Walbridge chief named administrator PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 08 March 2013 11:18
WALBRIDGE - The police chief has been made the permanent village administrator.
At Wednesday's meeting, council approved Kenneth Frost's additional title, effective immediately. Frost, who was hired as police chief in February 2011, was named part-time village administrator in May.
He was originally given the administrator responsibilities on a three-month basis and paid an additional $14,400 annually. Frost's annual police chief salary is $48,410.
Council took action after a five-minute executive session to discuss personnel.
Mayor Ed Kolanko said he and council have been impressed with Frost's input and dedication.
"I think he's doing an exceptional job," Kolanko said, adding that Frost attends most committee meetings and follows up on questions and research. "He's available to get the answers."
The village had been without an administrator since Ken Gilsdorf quit in February 2011, seven weeks after being appointed. Gilsdorf was appointed councilman earlier this year.
Also at the meeting, council:
• Heard Councilwoman Sue Hart-Douglas, who is chairwoman of the parks, recreation and community events committees, say the centennial committee is re-evaluating plans to ask council to close Main Street July 4-6. Some business owners have said the closure would hinder traffic and deliveries. The centennial committee meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the village hall.
• Approved spending $5,010 for five pieces of body armor for the police department. Frost said the armor has a five-year expiration date and it is time for new pieces. A federal grant, called Bulletproof Vest Partnership, is funding half the purchase.
• Asked Feller, Finch and Assoc., Maumee, to prepare bid specifications for curb replacements. The work is on the west and east side of Parkview Drive from Holly to Perry streets, the north side of Perry Street from Parkview Drive to Park Lane, and the north and south sides of Breckman Street from Parkview Drive to Park Lane.
• Heard Loop Park is getting several improvements, including new fencing donated by Walbridge-Fest and swings paid for through a $2,200 Wood County Park District grant.
• Renewed the annual commercial liability package with Brooks Insurance for $26,573.
• Approved advertising for seasonal help, including lifeguards and mowers.

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