Waldron cancels contract for code enforcer 7.23

Written by David Green.

Waldron’s effort to employ a code officer came to an end July 8 when council members voted to void the contract.

Council voted in October 2007 to hire Morenci police officer Don Thompson on a part-time basis to occasionally visit the village to check for code violations, such as lawn maintenance issues, junk cars and loose dogs.

Thompson’s work with the village never  got into full swing, clerk Ruth Hotchkiss said, and the contract was nullified. Only council member Roy Hall voted against the motion.

Thompson was hired on a six-month trial contract to spend a minimum of three hours in the village whenever he made a visit. He was also to be deputized by the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department and serve as a police officer when he was in the village.

Council will review the code officer plan with the village attorney, Hotchkiss said, and if approved, advertise again for an officer.

Several letters need to be mailed to property owners about tall grass and weeds. It was noted at the June meeting that only one warning letter is to be mailed. If the situation isn’t corrected, a village employee will mow the lawn and the cost will be added to the property owner’s tax bill.

MOWER—Council voted to spend $1,911 to buy a new motor for the village lawn mower from Chad Smig. Three estimates were received.

HANDBOOK—Information will be collected about the duties of village employees and turned over to the Ordinance and Legal Committee for review.

WINDMILL—The new windmill aerator at the park pond is not operating properly. A chemical will be purchased to deal with an algae problem.

SALARY—At the June 10 meeting, council members approved a pay increase to $7.65  an hour for part-time employee Dennis Hopkins.

Motions to increase his pay to $8 an hour and to $7.55 an hour both failed on 3-4 votes, but the $7.65 motion went through by a 6-1 vote, with Jeff Bernath voting against it.

SOIL—A pile of topsoil will be placed near the village maintenance building for residents to use.

MILLAGE—Council voted unanimously to leave the millage rate of 10.9812 unchanged for the 2008-09 fiscal year.

DRAINS—All storm drains will be located and recorded so an accurate list will be available in the village office. Cleaning of drains is needed.

BANK BUILDING—Arrangements are still being worked out for the sale of the former Bank of Lenawee building to the village for a nominal $1 fee. The Waldron branch of the bank was closed when the Bank of Lenawee was sold to First Federal Bank.

Hotchkiss said as of now there are no firm plans for how the building will be used.

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