Following the resignation of village administrator, Heather Stoffer, then the recent termination of the village solicitor, Brett Hillyer’s contract, the village of West Lafayette is now getting back to a full crew. The village recently announced the hiring of Jon Hardesty, a Warsaw resident, and former AEP employee to fill the village administrator position. Hardesty’s employment with the Village of West Lafayette became effective on May 6, 2019, following a special village council session.

During the recent regular council session, ordinance 2019-18 was approved to hire attorney Julie Dreher as the village’s solicitor per a contract that will be effective July 1-Dec. 31, 2019. Dreher will not be hired as a village employee, and therefore will not receive village employee benefits. The solicitor will be paid $150 per hour, plus mileage reimbursement at the rate permitted by the IRS.

Other business discussed during the May 14, 2019, regular council session included:

1. Local Eagle Scout, Ray Shaw presented a request to do a Scout project for the village that includes constructing 10-12 birdhouses, and an 8 foot x 10 foot pavilion with a concrete floor, to be constructed either on Main Street, or Burt Park, or at the Water Works Park. Buildings & Properties committee will review Shaw’s request to complete the projects, and will either give approval, or deny the request by the next council session.

2. Boot drive for the July 4 fireworks display will be held on June 1, and June 22.

3. Village fiscal officer, Amy Bourne reports the village audit for 2017-18 had started this past week and that the auditor has commented that the audit is looking favorable so far.

4. The village will be looking for a supervisor/ crew leader for the summer workers that will be hired for additional labor (workers supplied by Coshocton County Jobs & Family Services). One application for the position was submitted for consideration. The position will be for the summer season only.

5. Council approved designating a loading zone, no parking area on Kirk Street near the Ridgewood General Store.

6. A second reading was given on ordinance 2019-16 regarding establishment of the village employee handbook.

7. A second reading was given on ordinance 2019-17 regarding the establishment of the 2019 pay and benefits schedule for village employees.

8. Council approved a first reading with the emergency clause for resolution #2019-19 regarding a general operating ten mil tax levy.

9. A first reading was also given concerning ordinance 2019-21 for a contract for the village’s solicitor effective for January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

10. Council approved resolution 2019-22 with a first reading and emergency clause concerning amendment of the 2019 permanent appropriations, adding funds.

The next regular village council session is scheduled for May 27, 2019.