(Posted Nov. 29, 2017)
By Amanda Ensinger, Staff Writer
On Nov. 27, Mount Sterling council approved the village’s 2018 budget, a contract with Rumpke Waste and Recycling Services, and an agreement with Trusty Insurance for health insurance for village employees.
Council members said they are pleased to continue with Rumpke.
“We have been working with Rumpke for a long time and have had very few complaints,” said council member Diane Spradlin. “They do an outstanding job at a great price.”
In discussion about finances, Courtney Bricker, the village’s fiscal officer, updated council on delinquent water bills. Previously, residents owed a total of approximately $19,000 in unpaid water bills. That amount is now down to just over $13,000, Bricker said.
Mayor Lowell Anderson reported on RITA (Regional Income Tax Agency) collections.
“Last year, the RITA distribution at this time was $659,135.58. This year, it is $679,479.20,” he said. “That is an increase of approximately $20,000 this year, which is wonderful.”
Council also discussed the idea of giving Bricker a pay increase or stipend for the additional work she has taken on since the departure of John Martin, the former village administrator.
“In the last two to two-and-half months, Courtney has incurred another position… on top of her regular duties,” said council member Mary Lou Stiverson-Ratliff. “I would like the finance committee to discuss giving her a stipend for this until we hire a new administrator or determine next steps for this position.”
At a previous meeting, council decided to leave the administrator position vacant until the newly elected council members and mayor take office in January. Bricker has been handling some of the administrator responsibilities in addition to her work as fiscal officer.
Council agreed to further discuss the possibility of extra pay for Bricker.