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Peninsula Council honors resident

2/16/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Ralph Rinehart Jr. received Peninsula Village’s Lifetime Service Award at the Feb. 13 Council meeting for his “exceptional contributions to the community.”

Rinehart served on the Woodridge Local Schools Board of Education, as Peninsula road commissioner and in the Navy Reserve.

Council also praised him for his willingness to help Council and members of the community, including after the flood of 2011.

In other news, Mayor Doug Mayer announced that Administrative Assistant Elizabeth Workman resigned. A long discussion ensued about hiring her replacement.

The village has received interest from prospective replacements. Council instructed Fiscal Officer John Stiegel to contact the applicants with clarification that the job would cover 29 hours per week at a pay rate of $15 per hour.

Council decided on this pay structure instead of making the job a full-time position. Council also agreed to modify the job description to include that the administrative assistant would report to both the mayor and the fiscal officer.

In other news:

  • Mayer said Officer Priscilla Allaman retired from the police department Jan. 31. A party in her honor will take place at Winking Lizard Feb. 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. The party will include a cash bar and a $5 charge for “finger food,” the mayor said.
    Allaman will continue to serve Peninsula in a volunteer capacity as hearing examiner for the Parking Violations Bureau, as Council approved her appointment.
    Mayer also reported that Timothy Aleese joined the police department and Ryan Kellackey has moved on to a full-time position in the Richfield Police Department.
  • Council approved the purchase of a new police car at a cost of $25,282. The village will trade in a 2014 police car, which has 93,000 miles on it.
  • Road Supervisor Alan Halko talked about the recent pipe failure that caused water to flow into the area around Fisher’s Café & Pub on Main Street. The state will pay for the labor, while the village will pay for the materials, he said.
    “It was a lake,” Mayer said. “If it was cold out, it would have been a disaster.”
  • Council approved the expense of up to $48,000 for chip-and-seal repair work on Bronson and Ridgeway avenues, and Church, Emerson, Orchard, South Canal and North Locust streets.
    Halko said Stine Road was in the worst shape, but it is not on the list because “if you add all of those streets together, you would maybe get the amount it would take to do Stine Road.”
  • Council approved the appointment of Charlie Moyer to an open seat on the Board of Zoning Appeals.
  • Councilman Dan Schneider said anyone interested in cemetery mowing work should contact the village.
  • Council renewed the contract of Solicitor Brad Bryan for another year, beginning April 1.
  • Resident Bob Hrovat asked Council if it will reinstall the camera in its meeting room.
    “We voted to take it out,” Schneider replied.

Council rescheduled the budget review meeting that was canceled Jan. 18. It will take place on March 2 at 7 p.m. The next regular Council meeting is scheduled for March 13 at Village Hall, located at 1582 Main St.

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