FAYETTE VILLAGE COUNCIL: Mayor Swears-In Council Members For A New Term

COUNCILMAN STAMBAUGH … Fayette Mayor David Borer swears-in Councilman Bryan Stambaugh. (PHOTOS BY JACOB KESSLER, STAFF)

By: Jacob Kessler

The Fayette Village Council held their meeting on Wednesday, January 12th. The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. followed by a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council first moved to swear in council members Rodney Kessler and Bryan Stambaugh to start their new term on the Fayette council.

Council then moved to select seats for council members for the remainder of the year before then moving to elect Rodney Kessler to the position of Council President.

The minutes for the previous meeting that took place on December 22nd were then approved as well as the minutes from the Safety Committee meeting that took place on January 5th. With no visitors, the mayor then gave a report.

He informed council that he and the village administrator received a letter from Sheriff Miller during a previous meeting that was attended by the both of them.

The letter spoke about the Sexual Assault Response Team and how it has reported a dramatic rise of non-fatal strangulations in Northwest Ohio. These incidents were described as “oftentimes related to sexual assaults of domestic violence.”

The SART Clinic of Northwest Ohio is planning on hosting an elite group of medical and legal professionals, who specialize in forensic science, strangulation events, and domestic violence. The symposium, Strangulation: The Silent Killer That Can’t Be Ignored, will be held on April 28th and 29th in Archbold, Ohio.

The organization is also looking for businesses or municipalities to become sponsors or donors to help with registration costs, meals, printed advertisements, training materials and travel expenses for the presenters.

The mayor also informed everyone that a water main break occurred yesterday and was fixed by Village Public Works employees. The Village Administrator then gave her report.

She informed council that she is willing to continue working on the Fulton County Regional Planning Commission. Council informed her that they would be interested in her continuing on the commission.

She also informed council that a legislative action on the agenda will need to be passed tonight. The action will give permission to the Village Administrator to sign papers required for the village to collect the $10 million grant from the state. A motion was made to approve the Village Administrators report which passed.

The VFO’s report was then given with it being stated that the W-2’s and 1099’s were printed and sent out with some of them being available in councilmembers mailboxes.

COUNCILMAN KESSLER … Fayette Mayor David Borer swears in Councilman Rodney Kessler.

Upcoming legislative actions were also discussed before council moved to approve the VFO report. Council then moved to pay the bills as presented before moving on to approve the following Resolutions.

The Second Reading of Resolution 2021-07 authorizing the Village Administrator to enter into and execute an agreement for Emergency Management services with the Emergency Management Agency. The Third Reading for Resolution 2021-06 authorizing the indigent defense contract for 2022.

The First Reading of Resolution 2022-01 accepting the Ohio Department of Development Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Program Grant agreement. Council first moved to suspend the rules before voting to approve the Resolution.

Council then moved to pass the following legislative actions. A motion to allow Police Chief Simon to sign a contract with Owens Community College for the officer training consortium.

A motion to close the village office to the public on Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day.

A motion to allow Mat Johnson to carry over an additional 8.25 hours of vacation time into 2022. With no further business to address, council moved to adjourn for the evening at 6:25 p.m.

Jacob can be reached at jacob@thevillagereporter.com

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