W’town votes raise for mayor

WILLIAMSTOWN – An ordinance to increase the salary of the mayor passed a second reading Tuesday night.

In a unanimous vote, council voted for an increase, which will double the mayor’s annual salary from $5,000 to $10,000. Councilwoman Barbara Lewis was absent.

City attorney C. Blaine Myers said the ordinance needs to be approved before July 1.

In May, Mayor Jean Ford was elected to her ninth term in office in a three-way race.

Councilman Marty Seufer said the park committee will meet June 11 at 7:30 p.m. with a representative of Landscape Structures.

Seufer said committee members were hoping to meet with him before the next council meeting on June 17, but June 11 was the only date he had open to meet with the committee.

Seufer said they will look at the city’s parks concerning the city’s options for the surfaces in the play areas.

In other items:

* Council reappointed Mary Lee Neal and Dan Rinard to the city’s planning commission.

* Ford said flowers in the city were planted by students from the Wood County Christian School as part of their Civic Day last week.

“They planted all the flowers we had in the city,” she said. “All of those in front of the city building, Tomlinson Park and Fenton Park; everywhere we plant flowers they planted all with the help of the public works department.”

* Council learned a lift pump had to be replaced Tuesday in the water plant. It stopped functioning Monday night and was replaced with a spare.

* Council members said they have not been updated on the sidewalk project. Ford said the representative they were working with left and that was part of the reason for the slowdown in the project.

* Councilman Ron Erb said the annual Celebration in the Park will be June 14 in Tomlinson Park. Set-up will begin on June 13 with a few events taking place. The celebration will open at noon June 14.