Rural Heritage Quilt Show winners RULH Elementary first graders take on new technology 2017 DAR Charity Golf Scramble St. Michael students visit “Living Lands and Waters” RULH High School reaches out to those in need Lillian E Cowdrey Catherine A Houk Warriors win Jim Neu XC Invite Week 2 football roundup Broncos unbeaten at 4-0 Lady Broncos compete in Bob Schul XC Invite Ronnie L Day Nettie F Lightner Buildings demolished, Village waits to be paid Ohio Rural Heritage Festival celebrated Henry E Fields Anleah W Stamper Maxine M Garrett U.S. 68 reopens Drought ends for Lady Rockets G-Men rise to 3-1 with back-to-back victories Rockets cruise to 4-0 win over Jays Lady Broncos start off SBAAC American Division play with 3-2 win over Goshen Week one football roundup Preparation begins for Ripley River Village Christmas celebration 3rd Annual Job Fair sponsored by Open Arms*****Always helps Veterans and others Evelyn E Smith Peggy A Wiederhold Thomas P Neary Warriors kick off SHAC play Lady Broncos stand at 2-1 Late Devil goals lead to Lady Warrior loss David R Carrington Sr 2017 Ohio Rural Heritage Festival Ripley DAR contributes towards new village flags Rural Heritage Festival event schedule Betty G Schatzman Robert L McAfee Paul V Tolle Herbert D Smith Helen R Little Eugene M Press Lady Broncos out to defend league title SHAC holds volleyball preview Lady Warriors packed with experience, talent for 2017 fall soccer campaign Georgetown’s Sininger off to excellent start for 2017 golf season RULH BOE recognizes Dr. Naylor for years of service as superintendent RULH Superintendent invites public to district open house Bob Groh Memorial Show set for August 26 at Heritage Festival ‘Support Your Veterans’ Car & Bike Show Danny F Dickson Eva J Smith Michael R Stewart Sr Charles McRoberts III Marsha B Thigpen Michael L Chinn William A Coyne Jr Woman found dead in Ripley A girl’s life on the gridiron Rockets face G-Men in preseason scrimmage 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk draws a crowd William C Latham Over 20,000 pounds of trash picked up in and around Ohio River in Ripley Ripley Village Council approves water plans Steps at Rankin House closed Marilyn A Wren Larry E Carter Virginia L McQuitty Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Ripley officer receives commendation for quick action Bicentennial at Ripley First Presbyterian RULH welcomes new school principals Aberdeen’s Police Dept. continues to grow Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Rickey L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts

Fiscal officer hired

RIPLEY — The Village of Ripley’s long-time fiscal officer has taken up a new challenge.

Last Monday, July 13, Lesley Myers began her tenure as a deputy clerk at the Brown County Probate/Juvenile Court, leaving her full-time job with the village. Myers had been working with the village for the last 14 years, and had been the village’s fiscal officer since 2003.

“I needed a change and an opportunity came up and I took it,” Myers said. “I’m doing something a little different before I retire.”

Myers will remain with the village in a part-time role indefinitely, but at the Tuesday, July 14 Ripley Village Council meeting, council unanimously approved a motion to hire Heather Hauke to be the village’s new fiscal officer. Hauke was most recently the village’s office manager and utility supervisor.

She declined to comment for this story.

“I do think with her previous job experience and what she brought to us when we hired, she was the right choice for the job,” Councilman Charles Poole said. “One of the reasons we hired her for (the office manager position) was her experience in accounting. It was a natural fit to move her right up into that job (as fiscal officer).”

Earlier in the village council meeting, village Administrator Pete Renshaw updated council on a current Ohio Department of Transportation project that’s closed a lane at a time on U.S. Route 52 in town. ODOT is milling and then repaving U.S. 52 between U.S. 68 and Williams Street.

Renshaw said it was expected to be finished by July 16.

Renshaw also updated council on the latest regarding a potential streetscape project on U.S. 52, which would involve building new sidewalks, adding decorative lamps and placing utility poles underground.

ODOT already had put the project out to bid, but due to possible poor timing related to other construction companies already having full schedules, ODOT only received one bid, which was at a higher price than they would have hoped for. ODOT’s plan then was to re-bid the project this fall.

Unfortunately, Renshaw said, the price of the project is higher than ODOT and the village initially expected.

“(ODOT’s) new projections for cost was higher than they were,” Renshaw said. “They think we have to come up with another $38,000, and that’s not including the design fees that would have to be incurred because the plans would have to be re-done enough so that it could be re-bid again.”

Renshaw didn’t specify how much the project would cost overall, but he mentioned at the meeting that the final price could be “nearly $1 million.” He also added that considering sidewalks were redone on U.S. 52 not that long ago, it may not make sense to rebuild them again.

Council engaged in a robust discussion, and while all of the council members and Mayor Tom Leonard agreed that it was probably a project the village couldn’t afford, council did not take any action on the streetscape project.

Renshaw said the village would be able to receive more than $140,000 in funds already spent to ODOT if they pull out of the project.

Renshaw relayed to council that village engineer Jeff Stine had submitted a letter of resignation, effective Aug. 28, citing a desire to spend more time with his grandchildren.

The village will still be able to use Robert Stine Group for building inspections.

“The only difference is nobody there does flood plain administration, and from people I’ve been able to reach out to, there’s very few people doing this,” Renshaw said.

Renshaw told council he planned on pursuing his certification to be able to provide flood plain administration. Renshaw said Stine will continue working on the projects he’s made commitments to and that he would help provide flood plain administration in the interim.

Toward the end of the meeting, council approved an intra-fund transfer in the sewer fund for $35,000 of capital outlay funds.

Councilman Daniel Dragoo was not in attendance. All other members of council were in attendance, and it was the first meeting for Thomas Mayes since being hired as village solicitor.

Lesley Myers, left, passed on her fiscal officer position at the Village of Ripley to Heather Hauke, right, who was appointed to take over on July 14.
http://ripleybee.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_MyersHauke1-DanielKarell-.jpgLesley Myers, left, passed on her fiscal officer position at the Village of Ripley to Heather Hauke, right, who was appointed to take over on July 14.
Ripley hires new fiscal officer

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

Reach Daniel Karell at 937-378-6161. Follow him on Twitter @GNDKarell

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© Copyright The Ripley Bee