Duncan named clerk, administrator

Village Council votes 3-1
Jul. 17, 2014 @ 03:08 AM

When Village Council met Tuesday night, a former staff member, Bill Whitman, was euologized by Mayor Barbara Meliski for his contribution to Chimney Rock Village. Whitman served as clerk and zoning administrator of the Village for approximately four years. He died last month after battling cancer.

Former Mayor Peter O'Leary and former council member Bob Wald also spoke about Whitman and his work with the town over the years.

"I lost a great friend and Chimney Rock Village lost a great administrator," Meliski said.

During regular business, council voted 3-1 to hire Steve Duncan as Whitman's replacement for the next 12 to 15 months. Duncan, who is the town's finance officer, agreed to take on the additional duties. His combined salary is $2,000 per month.

Meliski made the motion to leave Duncan, who was appointed interim clerk/administrator last month, in the appointed position. Council members April Sottile and Chuck Horton voted with Meliski and council member Rose Senehi cast the lone dissenting vote.

Duncan sent his proposal to Village Council members prior to Tuesday night's vote. 

"He will help us get everything organized," Meliski said. "After the 12 to 15 months, council will look for people to fill these positions."

Also Tuesday night, Council passed the Parking Ordinance that addresses certain areas of town designated, "Tourist Parking Only." 

Council agreed to add the Critter's Parking lot to the tourist areas of parking.

Violators will be given a verbal warning and the Village official providing the warning will document the violation by filing a notice with the Village Clerk. Repeat violators will be subject to fines.

Council also received a report from Ron Walter with Pangea.

The board also discussed the Peddlers Ordinance and discussed one situation where a man was setting up to sell items  on the side of the road.