FLUSHING - Attorney Edward Sustersic was congratulated "on his years of practice and dedication" to the village of Flushing after he submitted his resignation as the village's solicitor.
Those congratulations came from Council President Pro-Tem Corey Alexander.
Mayor Barbara Bashline told Sustersic that she hates to see him go.
The retiring solicitor referred to Flushing as a good community.
Sustersic also recently resigned as Bellaire's solicitor and as a member and legal adviser for the OR&W Fire District board. He had handled all the legal work for the fire district. during its formation.
An attorney for 43 years, Sustersic has a bachelor of business administration degree from Ohio University and a juris doctorate degree from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh.
Bashline requested that any attorney interested in becoming village solicitor contact her.
In other matters, the need for help in the police department and for village work were discussed.
Officer Don Collette said the police force needs help, adding that he has been trying to find an officer for eight months. Collette said the pay is a problem, and people have to drive out to Flushing.
Alexander suggested an advertisement be run with the pay listed as negotiable.
Collette also mentioned other matters related to the department, noting clean-up is needed behind the senior citizens' center, and there are junked, unlicensed cars on streets and in yards. He added these vehicles need to be removed, and Sustersic pointed out there is a provision in the Ohio Revised Code about unlicensed vehicles.
Also, the officer said many streetlights are out, and he asked council to make a list of them by the end of the month, and then he'll call American Electric Power about replacing them.
Noting a need for more help, Village Administrator Jody Vancuren asked the mayor to try to get some part-time help. Bashline asked council's view on hiring permanent part-time help, and a motion was approved to hire part-time help with the pay negotiable. Resumes are to be given to Bashline by the end of February.
Sandy Kidd, representing the Flushing Ruritan Club, said the club is hunting for a project.
Mentioned as a possible project was a temperature sign for outside the municipal building. This possibility also had been discussed a couple of years ago but the village didn't have the funds at that time to purchase such a sign, according to the discussion.
Kidd said if there was an attempt to purchase a sign, the Ruritans would like to help and maybe get help from other organizations.
Alexander gave her some information received previously about a temperature sign. A small sign would cost around $12,000 and would include the words, "Flushing, Ohio" across the top with space at the bottom for information such as boil orders and council meeting times.
Up to 120 messages could be programmed onto the sign, which would have two poles on it and reportedly could stand up to 130 mph winds. Kidd said she would give the information to the Ruritans.
Fred Kidd, another Ruritan member, asked about downtown beautification projects. Four possible projects were discussed, including the village's three flagpoles as all being in need of refurbishing and new flags. Also mentioned were the needs for getting the streets and sidewalks updated and swept as well as the problem of garbage cans with lids, resulting in problems with crows and raccoons.
He also talked about possible apparatus for flower baskets on downtown poles.
Zack McGaffick, a member of Boy Scout Troop 23, East Richland, told of plans to work on a project so he could become and Eagle Scout.
He sought council's approval for his proposed project of making wooden trash cans, which would have heavy wooden lids. McGaffick said he would like to start possibly with two cans and maybe four and possibly eventually, six.
Council gave its approval for the cans which would cost around $150-$200. Approval also is needed from the troop, which would raise money for the project.
Vancuren reported village equipment appears to be in good shape, and John Dutton on Dutton Road had added 1,200 feet onto his waterline. Also, he reported an old water plant building once had six heaters, and only one is working now and doesn't sound that good. If it is no longer operable, there will be no heat there.
The administrator also had a quotation for tearing down the old water tower.
Four tons of salt were used during 11 days of snow removal, and Vancuren added the village is in good shape regarding salt.
Clerk-Treasurer Jeryl McGaffick reported the end-of-the-year balance sheet has been completed, and village finances are in good shape now. Council approved a resolution concerning the finance report.