WEST LAFAYETTE — A new village administrator is now on board, and said she is ready to make a positive difference for the village of West Lafayette. Heather Stoffer, originally from the state of Louisiana, and now a resident of Coshocton County, was hired by the village in January.
Stoffer has a background in management, and leadership, having served in the U.S. Air Force since 2009. She continues to serve as a member of the 179th Airlift Wing Ohio National Guard, based out of Mansfield, and is currently enrolled at Mount Vernon Nazarene University to complete a business degree.
Stoffer was previously stationed in Guam for four years. She and her husband, also a member of the armed forces, and originally from Coshocton County, are the parents of two children.
Other business discussed at the Feb. 12 regular session:
• Village council, and administration observed a moment of silence for the two police officers recently slain at Westerville.
• The police department report, given by Officer Larry Dusenbury, reported 13 criminal arrests, 14 traffic arrests in January.
• A card of thanks, and several monetary donations were recently received for the food pantry that is managed by the Police Department.
• The fire department report, given by Assistant Fire Chief Damon Gould, reported a total of 22 runs for the department in January. The year to date calls for the fire department as of Jan. 31 was 22 calls, compared to 10 calls last year at the same time.
• Brian Carroll was approved for a full time labor position, replacing Shawn Moore who had recently resigned.
• Additional road salt was ordered for the village, the current supply has decreased following previous ice storms this winter.
• Yellow Flag yard sales will be held May 4-5, 2018.
• The West Lafayette Homecoming is planned for July 26-28. The plan includes a fireworks display again this year. Last year’s display, the first ever for West Lafayette, was spectacular. The village has a $5,000 goal for this year’s display. Details will be forthcoming.
• Burt Park will open in April, and reservation forms will need to be submitted to the village by March 30.
• The village will be looking at adding retractable awnings on the bandstand.
• Council will discuss a plan at next regular session regarding A.J. Caldwell to be the new IT provider by May 1. The new provider will save the village money by providing the service at 30% of the projected amount.
• Council approved Resolution 2018-03 concerning credit card use.
• Council approved Resolution 2018-04 concerning the hiring of Village Solicitor Brett H. Hillyer through Dec. 31, 2019.
• Council approved Ordinance 2018-05 concerning transferring funds from general fund to the police department.
• Council approved Ordinance 2018-06 concerning approving the Shurtz farm as an agricultural district.
• Council approved Resolution 2018-07 concerning a purchase order to Lexipol.
• Council approved Resolution 2018-08 concerning a participation agreement with Palmer Energy Company for electricity purchase agreement.