Chesapeake seeks input on vacancy: Lawless hired as fiscal officer

Published 8:04 am Wednesday, March 4, 2020

CHESAPEAKE — The village of Chesapeake is seeking input from the public on filling a vacancy.

Council member Bill Duncan died last month and the decision to choose a replacement to the body falls to council.

Council member Danny Burd asked that anyone from the public interested in serving on the council submit their name, address and biographical information to village hall.

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Applicants must live within village limits.

Mayor Kim Oldaker and council members agreed with Burd’s request.

The council also voted at Monday’s meeting to hire Teresa Lawless as village fiscal officer on a 120-day trial. The previous fiscal officer, Christine Nichols, resigned in January.

In other business, the council:

• Voted to purchase two new police cruisers.

• Heard from Jeremy Kelley, who asked for permission to hold a Little League parade at 9 a.m. on April 4. The route would go from Chesapeake Elementary School to Big Branch Road. The council approved the request, as well as a police escort.

• Heard from Oldaker, who said she had spoken with the Lawrence County Auditor’s Office regarding the budget the village submitted last week. The fiscal officer of the village had not filed the budget in January, which led to a two-day layoff of police and village employees last week, she said.

Oldaker said she was told “everything looks fine and we can move forward.”

• Heard from the Chesapeake-Union Volunteer Fire Department, who requested to change their billing company for insurance. The matter was tabled until the next meeting.

• Voted to purchase fuel cards for police and village employees. Oldaker said the saving on taxes to the village would amount to $1,800 a year.

• Voted to raise court costs for the village from $90 to $110, matching those of Lawrence County Municipal Court.

• Voted to raise the vendor permit fee for the village from $10 to $100 a year.

• Met in a 1 ½-hour executive session on personnel matters with Oldaker and police chief Randy Thompson. No action was taken.