DGKN staff report
DALTON Village council members are expected to appoint two new council members this month and hire a new village solicitor.
Council decided at its last meeting to have an organizational meeting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6. Three people have expressed interest in two seats that are vacant on council in the new year.
Both council members John Hisey and Steve Gerber decided not to run again. Voters elected Mike Scheibe and Dee Rodi-Barbera to fill their seats. Council member Dennis Finley was elected to be mayor so his seat is vacant, and Rodi-Barbera was elected to a four-year council seat leaving her present seat vacant. She was filling a seat formerly held by Larry West who resigned before his term was finished.
Three people – Blake Nussbaum II, James Bucklew and Mike Gamble – submitted letters to council indicating they would like to be considered for the vacant council seats.
Council has been advertising for a new village solicitor. Melissa Craemer Smith gave notice that she was stepping down effective Dec. 31. Council received only one application from Kendra J. Carpenter, of Massillon, who has experience reviewing and negotiating contracts, policies and other forms. She is a graduate of the University of Akron College of Business Administration and the University of Akron School of Law. She could be hired as a village employee or on a contractual basis.
Council also will have to appoint a new representative to serve on the East Wayne Fire District board since Finley previously was the representative.
Anyone who is interested in serving on the board of public affairs may contact village hall. The mayor appoints for the position. Jim Hodkinson chose not to run again. Ron Lechner and Francis Woodruff sit on the board.
At the village’s December meeting, the village clerk presented to finance bills totaling $79,572. Municipal Court fines brought in for the month of November totaled $363.
Council authorized street superintendent Dave Reynolds’ request for $2,300 from the general fund to cut down two big trees located on W Main Street, which are old and in poor shape and could become a liability issue.
Council also will meet at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 because appropriations have to be passed by Jan. 15.