EATON — The City of Eaton’s Employee of the Year (2016) was honored during the council meeting on Monday, March 20. Public Maintenance Worker Eli Montgomery was chosen for the honor, and was recognized for his achievement.
Montgomery was not the only city employee who was recognized during the meeting. The oath of office was administered to fire captains James “Henry” Roberts and Randall (Randy) Anderson. Fire Chief Brian Smith explained that the department started a five-person internal promotional process a month ago.
“Five very good candidates all submitted interest and tonight we’re going to promote these two. Both have been in and out of our service for awhile. Randy worked full time in Lewisburg — we stole him away. Henry has been with us for almost 10 years. Well-deserved for both of them,” Smith said.
City of Eaton Police Chief Chad DePew took a moment to introduce new full time police officer Lucas Schlumpf to council members. He said, “We had a vacancy when Dale Haney retired and we started up our civil service process. [Schlumpf] has actually been part time with us for a year and a half. He rose to the top of that process and we were able to make him full time last week.”
First reading and a public hearing on Ordinance 17-04 , to amend the official zoning map of the City of Eaton and change the zoning district classification of part out lot 138, located at 1005 East Main St, was held. John P. Grieshop submitted the application to rezone this property. He owns a nearby property that is already zoned as C-2. He wants to remove the house at 1005 East Main St. and replace it with a building that he will then use as a used auto or golf cart sales facility.
Resolution 17-10 was approved, which proposed the Maintenance Division dispose of a 2004 New Holland skid steer that is no longer of service. The minimum selling price is set at $7,000.
Resolution 17-12 was approved, which allows for the purchase of a vehicle for the Eaton Fire Division. Officials are seeking to replace a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer with a 2017 Ford Explorer from Lebanon Ford, for the purchase amount of $27,739.
Resolution 17-13 was approved, which allows for a collaboration between the Preble Board of County Commissioners and the City of Eaton. The Board of County Commissioners is planning roadway improvement projects on portions of both East Lexington Road and Camden Road. The City of Eaton wishes to join in the project for those city-maintained portions of the specified roads.
Resolution 17-14 was approved, which allows the city manager to execute the purchase of a 2016 GMC Canyon 4×4 from Larkin Cobb Chevrolet-Buick-GMC. This will replace the Eaton Public Works Division’s 2006 GMC Canyon pickup truck.
Eaton City Council is planning on passing Ordinance 17-03, which will change the council’s meeting time to 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. The ordinance was due for its second reading, however, two council members were absent from the meeting, and in order to approve this change a total of four members will have to vote. This issue will be pushed back until next month.
In other news:
•The transfer of $30,000 was approved from the General Fund to the Swimming Pool Fund, for cleaning and prepping for this summer’s opening.
•A contract with YMCA for management of the Outdoor Pool was approved.
•A contract with RKM Fireworks was approved. This is for the Fireworks Exhibition on June 25, called Boom-N-Blast.
•The contract for the 2017 Municipal Paving Project from ODOT Cooperative Purchase Program was approved.
The next Eaton City Council meeting will be on Monday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Eaton City Building.
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