UTICA — Some early-year business duties were on tap Monday evening when Utica Village Council met in council chambers. Taking the oath of office to serve a four-year term as council member was Mike Lewis, who was appointed late in the year to fill the remainder of John Davison’s term who resigned mid-year. Lewis was also appointed to serve on the public service committee and will be chairman of the finance committee.
Unanimously elected to serve as council president for 2014 was John Stone who was also appointed by Mayor Lester Grennell to serve on the Utica Planning Commission.
Council had all four current members in attendance Monday, still two shy of the normal six-member staff since no other potential members came forward to replace the seats left vacant by Jack Raines and Clarence Conley last month. Council members now have the opportunity to appoint two members by the end of January. If seats still remain open, they are then to be appointed by Grennell in February.
Two resolutions faced council this month, dealing with the declaring a necessity for a levy in excess of the 10-mill limitation and placing the issue on the ballot. This will be a 2.5-mill, three-year levy earmarked for street lighting and paving. The resolutions were both given a first reading.
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