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New Lakemore Councilwoman a familiar face

3/20/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Former Councilwoman Tammie Coontz was appointed to Lakemore Village Council during the March 17 meeting to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Tom Wolfe.
Photo: Pam Lifke
Lakemore Village Council’s newest member is a familiar face.

Resident Tammie Coontz, a former Council president, was sworn in at Council’s March 17 meeting, filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Tom Wolfe, who was just two months into his current term when he resigned.

Council President Laura Cochran said Coontz was one of two residents who submitted letters of interest for the vacant seat. Both candidates were interviewed before Coontz was selected, Cochran said. Coontz will serve out Wolfe’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2017.

Coontz, who previously served on Council from 2005 to 2013, did not seek re-election to her seat this past November.

Also during the meeting, Mayor Rick Justice thanked residents for their cooperation in reading their own water meters. Justice said village workers usually tasked with reading meters were freed up to work on village roads. The village mailed letters to residents requesting they read their own meters and submit the readings to the village, Justice said.

Village residents soon will be able to register at www.nixle.com to receive notifications from the village for situations such as water line breaks, said Councilman Chad Lance. The village will be piggybacking the Springfield Police Department Nixle account, so residents should select Springfield Police when registering for the free service, Lance said. The search for a system to notify residents of water line breaks began when a resident experienced problems with a tankless hot water heater following an outage he didn’t know about.

In other business:

  • Cochran and Justice said construction at Springfield High School will make it impossible to start the community Memorial Day Parade from that spot this year. The revised parade route will start at the Lakemore Plaza Shopping Center and proceed north on Canton Road to Springfield Lake Drive and Main Street, ending at the former Edwin Shaw Rehab building on Sanitarium Road, Cochran said. Cochran also encouraged all veterans who would like to participate in the parade to call the village. She said all veterans, even nonresidents, are welcome.
  • Part-time fireman Joseph Dies was promoted to full-time, with the assistance of a two-year grant to cover his salary.
    Fire Chief Barry Saley said Dies would be eligible for full-time benefits after 90 days. The salary for Dies’ one-year probationary period is $35,000. After successfully completing the probationary period, his salary will go to $36,000 per year.
  • Council noted the Volunteer Auxiliary of Springfield Police’s spaghetti dinner and basket raffle will take place tomorrow, March 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Springfield High School. A $5 donation is requested for those ages 6 and older for the dinner (children 5 and younger can eat for free), and proceeds will be dedicated to replacing and refurbishing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in local schools, according to Linda Denton of the auxiliary.

Calendar items include:

√ Egg Hunt, April 19 at 1 p.m. at Waterworks Park on Sanitarium Road; and

√ Cleanup Week, April 21-25, with Community Cleanup Day set for April 26 at 9 a.m. beginning at Waterworks Park.

The next regular Council meeting will take place April 7 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, located at 1400 Main St.

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