Three ordinances were approved by village council after a first reading, and being declared as an emergency, during West Lafayette's regular session Monday night. The ordinances were as follows:
Ordinance #2017-08: Establishing the benefit schedule for the Village of West Lafayette.
Ordinance #2017-09: Establishing 2017 pay scale for Village of west Lafayette.
Ordinance #20217-11: Authorization for the Mayor and Fiscal Officer to execute an agreement for participation with the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) for services relating to the administration and enforcement of the Village of West Lafayette income tax.
The village's plan is to begin services with RITA to manage the village's income tax effective Oct. 1, 2017. The cost of the service will be $16,000-18,000 per year, but the service will benefit the village by eliminating the need for an income tax administrator and assisting staff for that position, and will better enforce compliance with income tax payments.
Another ordinance #2017-10 regarding adopting and enacting the 2017 edition of the Ohio Basic Code, published by the American Legal Publishing Corporation. The ordinance will be given three readings.
Other business discussed during the March 13, regular session included:
Mike Levigne, Coshocton County IT support for the village was present to discuss a recent issue with a disrupted village file issue.
Fire Chief, Glenn Hill thanked the council and Village of West Lafayette for assistance in helping to obtain the new tanker that has arrived recently but is not yet in service. Chief Hill said that the department is currently educating all the department on the use of the pumper.
Assistant Fire Chief, Damon Gould provided a monthly fire report. There were 11 total calls for February, four of those being actual fire runs. Other calls were related to rescue & emergency, hazards, and service calls
Police Chief, Stephen Klopfenstein provided a report for the police department for the month of Feb. Total calls were 157. Criminal arrests were 16. Follow-ups were 79. Traffic stops were 17.
Chief Klopfenstein announced that the police department will sponsor an Easter egg hunt at Burt Park on Saturday, April 8, from 11 a.m-12 p.m. Ages 2 to 5 begin at 11 a.m., and ages 6-10 begin at 11:30 a.m.
Council approved the hiring of Trisha Raymont as part-time tax auditor. The position will continue until the Village begins services with RITA in early October.
West Lafayette Village Yellow Flag Yard sales are scheduled for May 5 and 6.
During a Public Safety committee report the reduction of speed from 35 to 25 mph on west Main Street was discussed. It was believed that due to County Road 16 being part of west Main, and also being a business district, the reduction would need approval through the state before action could be taken.
Village council approved to go into executive session to discuss personnel. No action taken at this time.