New Carlisle City Council met in regular session on Monday evening. Council noted the absence of former Mayor Lowell McGlothin for the first time ever.

City Manager Randy Bridge told council that the final Twin Creeks lot did not sell at Sheriff Sale and will become the property of the city. Bridge is meeting with Ray Bunn and Mumma Realty later this week to discuss the cost of appraising the parcels. He noted that the city will be selling the lots under the guidance of Ohio Revised Code 5722. When asked about a single buyer for all of the parcels, Bridge noted that a “bulk purchase” would not be possible as the lots must sell at the “fair market value”. He will report to council regarding the appraisals and options at an upcoming meeting.

Council set two dates for budget work sessions. They will meet on Thursday, February 4 and Monday, February 6 at 6:30 pm to discuss the budget prior to Bridge presenting the 2016 budget at the February 16 meeting. Council member Bill McIntyre asked Mr. Bridge about the plan to have a budget committee made up of some citizen members. Bridge stated that he will look into the history as whether or not a committee was ever formed for the city.

Bridge reported that the city will not be able to install a gas line to the cemetery as the cost of $23,000 would not be feasible for the city.

Council allowed Ordinance 16-03 to die on the floor due to incorrect information contained in the ordinance regarding pay increases for Howard Kitko and Colleen Harris. In the ordinance Kitko would have received $52,105.34 which reflected a 1.2 percent increase in wages. Harris was to receive $50,169.85 with a 3.4 percent raise. Ordinance 16-07 was given a first reading with corrected figures of $51,579.10 for Kitko and $49,728.17 for Harris. Following the second reading later this month, the salary increases would go into effect.

Council approved an emergency ordinance to acquire a new police cruiser at a cost of $27,500. The new vehicle is expected to enter service in March and will be used by the daytime officer. The used vehicle purchased from Moorefield Township will be used by the third shift officers.

Council member Rick Lowrey requested that Fire Chief Steve Trusty prepare an explanation of Battalion 52 for the second regular meeting of the month. Mr. Bridge is to coordinate the presentation with the chief who was not present at the meeting.

Council accepted the resignation of Ladonna Mangan, Acting Clerk of Council effective immediately. Mangan cited personal reasons for the resignation. Mangan began her service to the city in 1972.

The next meeting for city council will be held on Tuesday, February 16 at 7 p.m. due to President’s Day on Monday of that week. Council will meet in joint session with Bethel Township on Monday, February 39 beginning at 7 pm.

The annual Town Hall meeting will be held on Monday, March 21 with council meeting at 6:30 followed by the Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m.

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