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01-10-04: Celina councilors cut disputed position after private meeting


Celina City Council held part of their meeting behind closed doors Monday night, marking the second time in as many meetings they chose to discuss an issue out of the public eye.
After the 20-minute executive session, council members passed an emergency ordinance that eliminates the position of executive secretary and begins the procedure to notify that employee, Diane Link of St. Henry.
Link, who was told to no longer report to work nearly a month ago, hired an attorney and filed a petition with the Celina Civil Service Commission, claiming she was unjustly fired from the position by Mayor Sharon LaRue in early January. City officials have said Link was not fired and was on paid administrative leave.
Council members indicated the executive session was to discuss the Link ordinance, and after the meeting Celina Safety Service Director Mike Sovinski said the legal reasons for closing the meeting were to discuss negotiations and potential litigation.
Celina has the potential to gain 13 new jobs this year, after Celina Tent Co. completes a planned building expansion.
Community Development Director Sue Canary announced that the Ohio Department of Development approved a $47,500 grant for Celina to help pay for a sewer extension to the property, on the west end of Celina on Ohio 29.
A $30,000 grant from the city’s revolving loan fund, a $10,000 grant from the county’s revolving loan fund and $7,500 from the city’s sewer fund will cover the remaining balance of the project.
Celina Tent owners plan to add a new 7,200-square-foot storage and manufacturing building at the site. The company manufactures tents, awnings and tarps.
With a light agenda for the meeting, council members quickened the meeting by delaying some decisions. Members tabled the 2004 budget appropriations ordinance, to allow for public meetings Monday and March 1.
Members also tabled a resolution accepting a 15.9-acre donation from The Daily Standard publisher Frank Snyder. Members have asked the acting law director to investigate the deed. Some members are concerned about accepting the property because the deed stipulates the land be used as an arboretum, preserved in its natural wooded state.
At a recent parks meeting, city officials shared ideas about making trails at the wooded site near Westview Park, installing signs explaining the trees and wildlife and building an education center. An arboretum is defined as a place were woody plants are cultivated for educational and scientific purposes.


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