1/6/2017 4:18:00 PM Coalton welcomes new maintenance supervisor, new council president
Duane Boswell (pictured) has been employed as the new maintenance supervisor for the Village of Coalton and he is replacing Fred Zupp, who resigned to accept another job. Boswell was introduced at the Jan. 3 meeting of Coalton Village Council. (Telegram Photo By Pete Wilson)
Coalton Village Council started the new year by welcoming a new maintenance supervisor and also by electing a new council president.
At its first meeting of 2017 on Tuesday night, Jan. 3, Mayor Kim Milliken introduced Duane Boswell as the village's new maintenance supervisor. He replaces Fred Zupp, who recently resigned after three years of service to the village in order to accept another job.
Boswell began his duties with the village the previous Thursday and worked with Zupp for several days. He says he has past experience doing masonry and block work. As maintenance supervisor, Boswell will perform and oversee such work as trash collection, water department turn-ons and shutoffs, the reading of water meters, and mowing.
"I will try to do the best I can for you," Boswell told village leaders at the council meeting.
Village Administrator Tom Woltz advised village officials it will take a while for Boswell to learn all the ropes. "I do not expect Duane to hit the ground running. There will be a learning curve."
Zupp also came to offer his official farewells and to be recognized for his service to the village.
"I accept your resignation with regret," Mayor Milliken told Zupp. "It's been a good three years." Council and other village representatives present responded with a round of applause.
Zupp was also appreciative of his opportunity to work for the village, but said he was given a job offer he could not refuse.
"This is a great place to work," Zupp said. "I've made a lot of friends here and I feel like Coalton is part of my family."
In organizational business, council unanimously elected Linda Snow to serve as the council president in 2017. She will replace Jim Milliken who served in this leadership position in 2016. Council also reappointed attorney Shannon Weber to serve as solicitor this year.
In addition to Snow and Milliken, others serving on Coalton Council are Donna Brisker, Michael Whaley, James Barnes and John Rowley. However, Mayor Milliken noted Rowley has missed four meetings and council then voted unanimously to seek his resignation.
As for council committee assignments for 2017, Mayor Milliken asked councilmen for their preferences and said she would leave assignments the same for now and have formal assignments ready by the next meeting, which is set for Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Council also took the first readings of ordinances establishing the annual appropriations and estimated revenues for 2016. Fiscal Officer Dawn Coleman stated that both were "better than expected."
Coalton Council also dealt with the following topics at its Jan. 3 meeting:
-- By a 3-1 vote, council passed a motion approving Mayor Milliken's request that two village employees be paid for holiday-related time off they were granted on Friday, Dec. 30, in conjunction with New Year's Day. She explained she gave employees half a day off that day thinking it in line with state government practice. She realized later it was not a holiday period for most governments, but did not want to penalize the employees for not working. Councilman Jim Milliken voted no and told The Telegram after the meeting that he felt the half-day period should not be treated as a holiday situation.
-- Court Clerk Shirley Rowland reported monthly and annual receipts from the court. Annual receipts for 2016 were $23,014 with $18,636 on that amount going to the village's General Fund.
-- Mayor Milliken wished to make it clear to the public that since the village is now offering water leak insurance, there will be no more water/sewer bill adjustments granted due to leaks. The cost for the insurance is $5 per month per customer.
-- Coalton Fire Chief Chris Brown reported that the Jackson Township trustees had agreed to a new 3-year fire protection contract which calls for a 5 percent increase.
-- Council Clerk Annetta Lewis and Mayor Milliken reported they are working on a social media policy for the village.
-- Residents Butch Anderson and Matt McCarthy both pointed out local properties which they felt were need of cleanup work. Mayor Milliken instructed them to share information after the meeting with Solicitor Weber, who commented that it was important to get "something in writing" about such complaints so action can be taken.