Quincy Council swears in new mayor

Staff report

QUINCY — The Village of Quincy Council met for its second regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19, during which John Hickman, president of the council, swore in Brian Carpenter as the new mayor of Quincy. Carpenter’s term begins Jan. 1, 2018.

The council took a moment to thank outgoing mayor, Dan Robinson, for his more than 14 years of service as mayor.

Council noted the many projects Robinson was involved in while serving the community, including his instrumental role in helping the village apply for and receive a $500,000 Neighborhood Revitalization Grant, as well as helping apply for a $300,000 grant to replace a water line on Jefferson Street, for which the village is still awaiting a decision.

The council wished him well and shared hopes to see him at future meetings. Robinson lost the November 2017 election by a narrow margin, but plans to continue being a part of the community in which he has lived his entire life.

In other news, the council was informed that the Hi-Point See Saws would like to use the Quincy Community Building once a month throughout the upcoming year at a cost of $80 per month. This is a guaranteed rental for 2018.

Information was reviewed regarding legal service in the village of Quincy. The current solicitor, Steve Fansler, serves three villages and requested the village Council review his pay scale prior to his commitment agreement to provide service in the coming for a two-year period.

Fansler currently receives $500 per month from the village of Quincy. This covers attending one council meeting per month plus the outside work done in his office prior to these meetings.

The council reviewed several items regarding this issue and determined that $625 would be appropriate for this service, as $600 is the going rate for much less experienced service in Logan County.

Fansler has served the village of Quincy since 2008.

Ken Arbogast was present at the meeting to discuss the possibility of building several additional triplex apartment buildings in the village. He expressed concern over building agreements with Logan County with regard to inspection and the cost of licensed electricians to put electricity in these buildings.

The council decided more information will be needed to answer questions regarding this matter.

Council also discussed the installation of water lines and shut offs for future buildings. This will increase water service by three users per unit.

The council was informed of a public hearing regarding an increase in food license fees by the Logan County Health Department. This meeting will provide the formula used to determine the increase.

The village of Quincy is involved due to a temporary food service license at the Finfrock Park Concession Stand.

Also discussed was the approval of a two-year depository agreement for Civista Bank to provide depository service for the village.

A property on Canby Street was discussed due to excessive litter on the property. Action will be taken to solve the matter.

The results of a personnel/finance meeting was presented to council with a suggestion of a 3 percent pay increase for the village administrator.

Council thanked Administrator Kirk Helmandollar for his service and all that he has done for the village throughout his years of service.

Council went into executive session to discuss personnel issues with no action taken.

Helmandollar thanked Lee Eaton and Bill Weiskittle for volunteering to help with the pouring of cement to place a new generator at the Quincy-Miami Township Fire and Rescue building.

The previous generator had not been working for several months and due to repair costs needed to be replaced.

Robinson thanked the community and council, praising them for doing a great job of keeping the village operating. He then adjourned the meeting for the final time.

Staff report