(Posted Jan. 15, 2020)
By Andrew Garrett, Staff Writer
Mount Sterling village council held its first regular meeting of the year on Jan. 13, conducted by newly elected mayor, Marci Darlington. Addressing council, audience members, and village residents as a whole, Darlington said she was looking forward to the challenge and thanked them for electing her as mayor.
“This is just the beginning, like the new year,” she said.
Darlington wasn’t the only person to find herself in a new position; newly appointed council member Jordan “Jay” Pettey was also in attendance.
A relatively recent transplant, Pettey moved to Mount Sterling with his wife of 13 years and their children in June 2018. The 33-year-old father of four was attracted to the village because of its smaller size and family-based values. He attended Indiana University where he received his bachelor’s degree in communications and now works as an operations coordinator for Xerox Corp. Pettey originally hails from Flint, Mich.
While new faces were present, the long-familiar face of village solicitor, Mark Pitstick, was not. Pitstick, who had served in the position for more than 20 years, informed former mayor, Billy Martin, of his departure on Dec. 10, according to his brief letter of resignation. The letter gave no reason for his decision, saying only that he had enjoyed working for the village and its citizens.
The village is accepting applications of qualified candidates for the solicitor position.
Becky Martin was elected as council president pro tempore, nudging out Dave Timmons by one vote.
“I’m excited to work with the new mayor,” Martin said. “I hope to guide each of the committees into having strong, comprehensive plans before presenting them to council.”
Only one piece of legislation appeared on the agenda–an ordinance amending the rules of council. The ordinance, which passed unanimously, makes it possible for the new Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals to officially conduct business and appear on council meeting agendas.