UTICA — Glen Richards was introduced as the new administrator/zoning inspector for the village of Utica when Village Council met Monday evening at town hall. Previously serving as water/wastewater superintendent, Richards takes over for the position left vacant by Jud Brechler who retired April 30.
Four items were on the monthly agenda for council to consider. Approved under a three-reading suspension was Ordinance 12-008 establishing pay rates for village employees. Mayor Lester Grennell explained that this is a bookkeeping chore to bring payroll equivalent with ordinances. “We are not giving any employee pay raises,” said Grennell. “We should be ready now for the next audit.”
Also approved was Resolution 12-009 for adoption of sodium chloride/rock salt requirements for purchase. This locks in price and quantity with the Ohio Department of Transportation. The village of Utica is contracting for 150 tons this coming year.
Given a first reading was Ordinance 12-010, changing the legal level of control for appropriations to the statutory appropriation level. Solicitor Sarah Light explained this ordinance allows the village to move money around between different sub-funds which incorporate different uses of the money.