WEST LAFAYETTE — Officials said they "regretfully" accepted the recent resignation of West Lafayette Village Administrator Heather Stoffer at a recent council meeting.

The resignation was announced during the village’s regular session on Feb. 25, effective for March 1. While Stoffer did not give reason for the sudden, unexpected resignation, she did express her gratitude for the experience she gained in the past year. Stoffer had been employed with the village since last year.

Council later approved the Public Works committee to begin advertising to fill the vacant Village Administrator position.

Council gave first reading for Ordinance 2019-09 concerning the village’s plan for water service purchase from the City of Coshocton. The ordinance will receive the three full readings before a decision has been given according to Mayor Steve Bordenkircher. Coshocton Mayor Steve Mercer and West Lafayette Mayor Bordenkircher announced the tentative agreement has been reached for West Lafayette to to purchase water from Coshocton.

After the November vote by West Lafayette residents and only several months of negotiating, both sides have agreed on the terms and was to be presenting to their respective councils for first readings. A total of three readings are required with a final majority vote to pass. The public is encouraged to attend the meetings and offer comment or call the local Mayor's office.

The Ohio EPA has been a leading proponent of this regionalization project and providing substantial funding that is making this long considered partnership possible, officials said.

If approved, the tentative schedule is for all funding applications to be finalized this year along with the engineer's drawings. Groundbreaking early next year should mean the conversion to city water will occur later in 2020.

Other business discussed included:

• Johnson Road sewer project is planned to be completed by April 30.

• The village parking lot on Main Street, and parking area near the village offices on Railroad Street both recently received grading and the addition of road grindings.

• Resolution 2019-08 was given first reading, and passed with emergency clause concerning the MARCS radio contract for the police department at a cost of $1,650.

• Council agreed to move the regular May 27 session to May 20 due to the Memorial Day holiday.

The next council session is scheduled for March 11.