Cadiz council member opts to step down

CADIZ In a surprise announcement to village council Wednesday, member Michael McPeak announced he would be stepping down from the council effective July 25.

Curtis W. Crawshaw, president of council and acting mayor at the meeting, stated that he was shocked and saddened by the news that McPeak, whose term expires in 2015 was leaving.

Crawshaw said that as chairman of the Youth & Recreation and Safety committees McPeak had been a valuable asset to the community.

McPeak, who also served on the Cemetery, Finance and Employee Relations committees, told council that he made the difficult decision due to a work conflict that forced him to take too much time away from his family to exercise the duties of being a councilman.

McPeak stated that as of this week he had not made any decision as to his seat on the park board for Sally Buffalo. The councilman thanked the public for its support during his time serving the village of Cadiz.

The village will be accepting applications for appointment to the vacant seat.

Rich Milleson gave the council an update on the CIC activities and brought along two guests. Chris Connelly, attorney for Vory’s, updated council on the management of TIF’s (tax increment financing). Two zones had been established last fall.

Connelly recommended meeting with the county auditor to take the next step in the process and anticipated recouping funds from the TIFs at the Industrial Park and on the north-end section of town.

Milleson also introduced Donald Nims of Bergman and Associates, an engineering firm that conducts traffic studies.

Crawshaw agreed that the village was starting to see an increase in traffic and stated that council needed to consider a corridor study to determine what projects will needed in the future to maintain traffic flow through the village and insure the safety of citizens on village roads.

Nims estimated a corridor survey to collect data and track traffic movement through the village would cost some $50,000.

In other business: Council approved hiring three temporary employees for Sally Buffalo Park, Anthony Hodge, Gary Bethel and Kade Richards.

Announced that parking violations were 50 percent of the total from the last meeting dropping to 195 issued. The village also handed out 44 citations and recorded 7 motor vehicle accidents.

Discussed the improper sidewalk construction across from the high school and directed the City Solicitor to prepare a letter of notification for the property owner to remedy the code violations.

Third reading of an ordinance authorizing the purchase of two police vehicles from Statewide Ford Lincoln.

The planning committee will discuss the rezoning of the back half of 165 E Market St. which was incorrectly approved for business use while being zoned as residential/

Announced that there would be a public hearing on July 11 at 6:30 pm piro to the next scheduled council meeting for rezoning of the lot at 419 Lincoln Ave. The council meeting was moved due to a conflict with the July 4 holiday.

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