GAMBIER — The Gambier Village Council approved third reading of an ordinance Monday that gives employees a pay raise, while attending to other business that included a “Stick it to the Village Days” event.

The pay raise came by way of amending an ordinance dating back to 2006, which sets wages and benefits. Village employees will receive a 3 percent pay increase. Their healthcare costs have increased but village officials, including Mayor Kachen Kimmell, did not answer when asked how much health premiums have risen.

In other action, the village council:

•Set April 8 and April 22 as dates as “Stick it to the Village Days.” These two Mondays allow village residents to pick up twigs and sticks in their yards, and place them at the curb for pickup.

•Welcomed new village Administrator R.C. Wise, the former village administrator of Hebron, to his first official Gambier Village Council meeting.

•Discussed that the Knox County Convention and Visitor Bureau has a new website that is up and running, but needs to include all Gambier businesses including village bed and breakfast inns.

•Announced Kimmell and Wise will attend the April 19 Tree City USA annual meeting, with the village working with Mount Vernon City Council and the city’s Tree Commission to have Knox County host the 2020 Tree City USA Annual meeting.

•Announced participation in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s road salt contract for 2019.

•Announced that the village will allow the Knox County Board of Elections to use the Gambier Community Center as a polling place for the May 7 primary election.

•Announced that the village is putting together a Steering Committee for the Knox Villages Strategic Plan, with councilor Leeman Kessler to be part of the committee.

•Once again delayed expenditures related to an automated chlorine feed system, to see if some costs, such as bidding and contract services, can be lowered.

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Larry Di Giovanni: 740-397-5333 or larry@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews