Councilmember leaves seat

By Matt Clevenger

For Miami Valley Today

WEST MILTON — West Milton Village Council member Jason Land has announced that he is leaving his seat on council, effective immediately.

“Tonight will be my last meeting,” Land said during council’s regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12. “I just want to say thank you to everybody. It’s been a huge honor to serve the community and work with all of you.”

Land has never missed a village council meeting, and is only leaving his seat due to moving out of West Milton. “My family and I purchased property just outside of Arcanum,” he said. “I will really miss this part, but I’m really looking forward to starting a new journey. I’ve been here for 25 years and my wife’s been here for 35 years so it’s a big change, but it’s a change that we both want to jump into.”

Council is currently accepting applications for Land’s seat, and will conduct interviews for the position over the next several weeks.

In other business, council members also heard an update on the village ‘s ongoing search for a new municipal manager. “The search is on for our next municipal leader,” acting municipal manager Ben Herron said.

The municipal manager position will be listed with the International City Managers’ Association and the Ohio City Managers’ Association, and applications for the position will also be available on the village’s website. “The position will advertise for around 30 days,” Herron said. “I’m hearing the interest is really high, and we just started. Right now, we’re just kind of taking the applications.”

Council members went on to accept a check for $97,990 from the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation. “We were pretty excited to get that, Herron said. “We knew we would have something coming, but we didn’t know it was going to be quite that much.”

“We very much appreciate it,” he said. “That was a little bit of a boost to help us with our income tax loss in 2020, especially from the general fund that is only supported by tax dollars.”

Council members also heard updates on the Stillwater Crossings Development and Ludlow Falls sewer projects. Ryan Homes is beginning construction on one of the three model homes that will be in Stillwater Crossings phase I. “They are telling me that these homes should be completed by late March,” Herron said.

The Ludlow Falls sewer project is approximately one-third complete. Council members also heard an update on the village’s search for an additional police officer. “They are currently interviewing for their one open position to bring them back to full force,” Herron said. “They have three pretty strong candidates; the three people are going to be interviewed tomorrow.”

“A lot of people talk about overtime and the money,” he said. “When they’re up to full staff it cuts down on the overtime, and lets our officers get a bit more rest and relaxation.”

Village Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, January 26 at the municipal building.