(Posted July 17, 2019)
By Andrew Garrett, Staff Writer
Mount Sterling village council approved the hiring of Brian Arledge as village administrator during a special meeting on July 12. Arledge replaces Brandon Fetzer who held the position for two-and-a-half months before submitting his resignation.
The measure passed on emergency with a unanimous vote. Council member Lowell Anderson was absent due to health reasons.
Arledge graduated from Madison-Plains High School in 1984 and has spent the majority of his life in the Mount Sterling area. He has worked on and off for the village in different capacities for years, most recently as part-time wastewater plant operator. He holds a Class III wastewater certification and a Class II water certification, one class above what is necessary to operate the village’s water and wastewater plants as required by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Arledge is employed full-time as Fayette County’s wastewater plant superintendent. He has also worked in wastewater with the city of Columbus and was plants manager for Greene County, where he supervised 20 employees over four plants.
He lives with his wife, Kelly, and their two dogs.
“I hope to do the very best for my home of Mount Sterling,” he said.
Arledge’s first day as village administrator is Aug. 5.
Council also heard the first reading of an ordinance that, if adopted, would increase the pay and benefits of council members and the mayor starting Jan. 1, 2020.
Currently, council members receive $100 per month in compensation for their service. They receive the same amount regardless if they attend two regular council meetings or none. There is no pay rate specifically for special council meetings or work meetings. The mayor receives a rate of $625 per month, according to fiscal officer Courtney Bricker.
The new ordinance calls for paying council members by the meeting–$100 for each regular meeting and $25 for each special meeting or work session attended, not to exceed $400 per month. The pay for the president pro temp would be $150 per regular meeting and $25 per special meeting or work session, not to exceed $500 per month.
The mayor’s salary would increase to $12,000 annually and include the option of receiving medical insurance.
Craig Hix was the only council member present who voted “no” on the first reading of the legislation. The second reading will take place at the village’s next regular council meeting at 7 p.m. July 22.