(Posted Aug. 14, 2019)
By Andrew Garrett, Staff Writer
Mount Sterling village council has a vacant seat. Mike Bennett, who was appointed to council in March, tendered his resignation on Aug. 1.
Bennett joined council (along with Craig Hix and Marci Darlington) after former council members Rebecca Burns, Tom Ward and Tammy Vansickle resigned in February.
At council’s Aug. 12 meeting, Mayor Billy Martin read the following from Bennett’s resignation letter: “I regret to inform you that I am resigning from my position of village council immediately for personal reasons.”
Martin said Bennett is moving to the Circleville area.
Council unanimously voted to accept Bennett’s resignation.
Council also voted unanimously to authorize the mayor to contract with Mark Pitstick for the position of village law director. The law director’s contract is up for renewal every two years, according to Pitstick. He has been in the position for 20 years, he said.
Council also passed a measure allowing for the control of removal of grasses and noxious weeds on lots within the village corporation limits. Lawns must be maintained at a height of no more than eight inches. Properties with grasses or weeds exceeding this height will receive a posting from the village administrator or his designee ordering the property owner to comply within 48 hours. If the property owner does not, village agents will mow the lot and bill the property owner for the service. If the property owner fails to pay the bill, the village will place a tax lien on the property with the county auditor.
Martin announced that the first phase of the village-wide pothole patching project is complete. He said that the largest, most offensive potholes in the areas most traveled in the village have been fixed. He said that the Cliffview Drive and Rosewood Avenue areas will be addressed in the second phase of the project. An exact start date was not given, but Martin said it won’t be long before work begins.