie Moyer will divide the position’s responsibilities.
The two volunteered during a special Thornville Village Council meeting Monday night. Moyer will take minutes during meetings and Brussee will handle public records requests.
“No one would volunteer for the position of interim clerk of council as a whole position but Dale and Debbie stepped up for parts of the job,” said council President Heidi Robinson. “This appointment will only be in effect until someone is hired for the position permanently.”
“Having had to do the job before myself, I appreciate their efforts,” said Thornville Mayor Gavin Renner.
The Village of Thornville’s clerk of council position remains officially empty following former clerk Danielle Lovett’s resignation Oct. 24. Lovett tendered her resignation effective immediately, citing a letter to the editor council member Olivia Newbold submitted to The Beacon’s Oct. 22 edition as the reason for her resignation. The village is once again able to fulfill public records requests now that Moyer and Brussee are interim clerks.
“The village is currently seeking a qualified individual to serve as (permanent) clerk of council,” said Renner. He said candidates should have excellent written and communications skills as well as computer experience. Duties would include attending two regular meetings per month, posting meeting notices, keeping minutes of council, reviewing and fulfilling records requests. Pay is currently roughly $10 per hour. Interested applicants may apply at the Village Office at 3 S. Main St., Thornville, OH 43076.
Renner said during the special meeting Nov. 21, council began the process of approving the appropriations for 2017 as well as renewing an agreement with PNC bank.
Renner said the regular council meeting would be Nov. 28. Topics under consideration for that meeting include renewal of the village solicitor and village administrator contracts, second readings and public hearings of appropriations and other village-related matters. “The livestock ordinance is currently in draft in zoning,” Renner said. “That will be discussed on December 5. Weeds and grass will likely be before council soon.”
In other village news:
• Renner expects to continue talks with the Perry County Commissioners about the village’s sewer contract with the county following the Nov. 8 election, where commissioner-elect Ben Carpenter defeated two-term incumbent Commissioner Ed Keister 8,566 votes to 5,799.
“It’s our understanding from the county commissioners that they’d like to renegotiate the sewer contract,” Renner said. “We prefer open communications with the county. We’ve been waiting for them to provide us with numbers of what they think they need to operate. We are concerned about recent price hikes that customers in Thorn Township and Glenford are now experiencing. Pricing and expenditures are set by the county and are out of our control.”
The existing sewer contract between Thornville and Perry County is in force until 2020. “We think that the water and sewer services provided by Thornville are the best affordable option for county water and sewer customers,” Renner said. “Very little of the money goes to the village. We collect what we need to operate and keep an eye on the future. I don’t think that the county should spend additional money to hook up with other providers. I also don’t think it’s wise to give away infrastructure to outside concerns.”
In 2007, former county commissioners Thad Cooperrider, Fred Shriner, and Lonnie Wood approved a 15-year contract to pay $50,000 in 2007 for Thornville’s sewer service. When the contract ends in 2022, Perry County will be paying Thornville $98,996.58 a year because the contract includes compounding five percent annual increases.
February 2014, Thornville Village Council members voted 3 to 2 to maintain the existing 15- year contract after Perry County officials asked council members to drop the compounding five percent increase in annual payments.
• The Thorn Township Firefighters Association, Thornville Lions Club Thornville Methodist Church, Grace Lutheran Church, Trinity United Church of Christ, Village of Thornville Employees and Thorn Township Trustees have joined forces to bring the Spirit of Giving for those who are facing financial challenges this year.
Donations would help children in need receive toys, clothing, shoes, warm jackets, hats and gloves this holiday season. Donation checks are payable to the Thorn Township Firefighters Association care of Jason Emmert Treasurer. Mail to: 13780 Zion Road, Thornville, Ohio 43076. The association is a tax-free organization and can provide a receipt.
• Thornville Administrator Beth Patrick said leaf collection will be suspended during the week of Nov. 21 and will resume Nov. 28, weather permitting.