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Williamstown City Council swears in new member

Mayor Paul Jordan, left, swears in new council member Randy Dick at the Williamstown City Council meeting. (Photo by James Dobbs)

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown City Council met for the first regular session of the year Tuesday to swear in a new council member.

Council member Barbara Lewis was not present at Tuesday’s meeting. Council member Marty Seufer made a motion to accept the resignation of council member Lewis and fill her seat for the remainder of her term with Randy Dick, a Williamstown native.

Council approved the motion and Mayor Paul Jordan swore in council member Dick. He will fill the council position for the next three years.

“I’m a Williamstown guy, born and raised here, and I’m happy to do what I can for the future of the town,” said Dick after the council meeting.

He said he is excited to have a seat on council and looks forward to helping in any way he can.

Council member Marty Seufer discusses billboards at the Williamstown City Council meeting. (Photo by James Dobbs)

Council received three bids, two of which were denials, for auditors. The last bid, by Stuart Stickel, was $14,550 to audit the city of Williamstown for the next two fiscal years. This was tabled until the next meeting to review the rates of the previous auditor.

Council also discussed billboards. Council member Jim Stage said he would like to prohibit billboards from being within the city limits of Williamstown. Seufer made a motion to refer the issue to the planning commission. Council passed the motion and will wait for the planning commission to report it back to council.

Council passed the first reading of an ordinance to authorize Jordan to meet with the Wood County Board of Education and execute any documents to complete the transfer of the former Williamstown Elementary School at 418 Williams Ave. from the board to the council. The ordinance gives the council the power to repair or demolish the existing structure. The second reading will occur during the next council meeting.

Council approved a one-time pay increase to employees who have worked during the pandemic and have continued to work since. Full-time employees will receive a one-time payment of $1,000 and part time employees will receive a one-time payment of $500.

Paradynamix, an IT company that provides internet and phone support, made a small presentation to the board about IT services.

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