(Posted Feb. 2, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Mount Sterling village council has a new president pro tem and some new faces as 2022 kicks into gear.
At a special meeting on Jan. 4, council accepted the resignation of council member Jay Pettey who resigned for personal reasons. At a special meeting on Jan. 19, council appointed Joyce Phillips to fill Pettey’s term which expires on Dec. 31, 2023.
Council elected a new president pro tem at its first regular meeting of the year, held on Jan. 24. Pettey previously held the position. Prior to the vote, Stephen Smith, the village’s attorney, explained the rules for electing a president pro tem. First, the floor is opened to nominations. Anyone on council can nominate themselves or anyone else on council. Then, council votes on the nominees in the order they were nominated. The first nominee to receive four votes is named president pro tem.
Two council members were nominated for the position. Bill Tilley, a newly elected council member, nominated Andy Drake. Phillips seconded the nomination. Rob Longcoy, another newly elected council member, nominated Becky Martin. Martin seconded the nomination. Drake was first up for votes and received the four votes needed to win the position. Tilley, Phillips, Timmons and Drake cast the four “yes” votes. Longcoy and Martin cast the two “no” votes.
In other business at the Jan. 24 meeting:
• Misty Vance, utilities clerk, reported $13,000 in delinquent utility payments from residents. That number is higher than normal, she said. She and Courtney Bricker, fiscal officer, reminded residents that the county offers financial assistance with utility bill payments. Vance said individuals who call the county often find out quickly if they are eligible for the assistance. There is a waiting list, though, and it does take a while to receive the money.
“But, what a weight off your shoulders if you owe something,” Vance said.
Anyone who has questions about their utility bills or would like information about payment assistance can call village hall, (740) 869-2040.
• Bricker provided an update on the AEP project planned for Mason Park. As part of improvements it is making across several counties, AEP plans to install a 90-foot utility pole at the park. The company estimates the work at Mason Park will take place in the summer of 2023.
• A year-end report showed that the building and zoning department handled 31 residential permits, five commercial permits, one right-of-way permit, 24 zoning permits, and 10 variance cases in 2021. They also regularly field calls regarding development and zoning in the village.
• Council reappointed Larry Scott and Deanna Stevens to the planning and zoning committee.