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Council hires secretary for mayor's office

November 22, 2012
Morning Journal News

LISBON - The mayor's office will have a new secretary for the first time in a long while.

Village Council voted at this week's meeting to hire Alisa Gostey of Lisbon to replace Cheryl Mills, who is retiring for good at the end of the year.

Mills has worked 42 years for the village, mostly as secretary to at least six mayors, and as zoning board clerk. She retired several years ago but was rehired on a part-time basis.

Mayor Dan Bing said he received more than 30 applications for the job and interviewed five candidates before recommending Gostey to replace Mills. She currently works on the clerical staff at the Salem Eye Care Center.

Gostey will work 30 hours a week and be paid $9.75 an hour.

In other action, council voted to establish a starting salary for new police Chief Mike Abraham, who was promoted earlier in the month to replace retiring Chief John "Buck" Higgins. Starting Jan. 1, Abraham will be paid $42,950, which represents 90 percent of Higgins' current salary.

Council also:

- Instructed Village Solicitor Virginia Barborak to prepare legislation that would repeal the law against Sunday alcohol sales by Lisbon restaurants. Barborak suggested they do this since it was brought to her attention that the Shale Tavern has a Sunday license but is prevented from using it because of the village law.

- Hired Melvin Bricker as a seasonal full-time street department employee for $9.50 an hour.

- Agreed to split with the Lisbon Chamber of Commerce the $240 cost of purchasing 15 sets of replacement lights for the lighted Christmas wreaths on display throughout the village. Street foreman Jim Oliver said this should be enough since they only replace about five to 10 lights per season. The chamber originally wanted council to go halves on the cost of purchasing 85 sets of replacement lights.

Oliver has the authority to spend up to $200 to replace Christmas lights on an as-needed basis that are part of other chamber holiday displays.

Council member Mary Ann Gray asked Barborak if she had begun work on a proposed ordinance requiring the village be notified when foreclosed property has been sold in Lisbon and identifying the owner. Other communities are doing this to keep track of foreclosed properties in case they fall into disrepair.

Barborak said she has yet to do so but will begin working on it. Gray said she would like to have the new law in place by January.



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