Mt. Sterling administrator and water plant operator resign

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(Posted Oct. 30, 2019)

By Andrew Garrett, Staff Writer

Mount Sterling will be without a village administrator again.

Brian Arledge has tendered his resignation. His last day as village administrator will be on Nov. 8, three days past what would have been the end of his initial 90-day trial. Arledge’s first official day on the job was Aug. 8. His predecessor, Brandon Fetzer, lasted in the position for two months.

Arledge’s resignation creates a vacancy not only in the village administrator spot, but it also means the loss of the village’s sewage plant operator. His employment contract called for him to hold both positions, just as it did for Fetzer.

Arledge was absent from the Oct. 28 village council meeting. Nobody could answer why he wasn’t in attendance.

“I’m surprised he wasn’t, and I’m not sure why…we’re still paying him,” said council member Becky Martin after the meeting.

On top of losing its administrator and sewage plant operator, the village is losing its water plant operator. Cody Lindsey, who has been in the position since March 1, submitted his resignation. His last scheduled day on the job is Nov. 6.

In new business, council passed on emergency three resolutions addressing issues or comments from the state auditor’s office as part of the correction plan for the village’s state of fiscal emergency. Once the policies are in place, the associated findings or comments can be removed from the auditor’s list.

The first policy calls for adoption of a disaster recovery plan. The policy explains how the village will continue to operate and collect fees in the case of a major disturbance, such as if a tornado was to tear through or if town hall was to burn to the ground.

The second calls for a policy governing and maintaining capital assets. The policy is designed to prevent the misuse and theft of village computers, vehicles, and other items.

The third policy addresses the appropriate use of government provided internet, computers and cell phones.

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