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RACINE — Members of Racine Village Council took the first steps toward the establishment of a village administrator position during last week’s regular meeting.

The first reading of an ordinance establishing the position was approved by a unanimous vote.

The ordinance requires three reading before it would go into effect.

While council has not created a formal job description for the position, Ohio Revised Code outlines some of the duties of the appointed position.

Ohio Revised Code states,

The village administrator appointed under section 735.271 of the Revised Code shall manage, conduct, and control the water works, electric light plants, artificial or natural gas plants, or other similar public utilities, furnish supplies of water, electricity, or gas, and collect all water, electric, and gas rents.

The village administrator may make such bylaws and regulations as it deems necessary for the safe, economical, and efficient management and protection of such works, plants, and public utilities. Such bylaws and regulations, when not repugnant to municipal ordinances and resolutions or to the constitution of this state, shall have the same validity as ordinances.

The rates for service and charges for municipally owned utilities shall be determined by the legislative authority of the village.

The village administrator shall have the same powers and perform the same duties as are provided in sections 743.05 to 743.07, inclusive, 743.10, 743.11, 743.18, and 743.24 of the Revised Code, and all powers and duties relating to water works in any of such sections shall extend to and include electric light, power, and gas plants, and other similar public utilities.

The village administrator shall supervise the improvement and repair of streets, avenues, alleys, lands, lanes, squares, landings, market houses, bridges, viaducts, sidewalks, sewers, drains, ditches, culverts, ship channels, streams, and water courses as well as the lighting, sprinkling, and cleaning of all streets, alleys, and public buildings and places.

The village administrator shall appoint officers, employees, agents, clerks, and assistants, provided such positions are first authorized by the legislative authority of the village; but such appointments shall be subject to approval by the mayor. Such appointments and the mayor’s approval thereof shall be in writing, and shall be filed with the village clerk.

The village administrator shall be under the general supervision and control of the mayor, and shall have such other powers and duties as are prescribed by ordinance or by law and which are not inconsistent herewith. The village administrator shall perform all duties and shall have all powers of boards of public affairs and street commissioners as prescribed by law, except as otherwise provided by this section and in sections 735.271 and 735.272 of the Revised Code.

The second reading of the ordinance is expected at the Nov. 4 council meeting.

Council also discussed potential changes to the employee handbook, mainly with regard to vacation and sick leave policies. No formal decision was made and a vote was not taken on the matter.

Council member Tim Hill was not present at the meeting. Other members of council, along with clerk/treasurer David Spencer, Mayor Scott Hill and Marshal Kevin Dugan were in attendance.

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