During last Wednesday (June 4) evening’s Sunbury Village Council meeting, Council members approved a resolution extending Village Administrator Dave Martin’s contract, unchanged, for six months. Martin, who has served as the Village Administrator for seven years, then announced that he planned to retire at the end of the six-month contract extension.
Martin, who was in a severe motorcycle accident in November of 2012, said his ability to function has been challenged since returning to work after the accident.
“I’m going to help with the transition,” Martin said. “I’ve met with the mayor and we decided six months is appropriate. I’m truly grateful for all the support I’ve had from all of you people.”
Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield said when Martin took on the administrator’s position the Village needed someone who was, in Hatfield’s words, Mr. Community.
“When I think of what Dave has done for the Village; he’s brought a sense of community and respect to the job,” Hatfield said. “During difficult times Dave has always been there, trying to pull everybody together. His heart has always been about the community and Big Walnut schools. What he has done for this community is priceless and appreciated. I know he’s going to stay involved because he cares so much about this community.”
Hatfield said that because of the personnel nature of the decision there had been thoughts about discussing the matter in executive session.
“But this is something everyone needs to hear,” Hatfield added.
In other business, Council members approved the purchase of two police cruisers with cruiser packages installed from Statewide Ford Lincoln for $16,072 each.
Hatfield said the police department’s fleet of cruisers is aging.
“We didn’t buy a cruiser last year, we’ll get two this year and one next year,” Hatfield said. “We have the money. We looked at both lease and purchase programs, and the lease with interest would cost more. We need to get to a place where we buy one cruiser a year.”
Hatfield said the purchase price includes a five-year extended warranty.
A Fairland Drive resident asked Council members to consider banning on-street parking on Fairland during winter months. He said all homes along the street have two-car garages and four car driveways; on-street parking is not needed, and interferes with snow removal, creating hazardous conditions for school children.
“There’s no reason to park on the street; these roads need to stay clear,” he said. “Because of piling up snow, an accident involving a school child would be bad for the schools and it would be a heartbreak for families, and we don’t want that.”
Hatfield said he would talk to the neighborhood’s homeowners association to determine if there’s a consensus about banning on street parking in the neighborhood.
Council member Dave Miller said snow emergency parking regulations should be addressed for not only Fairland, but also for other streets in the Village.
Miller also said folks using Sunbury Town Hall should sign a liability release document, and be responsible for cleanup fees.
Village Solicitor David Brehm said anyone using town hall should sign a liability waiver form for multiple reasons.
Council members approved a motion to increase the Village contribution to the Fourth of July fireworks from $1,000 to $1,500; and approved purchasing new backup batteries for key traffic signals in the village.
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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.