No go for Rowe

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield Village Council voted 4-2 to eliminate the position of village administrator in favor of a board of public affairs at a regular council meeting Thursday night.

Councilors Bill Motter, Glen Valenti, Sharon Ewing and Dick Hardin voted in favor of the board, while Rich Libby and Vickie Zimmerman voted to keep Village Administrator Fred Rowe.

With the village administrator position abolished, it will be up to Mayor Mike Ridenour to appoint three members to serve on the board. As of now, there is no timeline as to when Ridenour will make his selections.

The issue of whether or not to eliminate the village administrator position has dominated several council meetings in the months leading up to Thursday’s vote. In March, Waynesfield resident Don Nutter brought forth a petition containing 71 signatures from residents in the village who were in favor of keeping Rowe as administrator.

Since that meeting, several residents have voiced their opinion on why keeping Rowe would be best for the village. 

At Thursday’s meeting, which was so large it had to be moved outside of the village administration building to accommodate the number of people, residents on both sides of the issue spoke about their positions. 

For the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 1 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.