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Morgan to replace Snavely as fiscal officer

HEBRON – Deborah Morgan will replace Marty Snavely as village fiscal officer.

Snavely resigned last month effective April 26, to return to Licking County government and a newly created position in the County Auditor’s Office. Morgan is moving across the lobby from the Hebron Police Department where she was the Mayor’s Court Clerk and police department administrative assistant.

Police Chief James Dean asked Mayor Clifford Mason at the March 27 council meeting to appoint Morgan’s daughter, Leeana N. Morgan, to take her place as court clerk and administrative assistant.

Dean said the opening was advertised and he received about a dozen applications. “It is a complex job that requires a lot of training,” he explained. Leeana Morgan was the best applicant, Dean said.

He also noted that she is a commissioned police officer. “We get a female police officer,” he added. The department hasn’t had a female officer for several years.

Dean explained that Morgan and another candidate are moving thru the process to be appointed auxiliary officers. “That will come later,” he said. Morgan would not be paid as an auxiliary officer.

Mason accepted Dean’s recommendation and made the appointment. Council members unanimously confirmed it.

In other business, council members decided to pick up more of the cost for the Kelly and Westview Drive street resurfacing project. The project was ranked 43rd last fall for Ohio Public Works Commission funding in District 17. There was only enough money to fund the top 41 projects.

Village Administrator Ralph Wise detailed scoring for a second chance funding via the Small Government Program. Only $18 million will be available statewide. The total project cost is about $500,000. Council members unanimously agreed to request $349,000 rather than $362,000 in assistance. In addition, $110,000 of the $349,000 would now be in the form of a 20-year, no interest loan. The two changes should add seven points to their score, significantly improving their chances to be funded.

Council members also decided to pay the Licking County Humane Society just the $5 per month mandated by the Ohio Revised Code. Up to now, the village had paid nothing. The Society had requested $124.33 per month based on its ‘share’ of calls answered over the past two years. The Society said it had 12-13 calls in Hebron over the last two years.

Dean said his department was only contacted on one of the calls. “We can get the same service from animal control,” he explained. “We’re not making the calls (to the Society).”

Council members also discussed applying for a Community Development Block Grant. Only $315,000 will be available county-wide. Replacing the Sixth and North streets culverts was the preferred project. The village’s engineering firm estimated costs of $80,000 for Sixth Street and $105,000 for North Street plus design and engineering costs.

They decided to apply to replace just the Sixth Street culvert given the limited funds available. That culvert is undersized and feeds stormwater to the North Street culvert.

Wise announced that 134 applications were received to fill the administrative assistant post after Linda Nicodemus was promoted to community development coordinator. After selecting 20 for a written exercise, Wise interviewed 10 candidates and expected to make a conditional offer this week.

Council’s next meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9.

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