By Dedra Cordle
Kathy Thimmes, the fiscal officer for the village of Urbancrest, has resigned.
On Aug. 31, Thimmes gave notification that she would be stepping down from her position due to family responsibilities. She has been with the village for more than five years.
Mayor Joseph Barnes Sr. said he was saddened to have received that notice.
“It is hard to describe just how good she is at her job,” he said.
According to Barnes, Thimmes has been instrumental in overseeing the financial records of the village. He also said she has played a vital role as an advisor for the council and administration when questions arose during public meetings.
“She helped keep the village records solvent and helped us remain in great fiscal standing,” he said. “Her work ethic and knowledge will be missed in this village.”
At the council meeting last month, Barnes said he would appoint Vickie Sheets as acting fiscal officer.
Since the early 1990s, Sheets has been working as a traveling clerk for the village. During that time, she helped the village establish the Uniform Accounting Network, which is a financial software program developed by the Auditor of State’s office to support the accounting, payroll and financial management activities of local governments in Ohio.
Recently, Sheets and Thimmes had been working to modernize the village’s retention of its records.
Barnes said due to Sheets’ knowledge and familiarity with the village’s operations, he is confident that she will be able to fulfill the duties of the office. He did not, however, commit to making her role permanent.
“That depends on whether she wants this role (in the official capacity),” he said.
In other news, village council will soon decide whether it wants to receive a private roadway in order to allow public access for future development.
At the meeting on Oct. 13, a representative for property owner David Keil spoke on behalf of his client regarding the village’s potential dedication of Urbancrest Industrial Court.
Should the village accept the dedication, the private roadway will transfer into a public one, allowing for the development of 8.3 acres of neighboring tract.
According to Steve Tucker, the legal representative, a developer is looking to build an industrial complex and would need that roadway to be open to public use. If the council accepted the dedication, their street department would be in charge of its maintenance.
The village administration asked its engineers to survey the road earlier this summer. In the report, which was released shortly before the meeting started, engineer Brian Coghlan said it looks to be in solid condition but added that it was important that the law director and council look over the findings.
The council did not act on the request to accept the dedication, citing the need to thoroughly vet the report. Barnes said the last thing the council and administration want to do is accept a private roadway, only to sink extra funds into fixing undiscovered issues or utility legalities.
“We don’t want to adopt a lemon,” he said.
Councilman Steven Larkins asked Tucker what the type of business the developers were looking to established and whether it would bring a heavy traffic flow into the area.
Tucker said that he did not know the details of that request.