No action taken on council vacancy

Published 12:26 pm Friday, August 12, 2016

Council seat will be filled at September meeting


CHESAPEAKE — A vacancy remains on Chesapeake’s village council, following an extended meeting on Thursday.

Mayor Tommy Templeton said he wants to interview everyone interested in the job before making a decision to fill the seat vacated by Alex Hackney, after he resigned at the July meeting of council.

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The council had 30 days to fill the position, but, as no candidate received a majority of votes at last Tuesday’s regular meeting, the responsibility went to Templeton.

The mayor, who was unable to attend last week’s meeting, said that more people have expressed interest in the job in the past week.

“Another guy threw his name into the ring this week,” he said.

Templeton said the decision would be made at the next regular meeting of council, set for 7 p.m. Sept. 5.

In other business, the council voted 4-0 to abandon a section of Park Drive, which has been closed due to slips and deteriorations.

The ordinance stated that the section of roadway is not useful to vehicles and the council and the slip had been damaging the property of resident Jack Thornton, who the section of roadway will be turned over to.

The council also agreed to arrange a talk with the village solicitor on the issue of medical marijuana, which has been legalized in Ohio. The members are seeking input on the regulation of potential dispensaries that could open in the village as a result of the change.