Council approves restroom fixes, pool heater

Salary increase, personnel changes proposed for 2017 budget

By Andrea Chaffin -

Plain City will invest $50,000 into renovating its park restrooms and installing a heater in the pool.

Council members approved the recommendations put forth by the park committee during Monday’s meeting.

The money was set aside in this year’s budget to build a new, standalone restroom facility at Pastime Park. Instead, the committee recommended spending $10,000 to renovate the existing restroom at the youth building. Plans call for adding walls to make two private bathrooms with commercial fixtures, as well as adding a supply closet.

The village will spend $20,000 to renovate restrooms at the campground. The remaining $20,000 will be spent to install a heater at the aquatic center, which will substantially lengthen the pool season, said councilman Nick Kennedy.

Council members also agreed to have the village solicitor draw up legislation on several recommendations from the finance/personnel committee.

The proposals for the 2017 budget include a 3 percent salary increase for all village employees, including administration. The move will cost the village about $30,000. There has been discussion about giving the increase in 2018 and 2019, as well.

Other proposals include hiring a part-time zoning inspector and making the park director position full-time. The village currently employs a contracted zoning inspector. Park director Linda Granger is currently classified as a part-time, seasonal worker who is paid hourly. She will receive benefits under the proposed change.

Council unanimously voted yes on all proposals with the exception of council member Leslie Perkins, who voted against the park director change. Perkins said she believes the workload is “too much for one person.”

“I would like to see one person responsible for the pool and one for the parks and events,” she said.

The last proposal calls for hiring an economic development director. The village has received about 30 resumes for the position, and will move forward with the hiring process when David Kell, executive director for the Madison County CIC, returns from a trip to Japan.

In other business:

• The Capital Improvement Committee finalized priority lists for village projects. Items classified as high priority include renovations to the administration building and park youth building, park restrooms, advanced meter reading, a vehicle replacement program, new cracksealing machine and improvements to streets, curbs and gutters.

The list is being compiled in connection to the village passing a 1/2 percent income tax levy in March and an updated comprehensive plan. The levy will bring in $450,000 in 2017, and about $650,000 in the following years.

• Council agreed to allow the administration to move forward with negotiating with the City of Marysville to provide water and wastewater services in order to have rate information in-hand when the feasibility study is concluded. Village solicitor Paul-Michael Lafayette emphasized the agreement is not being approved at this point.

• Work has begun at West Avenue and U.S. 42 to widen the road and add a traffic light to the intersection, reported village administrator Kevin Vaughn. He asked for residents to slow down and be aware that the road is down to one lane.

• The historic clock tower will likely return to its base at the beginning of November, Vaughn told council members. The village is waiting for woodworking crews to complete a pedestal, and for etching on the clock’s face to be completed.

• Council met in executive session to discuss the discipline of a public employee. No action was taken.
Salary increase, personnel changes proposed for 2017 budget

By Andrea Chaffin

Andrea Chaffin can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619 or via Twitter @AndeeWrites.

Andrea Chaffin can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619 or via Twitter @AndeeWrites.