Bill Priest is hired as village administrator in East Canton

By DONNA ROBINSON The Press-News Published:

EAST CANTON -- At the regular meeting on Monday night, council approved the hiring of Bill Priest as the village administrator.

Priest will replace John Shirley who is retiring at the end of the year. Priest, who has 23 years of experience in similar work and who is a resident of the village, will be hired on a 90-day probationary period

 A handbook for the village administrator will be given to Priest. He has his CDL license but will need to get a water operation license.  His date to start and medical coverage options will be set up as soon as possible, council said.

In police matters, council heard the state may make changes in the way smaller towns handle mayor's court. East Canton Mayor Kathleen Almasy conducts traffic court cases at village hall at this time, but new state laws may do away with mayors conducting court in towns that are less then 100,000 in population.  

Without mayors court, the police officers would have to go to the Stark County House in Canton to collect fines. Council said this would cut down on the time the officers use to do their jobs in the village and would cost more in wages. Council will hear more about the change.

In other business, council:

• HEARD mayor Almasy say she will seek a refund for overpayment of a software service contract fee of $315 that has been paid yearly for five years, but has not been used;

• HEARD the leaf collection dumpster also has been removed;

• APPROVED an ordinance requesting a reduced amended certificate of estimated resources and to amend the annual appropriation ordinance of the village for the current fiscal year ending Dec. 31;

• HEARD the mayors report as follows: fines-$1,305; local cost-$702; state cost- $1,038 for a total of $3,045;

• PAID invoices of $25.661.21 and payroll of $10,468.61;

• CONVENED into an executive session called by council member Nick Collins to discuss contractual matters.

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