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Sistersville Recorder Announces Resignation

By Staff | Feb 28, 2018

Sistersville City Recorder Chad Edwards announced his resignation during the Feb. 12 council meeting. Edwards has accepted a position as city manager in Gordon, Nebraska, and his resignation is effective for March 2. Edwards offered his appreciation to the City of Sistersville via his resignation letter.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the city for the opportunity to serve the community and for the wonderful experiences I have had while working for you. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the people of the city, the mayor, this council and my staff and co-workers. I will miss you all greatly and wish for positive things to come for Sistersville in the years ahead,” wrote Edwards.

“Chad and I have worked together day to day for almost three years. I can tell you he leaves this town not rich, but closer to the black than what we were three years ago,” Mayor Bill Rice remarked.

Council approved Edwards’ resignation with regret, followed by a round of applause for a job well done.

Mayor Rice reported on behalf of the water board. In regards to the water and sewer project, as soon as the audit is completed, the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, along with the auditor can start to examine water and sewer rates.

“They will start looking at what percentage of a rate increase we need to have – if we need to have one at all – or what we are going to work on there,” Rice said. Barb Vincent from the planning commission reported that $2,200 worth of paint has been purchased for pool renovations. She also reported the committee voted to make a donation of $1,000 toward the purchase of a security camera package for the park.

David Pancake, head of the parks and recreation committee, reported the security camera package is purchased and awaiting installation. The package includes six top-of-the-line cameras with 130 ft. zoom lenses, two recorders, a monitor, and signs.

“It’s something we had to do with the crime anymore,” Pancake said. He continued, “Every city and every town has the same stuff going on, and we are going to use this town as an example. It can be stopped.”

Pancake announced that the department is accepting applications for the pool staff. The deadline for submission is March 1. Pancake said a lot of the former lifeguards will be coming back for the 2018 season.

City Attorney Krista Fleegle said she is still working on the draft for the dilapidated properties ordinance. She advised council it would be beneficial for the city to enact the state building code, which would limit liability for the town.

Council member Alex King discussed an issue a resident is having with a sewer-storm drain located on the crossover of McCoy Heights and Route 2. Street Supervisor Russell Weekley agreed to accompany King to meet with the resident to address the issue.

In other business, council approved the second reading and adoption of the change in residency requirements for the park and pool board.

Council approved the 2018 Annual Sistersville High School Alumni Chapel committee to use the Willison Family Center Gym for May 25, as well as the city streets and clean-up for the annual parade on May 26.

Council member Charles Heinlein recommended adding a section on the agenda for future agenda topics to be discussed at the next meeting.

Mayor Rice ended the meeting, informing council that the state is requiring the water plant to hire a class II water plant operator.

The next meeting is March 12 at the city building.