Mayor Jerry Mazur presented WERT Radio owner Chris Roberts with a Proclamation proclaiming December as WERT Radio Appreciation Month during Monday’s City Council meeting. Pictured is Roberts holding the Proclamation. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Mayor Jerry Mazur presented WERT Radio owner Chris Roberts with a Proclamation proclaiming December as WERT Radio Appreciation Month during Monday’s City Council meeting. Pictured is Roberts holding the Proclamation. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – City Council motioned to set a 1.5 percent increase for the next term for the City Auditor and Law Director positions while freezing the Mayor’s pay with a 0 percent increase over the next four-year term during Monday's City Council meeting. There was also discussion as to if the Mayor’s position could be cut to a part-time position in order to save money. Ultimately, the idea was rejected by Council for the time being.

Mayor Jerry Mazur noted that the City is contemplating putting a ballot issue on the November 2019 ballot to decide if the City should become a Charter City. He explained that the time that will be needed to get that issue on the ballot could not be done by a part-time Mayor.

Mazur also added that he felt the City is best represented by a full-time Mayor.

“When people come to this town, and they ask for the Mayor, they expect to talk to the Mayor; that has happened on many occasions,” said Mazur. “If they (City employees) have a call for the Mayor and they say, ‘He’s fishing today; call back tomorrow,’ they’re not coming [back]. It’s important that we have representation full-time, on the ground, in the City.”

City Auditor Martha Balyeat also noted that only 25 percent of the Mayor’s salary comes out of the General Fund and stated that cutting the position to part-time would not be a great cost savings to the City.

Mazur added that if the City became a Charter City the position may be cut to part-time because duties could be delegated through a Charter Commission.

In other business, Mazur presented Chris Roberts of WERT Radio with a Proclamation that proclaimed December 2018 as WERT Radio Appreciation Month.

“I’m really honored,” said Roberts. “The radio station is named after the city; it actually is the city.”

Also during the meeting, it was announced that City Council Clerk Tara Fox will be leaving. A job posting for the position is currently on Van Wert Works.

During his report, Safety-Service Director Jay Fleming noted that Van Wert Decatur Road will be closed until Friday while storm sewer and sanitary connections are made to the Landings at Dickinson Farms. Fleming also announced that next week will be the last week of leaf pickup.

Council asked for legislation to be presented with changed language to the building codes ordinance (18-08-053) which sets the requirements of building permits to be purchased for projects over $5,000. Also introduced was an updated nuisance violation code which prohibits grass clippings and leaves from being pushed into public ways.

During the Consent Agenda, a number of fund transfers were approved as well as a supplemental appropriation to funds. Council also read ordinance 18-10-057 which permits snow from being pushed into roadways and private property for a third and final time.

With no further business, Council adjourned. The next City Council meeting is set for Dec. 10, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.