Brent Crone accepts a certificate of recognition from City Council President Ken Mengerink Monday night at the conclusion of the meeting of Van Wert City Council. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
Brent Crone accepts a certificate of recognition from City Council President Ken Mengerink Monday night at the conclusion of the meeting of Van Wert City Council. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin Editor
egebert@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT -- After more than a decade of City Council meetings, Brent Crone finished his last one Monday night by moving for adjournment after being honored by his fellow council members for his service. Crone submitted his resignation from the city's governing body around one month ago, but it became effective at the conclusion of Monday's meeting.
"Crone was honored for his "outstanding leadership and dedication" and his unwavering dedication to performing his duties and fulfulfilling his responsibilities throughout his distinguished career in the City of Van Wert."
Crone's resignation leaves open an at-large seat that will be filled by the Van Wert County Republican Central Committee sometime in the next 30 days.
For the most part, this meeting was short and non-controversial. The short list of business had been completed after only approximately 35 minutes.
Two actions were passed by council. An ordinance to accept bridge inspection services at the state's expense from the state was passed on first and final reading, as was an ordinance to amend council rules, calling for a president pro tem to be chose by council at the outset of each two-year term.
Other discussions revealed new topics to be discussed before the May 12 council session, including what to do with the former Tire Waste Transport building in Vision Industrial Park. That building has been put up for Sheriff's Sale and the former owner still owes money to the city's revolving loan program.. Other topics for future meetings include contracts to perform street painting and striping this summer, and new potential incentives for purchase of local buildings. A public hearing was scheduled for 7:15 p.m. May 28 on a zoning request for a building on the city's west side from residential to business for a new bait shop.