Flushing finances improved in 2008

FLUSHING officials received some good news in regard to finances as 2008 was ending.

Clerk-Treasurer Jeryl McGaffick reported at village council’s December meeting about finances for 2008. She then compared the 2008 finances with the figures from 2003 and commented, “We’re in a better situation now than we were in 2003. We came a long way.”

Reporting on the audit, she said all adjustments have been completed. One involved a $7,000 correction from sewer capital to water capital.

McGaffick reported on temporary appropriations for 2008, adding permanent appropriations will be in February.

In other matters, council took action on ordinances pertaining to sick leave and vacation time for village employees as well as about resurfacing work.

The ordinance on vacation time for full-time employees provides those having up to 10 years of service will have two weeks of vacation, but it is necessary to work a full year before a full-time employee is eligible for vacation.

Sick leave for full-time employees, according to the new ordinance, is five days a year.

Mayor Barbara Bashline read a proposed ordinance pertaining to the Ohio Department of Transportation. The ordinance, which was approved under suspension of rules, gives the village’s consent for resurfacing of certain areas through town.

After a discussion on health insurance, council OK’d a motion to obtain health insurance for village employees from Steele Insurance, St. Clairsville. Jason Perkins represented the insurance firm at the meeting.

Also approved was a motion to purchase a new printer for the clerk-treasurer. Water bills are among the uses for the printer.

Bashline mentioned the need for a new meeting early in the new year to talk with Solicitor Ed Sustersic about an easement in regard to Stratton Lane. Plans are to set a date for that session during village council’s next regular meeting, which is slated Jan. 8.

The mayor read a letter from the Trinity Gospel Fellowship, thanking village officials and the police department for the police escort when a group from the fellowship rode on a wagon as they sang Christmas carols while traveling through the village.

A couple from Cole Street asked for a street sign designating that street and also requested a hidden drive sign and a stop sign. The matter was referred to Village Administrator Rusty Taylor.