Tiltonsville officials talk over vacancy

TILTONSVILLE – One person has shown an interest in serving as Tiltonsville’s clerk-treasurer to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Tim Rankin, Mayor Kris Prati said during a village council meeting held earlier this week.

Rankin, who had been clerk-treasurer for 13 years, submitted his resignation during the first council meeting of the year. The resignation is to be effective when a new clerk-treasurer is appointed, but no later than Thursday.

Council approved a resolution to pay a visiting clerk for up to 10 hours at a rate of $25 an hour to train a new clerk-treasurer. The issue will be revisited if more hours are necessary.

In other matters, council decided to keep the meeting dates and times the same for 2013. Council meetings are to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the municipal building with meeting dates to remain as the first and third Tuesdays in January, February, March, September, October and November. During April, May, June, July, August and December, council will meet the third Tuesday of the month.

Prati swore in Ty Lollini as a councilman prior to the start of the meeting. He fills the council vacancy created when Prati, who had been serving as council president pro-tem, became mayor.

Council adopted an ordinance to approve permanent appropriations for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31 in the amount of $1,217,576.

Village Administrator Carl Sgalla was named as representative to the Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission with Prati as the alternate.

Sgalla emphasized that applications for the Home Repair Grant Program administered through the JCRPC are still available and may be picked up at the water office or online. He added that not many are taking advantage of the program.

Prati reported the village has received a proof of liability from Horizon, as required by the village.

Horizon is installing a fiber optic line through the village, and proof of liability is one of the village’s requirements. The village also requires advanced notification to have a village representative present before any boring takes place.

During his report, Sgalla said Horizon had completed the horizontal bore for the fiber optic line north of Ohio Street, and there are still some issues to be resolved.

The water committee will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 in the municipal building.