Plain City council members revisited several items of unfinished business this week.
At Monday’s meeting, council discussed the next step in closing the issues around the clock building’s water damages. Some residents in the audience, as well as members of council, expressed concerns about the progress — or lack of — on reaching an agreement with Tammy Redmond, the owner of the building.
“We have our clock sitting on top of her building and she’s been a good steward to our clock,” said Mayor Darrin Lane. “And we’re going to wait another two weeks to get back to her? I think we’re just dragging her along.” Council decided to have village solicitor, Paul-Michael La Fayette, reach out to Redmond with an easement — which he did Friday.
“The proposal was having an easement to ensure the clock would remain on that building,” La Fayette said. “There can be things put into the easement to better define access and maintenance.” Both of those topics were addressed in connection to the cause of damage. He added that the village would pay Redmond’s requested $15,000 in damages in hopes to make a compromise.
“I do not want the village to pay for an easement,” Redmond replied. “The village can have access whenever they want. I just want them to pay one-sixth of what I had to pay to fix it.”
If Redmond and the village do not agree on the easement proposal, La Fayette said the next move will be for council to decide what to do next.
Another point of order Monday, was preparing for a new village administrator. After current administrator, Kevin Vaughn, announced his resignation last week, the village said they hoped to replace the position quickly.
“We’re working with a third-party firm to help in the process of selecting a new person,” said Lane. “We anticipate this process to move pretty quickly.”
Lane also requested that the village have a special council meeting on Monday, July 2 at 7 p.m. to discuss the appointment of the village administrator.
Vaughn’s last day with the village is planned for July 6.
Also at the meeting Monday, council discussed resolutions that would:
• Increase the speed limit on North Chillicothe from 25 to 35 mph, starting at Noteman Road and extending to the bypass.
• Create the position of Council Clerk.
Reach Michael Williamson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619.