RACINE — At their first meeting of the new year, Racine Village Council administered the oath of office to both Jeff Morris and Chad Hubbard, who were elected in November.
Hubbard is a returning council member and was again elected to serve as council president. Council also approved Doug Little as village solicitor and said that the village’s various committees would be appointed as needed. Councilmen Tim Hill and Bob Beegle were also elected to the Firemen’s Dependency Board, with two firemen to be elected and the four to appoint a fifth member.
A representative of Ohio Plan through Kinder Insurance discussed with council fire and liability insurance coverage for the village. This year’s premium is $22,981, which is down several hundred dollars from last year, according to council, who approved the payment. Racine has been a member of the Ohio Plan through Kinder Insurance for 27 years.
Members also adopted a temporary appropriations ordinance totaling $59,000 to cover current bills. Clerk Treasurer David Spencer asked to be authorized to submit the information to the county budget commission for action so that a permanent appropriations ordinance can be approved.
Council authorized the clerk treasurer to make financial arrangements for repair of the drain at 3rd and Vine streets. Rose Evacuation has been chosen to do the work. Village Administrator John Holman reported that the drain will be upgraded from a 12-inch drain to a 15-inch drain. He said this should help eliminate flooding on 4th Street by Star Mill Park.
Hill also reported that Norman Roush made a $500 donation from the Roush family to be applied to the proposed new entrance signs that will be placed at the three main entrances to the village. He also discussed upcoming appointments of fire chief and fire marshal.
Attending were Mayor Scott Hill, Clerk Treasurer David Spencer, Village Administrator and Water Office Clerk Janet Kridder, along with council members. Council is set to meet again at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18.
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