SALINEVILLE - Village council accepted the resignation of member Verna Lafferty Monday night after fiscal officer Melissa Baker read Lafferty's letter or resignation.
"I hate to see her go," council member Kathy Detchon said.
Council announced that now that they are down to five members, they will begin accepting applications for a new member until Nov. 17.
Council will decide who will fill Lafferty's vacant seat on Dec. 1.
Village solicitor Dominic Frank, who resigned earlier in the year, has decided to stay with the village at council's request.
"I want to thank Dominic for deciding to stay with us," Detchon said. "He's a wonderful solicitor."
In a three-to-two decision, with Detchon and council member Rick Beadle voting against, council passed legislation to raise village sewage rates from $15 to $20.
Council also approved an ordinance which establishes rate of pay for the licensed operator of the sewage plant.
Several equipment failures at the sewage plant recently led council to discuss payment options for a blower.
Baker stated that the estimated $7,000 cost to repair the blower could be paid in two installments within 30 days of each other.
"We don't have the money to pay for something like that," Beadle said.
Baker stated that the increase in sewage rates may help cover the cost.
"I say we go for it at this point in time," council member Linda Beadnell said.
Council also had previous plans to replace a broken pump at the sewage plant, which would cost approximately $2,000.
Baker stated that council may need to use money from the reserve fund, but that she will need to replenish any amount taken from the fund.
"That money should not be touched," Baker said. "It should just be there in case of emergency."
If council uses money from the reserve fund, the money will need to be replaced before Jan. 1 of the next fiscal year, or 2010.
Baker stated that progress on acquiring money for improvements to the local park is going well.
The village, Baker said, will get $9,000 of $25,000 which was allotted to the county by the Department of Natural Resources.
The village will receive the money next year.
Resident Joel Needham reported what he believes is a safety issue on Water Street.
Needham stated that people have been parking their cars along the road, making it impossible for vehicles leaving the street to see crossing traffic.
"That's a two way street and you can't even get through," Needham said.
Resident Tom Hayes added to the issue, stating that attempts to speak to the residents who are parking, and sometimes double-parking, along the street, resulted in the residents becoming angry.
"I will send the (police) chief up there tomorrow morning," village mayor Dave Berta said.
Resident Mary Madison also spoke at the meeting, reporting that a resident has been leaving debris in an alley by her home.
Madison stated that she has to pick up the debris before she can exit the alley in her vehicle.
"If you're dropping debris on the street, you need to be cited," council member Wayne Leishman said.
Council agreed that the street committee would address both the Water Street issue and the debris in the alley.
The street committee, which is comprised of Beadle, Detchon, and council member Judy Taggart, stated that they would report on both situations at the next meeting.
Madison also stated that she has been waiting for eight months to see progress on a flood wall at Little Salt Fork creek.
Madison stated that her basement has flooded multiple times as a result of the creek flooding.
"I say we quit putting this on the back burner," Detchon stated.
Berta stated that he would speak to village administrator Jeff Lewis about the issue.
On behalf of council, Beadnell thanked the village's police and fire departments for a successful Halloween parade and trick-or-treating night on Nov. 1.