UTICA — It was the final regular meeting for Utica Mayor Larry Friesel when Utica Village Council met Monday evening at town hall. Friesel is marking the end of his 20-year tenure as mayor of Utica as he will be retiring at the end of the year. After the reading of the November regular and special meeting minutes, village solicitor Sara Light provided a musical rendition of “Larry the Mayor” to the tune of “Frosty the Snowman,” honoring Friesel for his 20 years of service to the village.
Three business items were on the agenda for consideration Monday, and all were passed under suspension of the three-reading rule. These were Ordinance 11-032, entering into a contract with the Licking County Commissioners for the reimbursement of legal counsel for indigent defendants; Ordinance 11-033, transferring funds between village accounts as requested by the county auditor in order to have accounts all finish in the black for the year; and Ordinance 12-001 for the 2012 temporary appropriations which were agreed on at a recent budget meeting.
Village administrator Jud Brechler announced there has been no response from the Environmental Protection Agency on the village’s request for an application for wastewater plant upgrades. He will continue to pursue a response to the application.