The Town of Ellicott is still seeking candidates to replace Lucian Lodestro's position in the vacant Ward 3.
During a relatively routine town board meeting, a handful of resolutions were passed which the observant town of Ellicott resident will notice.
Primarily, a set of stop signs which were recently placed on Old Fluvanna Road have drawn the ire of local residents, and now residents are asking that they be taken down.
"I think when we first put them in, we were waiting for the speed change," said Cecil Miller, town supervisor. "The speed limit has (been reduced) and now residents are asking that we take out the stop signs."
"They've never really been too popular from the start," added Robert Heintzelman, town board member.
Sonny Shellhouse, town highway superintendent, suggested that he speak with the county engineer and get a recommendation before the stop signs are removed.
The town board also approved a resolution to place a new streetlight on Southwestern Drive. The resolution was passed with relatively little conversation.
Additionally, the board discussed its difficulties in filling the vacant Ward 3 position left by Lucian Lodestro.
"The calls have just been flooding the town lines," joked Miller. "We've had no one come forward so far about the vacancy. George Beckerink and I will start actively searching if no candidates come forward.
Residents who would like to be considered for vacancy left by Lucian Lodestro's resignation must live within Ward 3. Candidates may express their interest in the position by contacting the town of Ellicott at 665-5317.
The town board also unanimously ratified the highway and office employees (CSEA) labor agreement which was presented to it.
The contract included a graduated health insurance premium for current employees. Employee health insurance premium contributions will be set for 13 percent for 2013, 14 percent for 2014, and 15 percent for 2015. Any employee hired on or after Jan. 1, 2013, shall contribute 18 percent toward health insurance.
Additionally, current employees will be entitled to a yearly wage scale increase of 1.75 percent for 2013, 2014 and 2015. Highway and Town Hall employees hired after Jan. 1, 2013, will be offered the following wages, respectively: $13.68 and $11.06 for first year, $14.85 and $12.27 for second year, $16.90 and $14.30 for third year, $18.87 and $16.30 for fourth and fifth years, $19.44 and $16.53 for sixth and seventh years, $20.07 and $16.78 for eighth and ninth years, $20.47 and $17.39 for 10th year, and $21.17 and $18.07 for 11th year. All employees hired on or after Jan. 1, 2013, will not be entitled to longevity.
"I reviewed this after the last meeting and found that it accurately reflects the settlement that we reached at the table," said William Wright, town attorney. "This is the document that the CSEA voted on and ratified approximately two weeks ago."
Heintzelman made the motion to ratify the document and Lisa Vanstrom, board member, seconded the motion. The document was unanimously ratified.