The night of the first meeting of the New Boston Village Council started out with a bit of anticipation, as a big portion of the members along with the village clerk and mayor were sworn in.
However, soon as that had taken place, Mayor Junior Williams informed the council that they needed to vote to accept a resignation for village councilman, John Whisman.
Sworn back into office were the village clerk, Lana Loper and Mayor Williams along with councilmembers Jon Mills, Ralph Imes, and Dan Fetty. Also swearing into office was new councilmember Vonald Patrick, however, this was not new to him, as he had been a councilmember in the past. All officials were sworn into office by New Boston Councilman, Ryan Ottney.
Before the monthly meeting began, there was a short organizational meeting, where the members were sworn in and took the oath of office. During the organizational meeting, the council voted in Fetty as the President Pro Tem and set the date and time for the meetings to be on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The organizational meeting was then closed and the first monthly meeting for the year 2020 was opened with the pledge to the flag and a silent prayer.
It was during this part of the meeting that the mayor read the resignation of Whisman and presented it to the council for a vote. Each member voted to accept, with Councilman Fetty expressing he regretfully would accept Whisman’s resignation. Whisman was voted into the council in the November 2017 election and began serving in January of 2018.
Upon this vacancy, Mayor Williams asked the council to decide how they wanted to go about filling the vacancy and that it had to be taken care of within a 30 day time period. The council decided to run an ad about the opening and within that ad, all applications would have to be in by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17th, which would be before the next council meeting.
Various reports from the mayor and others were accepted by council and then the village clerk, Loper read the following Ordinances and Resolutions:
Ordinance 1-2020-An ordinance establishing a “Village Master Pay Ordinance” and repealing Ordinance No. 24-2019 and declaring an emergency was first passed to suspend the rules and then voted upon to adopt and passed with all members present voting to pass.
Resolution-1-2020-Approving the agreement with the Toole and Associates to provide commercial building department services. This resolution was passed and adopted.
Also, during the meeting, Mayor Williams read a Charitable Organization Highway Solicitation Request from the District 11 Challenger Baseball League to be held in May. The village council gave them the vote to bring this in for a first reading at the next village council meeting, January 21, 2020.
The mayor asked each council member to present any new business and each one congratulated those who had been sworn into office earlier in the evening and with Patrick expressing thanks for having him back and that it was good to be back. Then, Councilman Fetty made a motion for the meeting to be adjourned.
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