Council Approves Temp Post

ST. MARYS — A familiar face will be helping oversee a million dollar project in the city of St. Marys.

During Monday night’s meeting, St. Marys City Councilors approved the first reading of an emergency resolution creating the temporary position of resident project representative for the southwest pump state project. The position, with a salary of $25 per hour, will be filled by Stan Davis.

“Mr. Dave Sprague, of our water and wastewater department, requested that we have a resident inspector on site and Stanley Davis, as you all know, inspected our sewer plant as it was put in,” Interim Safety-Service Director Craig Moeller said.

“Due to the nature and size of the project, he feels this is the best route, and I feel this, too, ... Stan’s got high qualification.”

Councilors also unanimously approved a motion to allow right turns on red from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. at the intersection of Defiance Road and Indiana Avenue, near the Auglaize County Council on Aging.

During a traffic committee meeting last week, committee members voted to forward the recommendation to councilors. Moeller said the sign will be changed to reflect the motion.

“That can always be re-evaluated, too,” Moeller said. “If we see it’s not working correctly, that can always be re-evaluated.”

In other business, councilors:

• Approved, under suspension of rules, an emergency ordinance levying special assessments related to the 2011 street program.

• Approved, under suspension of rules, an emergency resolution eliminating the training wage for auxiliary firefighters. City Law Director Kraig Noble said the measure was necessary for the city to comply with the recent hike in the state minimum wage.

• Heard from St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce Director Kelly Kill requesting the sale of beer and food, via vendors, in K.C. Geiger Park during SummerFest. Last year, for the first time, city councilors authorized beer sales at the park for the softball tournaments.

• Set a parks and playground committee meeting for 5:15 p.m. Monday and an electric/communication committee meeting for 5:30 p.m. Monday.

The next meeting of the St. Marys City Council is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the city building located along East Spring Street.