Mazzi thanks Council, police for visibility
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Big Walnut Local School District Superintendent Steve Mazzi attended last Wednesday evening’s Sunbury Village Council meeting to thank council members and the Sunbury Police Department for added police visibility during the days following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
“We were all shocked and saddened by the events of last Friday in Connecticut, but we want everyone to know what a great community this is,” Mazzi said to council members. “Three phone calls – to Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield, to Sunbury Police Chief Pat Bennett and to Delaware County Sheriff Russ Martin – brought a level of collaboration in a time of need that is part of what makes this community so special.” (See story, Page 2)
Sunbury Police Department Lieutenant Tom Daniels, in chambers representing Chief Bennett, who was unable to attend the meeting, said it was the police department’s privilege to work with Big Walnut schools.
“At times like these we will do what it takes to make things like this happen,” Lieutenant Daniels said.
In other business, council members held a first reading of Resolution 2012–18, a resolution in support of the Big Walnut Watershed Balanced Growth Plan. The watershed plan is part of a Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission watershed planning partnership.
Council members held a second reading of Ordinance 2012–19 that, if approved, would establish a three-way stop intersection near the school bus stop where Mill Run Drive connects to Sunbury Meadows Drive.
Council members held a first reading of Ordinance 2012–20, an ordinance reducing the interest charges on unpaid village income taxes from 24 percent to 8 percent.
Under terms of the new ordinance, if approved, the interest amount on unpaid income tax will be 8 percent per year, plus a 15 percent penalty of the amount of the unpaid tax.
Village solicitor David Brehm said when the ordinance becomes effective — after three readings, an up or down vote, plus a 30-day statutory waiting period — interest on all overdue accounts would begin accruing at the new rate. The ordinance does not have retroactive language, Brehm said. Interest accrued at the 24 percent rate has been earned at that rate and will remain due.
Council members held a first reading of Ordinance 2012–22, a renewal of the four-year agreement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife for provision of a fisheries management program at the village’s two up-ground reservoirs.
Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield said the village has been in an agreement with the ODNR to manage the reservoirs.
“Our agreement with them expired,” Hatfield said. “The renewal agreement had more than four years on it. We told them we liked four years.”
In closing the final village council meeting of 2012, Hatfield said his first year as Sunbury’s mayor had been a whirlwind experience.
“I’ve apologized to (former Sunbury Mayor) Len Weatherby at least three times,” Hatfield said. “I continue to learn and appreciate your support.”
There will be no committee meetings preceding the 7:30 p.m. council meeting on Wednesday, January 2. Council members will hold their annual reorganization session during the regular council meeting.
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Sunbury Village Council meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m., third floor council chambers, Sunbury Town Hall. Council committees meet one hour before regularly scheduled council sessions. All village council and council committee meetings are open to the public.