No action taken on Plain City solicitor

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A concrete decision regarding Plain City’s solicitor position has yet to be made.

Discussion surrounding the termination of the village’s current solicitor, Paul Lafayette, began during the last council meeting, but was left off of Monday’s agenda.

The Aug. 26 council meeting included an executive session followed by the first reading of a resolution dismissing Lafayette as village solicitor.

The draft minutes of the meeting stated the resolution, “will move to 2nd Reading at the next Council meeting on September 9th.”

However, the second reading did not appear on Monday night’s Village Council agenda.

During the approval of minutes, several council members voiced corrections in reference to this disagreement.

Council member Darren Lee said, although there was a first reading during the most recent meeting, a second reading was not set for the next meeting. He said the resolution did not appear on the agenda for that reason.

Whether or not the resolution appeared on the agenda, council member John Rucker said he left the last meeting with the understanding that there would be a second reading on Monday night.

“For the sake of the minutes, in the (Aug. 26) meeting, I thought the discussion was we were going to have a second reading,” Rucker said.

“I don’t recall that,” Lee replied.

Council members Shannon Pine and Jody Carney affirmed Lee’s recollection. Pine said the situation surrounding Lafayette’s position will be discussed at Wednesday’s council work session.

Ultimately, Mayor Darrin Lane said the group was waiting to discuss the matter because Lafayette was not present at Monday’s meeting.

“The person most interested in this wasn’t able to attend, so we’re going to discuss it on Wednesday,” he said.

Council work session will take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, in the fire department community room, 650 W. Main Street.

In other business:

– Council approved a lease agreement with JAB Integrity, LLC, for use of the village’s sand volleyball courts. Elite Volleyball will now be able to host a series of sand volleyball tournaments at the courts at a rate of $25 per hour for each court.

– Council approved a resolution rescinding the approval of a petition of the City of Columbus to provide water and sanitary sewer utility services to the Village. The previous resolution was rescinded because Plain City and Columbus have not reached a master service agreement.

The resolution was also amended to take effect in 60 days, as opposed to 30, as Cahall said final negotiations are still underway.

– Council approved a resolution authorizing the sale of impounded vehicles.

– Village Administrator Nathan Cahall reported that the Charter Committee kickoff meeting will take place on Oct. 1, although a time is not yet set.

He also said the village’s new tax administrator, John Hunter, will be present at the Sept. 11 work session to introduce himself and discuss topics relevant to council as they work on the 2020 budget.

– On behalf of Fiscal Officer Renee Sonnett, who was not present at Monday’s meeting, Cahall reported that the village’s aquatic center has successfully closed for the season. He said revenue exceeded the anticipated budget, especially due to concession sales. Exact numbers should be available within the next 30 days, according to Cahall.

– Council member Jody Carney reported that 532 residents have responded to the Parks and Recreation Survey. Using this feedback, she said a parks master plan should be complete by the end of the year.

Carney said park improvements will include updated playgrounds and updates to equipment on the north end of Pastime Park. She also said eight trees will need to be cut down, but they each will be replaced by new trees or landscaping.

Additionally, Carney said the first annual pruning program to promote the health of trees is in the works.

– Rucker reported that new lieutenants will be starting for the fire department next week.



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