Council honors residents

WEST MILTON — At their meeting Tuesday night, the West Milton Council honored several residents.

Mayor Fred Francis thanked Reck and Krista Carpenter of the American Legion for making this year’s Hometown Heroes banners project a success.

“This year’s orders topped last year’s and we now have 80 banners along Miami Street recognizing the men and women both past and present who have served or are serving from our hometown,” Francis said.

Money raised by the sponsorship of a banner was donated to the Gifts for Yanks program, an organization dedicated to caring for military veterans. his year the banner program raised $500.

“I just wanted to thank the citizens of West Milton. $500 goes a long way for the Gifts for Yanks,” Reck said. “This community should hold their heads up proud.”

Municipal Manager Matt Kline pointed out that the city of Cape Coral, Fla., was inspired to start their own Hometown Heroes banner after a resident visited West Milton.

Council also recognized the winners of the Community Pride Awards. The award is meant to honor and encourage residents to keep their homes and their community beautiful.

The winners include: Tim and Touja Swartztrauber, Tom and Mary Casey, and John and Karen Offenbacher.

Council also heard the first reading of an ordinance amending the city’s job classifications and paygrades.

Kline noted that the fire department captain — a stipend position — was mistakenly left out of the ordinance. He made a motion to add that position, which council approved.

Mayor Francis explained that there are currently about 22 different pay scales for the village’s 21 employees.

“So we’re trying to streamline it and make it a little easier,” he explained.

Council heard from a resident about a problem with the city involving water issues. The resident contested a bill for city labor performed on her property. She alleged that she was wrongfully charged for employee overtime and for work that was not performed.

Councilman Anthony Miller, who lives across the street from the resident, said that he was present when some of the work was being performed.

“I don’t see where anything was falsified,” he said. Miller said that city employees are some of the hardest working people in the community.

Vice Mayor Jason Tinnerman said that he would be happy to look over the information provided to council by the resident.