WEST ALEXANDRIA — West Alexandria Village Council held its first meeting of 2023 on Monday, Jan. 9, during which council nominated and appointed a council president and discussed departmental new hires and promotions.
Chief of Police Eric Stevens made the request of council to allow him to promote part-time patrol officer Dorothy Stringer to a full-time position, as well as promote Stephen Biscardi to a part-time position. The request sent council to executive session, where they deliberated for several hours.
Upon exiting executive session, council accepted the mayor’s recommendation to promote Stringer to a full-time position with the West Alexandria Police Department at a rate of $18 hourly, with all votes in favor, excluding councilmembers Zach Shafer and Ashley Myers, who voted against the action.
“I won’t let you down, I promise you that,” Stringer told council.
Council also accepted the employment of Stephen Biscardi as a part-time employee, at a rate of $16 hourly, with all votes in favor. Biscardi was sworn in during the meeting.
Council accepted the resignation of Derek Bell from the EMS, who had worked with the department for 16 years, according to village officials. No members of council commented on Bell’s resignation or time with the village.
Fire Chief Glander requested a $2 hourly increase for his staff, however council tabled the decision for Wednesday, Jan. 18, the next scheduled work session.
In other business:
• Myers nominated Geoff Justice as the council president for 2023, Shafer nominated Dan Utsinger. The vote tallied three for Utsinger, three for Justice, with the mayor breaking the tie in favor of Geoff Justice, who will serve as council president for the remainder of 2023.
• Village Administrator Adam Beneke reminded residents the village is contracted with Rumpke Waste and Recycling, and should use only Rumpke waste disposal units. Beneke stressed that cans bought at retail stores are not within the contract, and Rumpke therefore is not required to service them.
• Council read and adopted the third reading of an amendment to section 1040.01 of the codified ordinances, an ordinance which provides for water system services. The vote was unanimous.
• Council held the second reading to an amendment to section 1044.01 regarding sewer rates. Council voted to waive the third reading, and therefore moved to adopt the amendment. All votes were in favor, excluding that of councilman Zach Shafer. The amendment was adopted.
• Council tabled several ordinances until its next scheduled meeting, Feb. 13.
West Alexandria Village Council meetings are public meetings held on the third Monday each month, at 7 p.m., at 8 Marty Lane in the EMS building.
Reach Nathan Hoskins at 937-683-4057