BALTIMORE – Five village administrator candidates have been interviewed out of approximately 20 applications.
Four candidates were interviewed last Saturday, Mayor Robert Kalish told The Beacon Monday night. One candidate was to be interviewed Wednesday. Kalish and council members are pleased with the quality of the candidates seeking to replace Marsha Hall, who resigned late last month to become Groveport’s city manager.
The administrator position will continue to be full-time, Kalish said, combining administrative and zoning duties. The administrator’s salary will continue to be paid out of the water and sewer funds, the village’s general fund and with zoning fees.
In a short business session Monday night, council members unanimously agreed to lease two used police cruisers with an option to buy for four annual payments of $6,586. Police Chief Michael Tussey said two of the village’s cruisers are out-of-service and not worth repairing. The new-to-Baltimore cruisers are coming from New Jersey and were purchased by Police Cruisers Ltd., a firm specializing in low mileage used cruisers. Both are Ford Crown Victoria’s which means the village can save about $4,000 per cruiser by reusing equipment from the Crown Victoria’s being retired. Ford is no longer making Crown Victoria’s, but parts will be available for years.
A 2008 model has some 30,000 miles on it and a 2009 model has 41,000 miles, Tussey said. They come with a 7,500 miles drive-train warranty and a three-year warranty is available for an additional $400 per vehicle. “We should be able to get in 90-100,000 miles with them,” Tussey added. That would be about five to six years of service from them.
Tussey said a new cruiser would cost about $24,000 and would require another $4,000 in equipment because the equipment in the cruisers being retired will only fit in a Crown Victoria.
Council members, with one abstention, appointed Shaun Hochradel to fill Joe Taylor’s unexpired term on the Parks and Recreation Board as a village representative. His father, council member Jim Hochradel abstained. Shaun Hochradel currently represents the Liberty Union Thurston School District on the board.
At their reorganizational meeting, council members decided to continue to hold their regular meetings on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, but moved the time up to 7:30 p.m. from 8:00 p.m. Council meetings are held on the ground floor of the village hall. Judy Landis will continue as council president and council members will keep their current committee assignments. Committee chairs are: Finance – Robert Hankison; Rules – Judy Landis; Safety – Tony House; and Service – Jim Hochradel.
The annual State-of-the-Village presentation is set for 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, in the Liberty Union High School cafeteria. A complimentary continental breakfast sponsored by Peoples Bank runs from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Kalish expects to introduce the new village administrator as part of the presentation.