Schedule of Monthly Meetings
Council Meetings: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of month 7:30 PM unless otherwise noted. Planning Commission and or Board of Zoning Appeal meet 3rd Tuesday when scheduled.
Upcoming Village Council Meetings;
January 15, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
In memory of Grafton Council President John Lescher
The Village of Grafton mourns deeply the recent passing of Council President John Lescher. John was a man of conviction and faith with a sincere love for others. John had served the Village residents faithfully for more than 34-years as an elected official and embodied the standard bearer of what a Public Servant should be. John was Husband to his wife Sue, father of son John and daughter Mandy, grandfather, Vietnam War Veteran, a community leader, warrior and friend… our friend. Please remember Sue, and the entire Lescher family during this time of profound loss.
“Fate whispers you can’t withstand the storm–
The warrior whispers back I AM the STORM”
GRAFTON COUNCIL PRESIDENT
Councilman Tim Strah was appointed to the position of Grafton Village Council-at Large on October 16, 2018 to fulfill the remaining term of Jason Strah (son of Tim Strah).
Jason Strah resigned due to residency relocation outside of the Village.
For the past 38 years Tim and his wife Darla have called Grafton home. They raised 3 children and are active in the community. Tim has served Grafton as a Volunteer Fireman. Tim is an active member of Our Lady Queen of Peace serving on the finance council and is involved with the Helping Hands Ministry. Tim has recently served on the Mayor’s 2018 Charter Review Commission. Tim hopes that his work knowledge and experience as a Lead Maintenance Mechanic will provide insight that will be beneficial to the Village.
Councilman Strah stated, “I see my efforts here on the Village Council as a continuation of my love for Grafton through community service.”
Councilman Strah’s platform for his first term to council:
- Assure the Village of Grafton remains fiscally responsible to its residents.
- Continue strategic efforts regarding an aging infrastructure and the projects that are designed to address all infrastructure needs.
- Seek way to improve the Village Parks and Recreation.
- Support economic development programs and opportunities benefiting Grafton.
- Continue a legacy of community volunteerism through public service.
Councilman Strah’s term runs through December 2021.
Rick Logue was appointed to Council on April 4th, 2019. Rick Louge has been a resident of Grafton since 1975. Rick graduated from Elyria High School in 1966 and joined the U.S. Navy that summer. He spent three years in the Navy, including a year in the Vietnam War as an aircraft controller. After his service, he worked as an aircraft controller for the Federal Aviation Administration at the Oberlin Air Traffic Control Center from 1970 to 2002.
Rick Louge has served on the Board of Zoning Appeals and has served as a volunteer with the Fire Department and EMT. He also volunteered in the community as a bowling and football coach for youths.
From 2007 to 2010, he served as the commander of Grafton Veterans of Foreign Wars and in 2016, he returned as commander. Rick states his Grafton accomplishments include working with officers of the Grafton VFW to eliminate 100 percent of the organization debt. Rick’s experience and general knowledge of the area made him Mayor DiVencenzo’s choice to appoint the prior vacancy to the Ward 3 council seat..
“I moved to Grafton because it was a small, friendly, growing community and I would like to continue the progress the village has made to stay that way.” ~Rick Logue~ April 2019
Village of Grafton – Charter
Section 4. Duties of Council
All legislative powers of the Municipality, except as limited by this Charter and the Constitution of the State of Ohio, shall be vested in the Council, and in furtherance thereof, but without limitation thereto, it shall:
(a) Originate, introduce and pass ordinances and adopt resolutions;
(b) Fix the salaries of all officers and employees of the Municipality, whether elected or appointed;
(c) Require and fix bond for the faithful discharge of the duties of office by officers and employees, the premium for which bond may be ordered by the Council to be paid by the Municipality;
(d) Formulate and adopt a budget;
(e) Provide for a bi-annual financial audit by the State;
(f) Authorize the issuance of bonds under the laws of the State of Ohio;
(g) Perform such other duties and exercise such other rights not inconsistent with this Charter as now or hereafter granted to the legislative authority of municipalities by the State of Ohio.
Village of Grafton – Charter
Section 2. Duties
The Clerk-Treasurer is the fiscal officer of the Municipality, the Clerk of the Municipality and the Clerk of the Council.
Specifically, his or her duties are to:
(a) Demand and receive from the County Treasurer taxes, levies and assessments made and certified to the County Auditor by the Council and placed on the tax list by such Auditor for collection. He or she shall also demand and receive moneys from persons authorized to collect or required to pay them from judgments, fines, penalties, forfeitures, licenses, court costs and debts due the Municipality;
(b) Disburse the funds of the Municipality on the order of the Council;
(c) Keep an accurate account of all moneys received by him or her, showing the amount thereof, the time received, from whom and on what account received;
(d) Keep an accurate account of all disbursements made by him or her, showing the amount thereof, the time made, to whom and on what account paid;
(e) So arrange his or her books that the amounts received and paid on account of separate funds or specified apportionments shall be exhibited in separate accounts;
(f) Settle and account with the Council at such regular intervals as may be required by the Council. At the first regular meeting of the Council in January in each year, the Clerk-Treasurer shall report to the Council the condition of the finances of the Municipality, the amount received by him or her, the sources of such receipts, the disbursements made by him or her and on what account during the year preceding. Such account shall exhibit the balance of each fund in his or her hands at the end of the year.
(g) Attend all meetings of Council and keep the official record of all proceedings, rules, by-laws, resolutions and ordinances passed or adopted; and
(h) Perform such other duties as are required by any ordinance of the Municipality consistent with his or her office.