Sands announces resignation from Roanoke council at Dec. 4 meeting

Eric Sands, vice president of the Roanoke Town Council, announced he would be resigning from the council, effective Dec. 31, during the Tuesday, Dec. 4, meeting of the council.

Those interested in filling Sands' seat are invited to send a letter of intent to Clerk/Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner at the town hall, 126 North Main St., PO Box 328, by 5 p.m. on Jan. 2, 2013. The replacement would serve out the remainder of Sands' term, which lasts until Dec. 31, 2014.

Phil Hibbert informed council that the Commercial Street project, which involved storm sewer and street improvements, came in $1,584 under budget. The High Street project, which extended the street to connect Roanoke to a cluster of businesses that were previously only accessible via U.S.-24, came in $3,091 over budget. Hibbert attributed the overage to necessary revisions to the project.

Utility Superintendent Paul Swain notified council that the bill to fix leaks in the roof of the town hall came out to $8,007. Kirchner determined that the bill could be paid using the general fund for repairs, cumulative capital improvement funds and CEDIT. A motion to pay the bill via these means passed unanimously.

Mark Wickersham, executive director of the Huntington County Economic Development Corporation (HCUED), spoke to council, which voted to renew its contract with HCUED by paying the $2,000 12-month service fee.

In other business:

Council unanimously passed Ordinance 2012-11, the salary ordinance for town employees in 2013, and Ordinance 2012-12, the salary ordinance for elected officials in 2013.

Council approved the Jackson and Union Township fire contracts for 2013.

Council authorized the Roanoke Park Board use of funds for the purchase of three metal picnic tables.
The first meeting of the council in 2013 will be on Wednesday, Jan. 2, instead of Tuesday, Jan 1.