Tom Spiess files final report 01.03

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s interim village administrator Tom Spiess delivered his final report to council members Thursday night before resigning from the position Dec. 31.

This prompted mayor Anita Van Zile to seek a closed session of council to discuss how village business will be handled until a new administrator is in place.

Van Zile said that committees have been reminded of the impending change, but she said nothing has been done. The telephone will begin ringing on the morning of Jan. 2, she said, and no one will be available to answer questions directed to the administrator.

“You have nobody to handle the work that Tom’s been doing,” she said. “I don’t know who’s going to do it. No decisions have been made.”

Council met in a closed session for about an hour to discuss personnel issues.

Van Zile started the meeting by presenting a proclamation to Spiess that thanked him for his service to the community. Spiess, in turn, praised council members for the work they’ve done during his time as administrator.

“You’ve attacked some problems that were very critical for us,” he said.

He thanked council members for their patience and always giving him time to work through issues.

Although Spiess resigned from the administrator post, he plans to invest time in economic development issues in an attempt to bring new jobs to the community.

PERSONNEL—Advertisements will be placed in area newspapers for a police chief—either part-time or full-time—and for a part-time village administrator.

 

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