LaFayette conducts brief board meeting

By John A. Ballentine
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The LaFayette village board of trustees held the monthly board meeting on October 19, which was originally scheduled for October 3. A light agenda and tabled action made for a shortened session.

A review of September’s board meeting took place to inform those trustees who were absent last month of what action was accomplished.

The water billing cards were discussed prior to Village Treasurer Lorrie Woith ordering more cards. The decision made was to not have the blank cards reflect a future water rate increase for the next six months. At that time, the board could raise the water rate charge, if necessary.

Tabled were agenda items concerning an appropriation ordinance, a tax levy resolution and a tax levy ordinance. The reason given for the tabling of these three items was that the paperwork has not been received, as of yet.

Village liability insurance coverage was approved for Cody Wentz. Wentz has recently been hired as a part-time employee of the village. This changed his status from contractor to employee.

Treasurer Woith inquired of the trustees if the village should participate in the Christmas program once again this year. Last year a $125 donation for children’s gifts was allocated.

The board instructed Woith to purchase the gifts, if the Santa Claus-Christmas program occurred this year. A maximum limit of $200 was agreed upon for the possible donation to purchase gifts for the village’s children.

Finally, a closed session was held with Village Attorney David Cover who was in attendance to discuss the LaFayette versus Brown litigation.

The LaFayette and Browns’ ordinance violation legal case has reached the point of settlement negotiations. LaFayette lost the case at the Appellate Court level. Now, the Browns are seeking legal fee reimbursements and damages from LaFayette.

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