LEIPSIC — In their first meeting of the new year, members of Leipsic’s village council welcomed a new mayor, celebrated the return of two elected councilors, appointed a new councilor, and honored the service of a retired public servant.

As the first order of business on Monday, Mayor Tony Wobler swore in Councilors Dave Heitmeyer and Sue Schroeder, both of whom ran unopposed as incumbents in November’s general election. Council then, in a real time which-came-first-the chicken-or-the-egg scenario, accepted the resignation of Councilor Tony Wobler, welcoming him as Mayor Tony Wobler. With one seat vacant, council unanimously accepted the nomination of Rick Moyer as Wobler’s replacement, who was then sworn in by the mayor.

Taking a break from reorganizational matters, council celebrated the service of Jim Russell, who for decades served as village administrator prior to his retirement in 2007. While assisting with the leadership of the village, Russell was principally involved in attracting and servicing Iams, POET Biorefining, and PRO-TEC Coating Company; the development of a 450 million gallon reservoir and a rail spur; and the expansion and modernization of the village’s water and wastewater plants. In acknowledging the great work accomplished during his tenure, council approved an ordinance awarding Russell “… such recognition bestowed only upon those whom have made the greatest contribution to the Village of Leipsic.” Specifically, through the ordinance, council proclaimed that section of State Route 65 incorporated into the village be named Russell Avenue.

Council was also apprised of Mayor Wobler’s appointments to standing council committees, which included:

• Personnel and Finance: Chair Alan Pingle, Rick Moyer, and Sue Schroeder

• Parks & Recreation: Chair Sue Christman, Rick Recker, and Rick Moyer

• Development: Chair David Heitmeyer, Rick Recker, and Sue Schroeder

• Security of Persons: Chair Sue Schroeder, Sue Christman, and David Heitmeyer

• Utilities: Chair Rick Recker, Sue Christman, and Alan Pingle

• Streets, Sidewalks & Buildings: Chair Rick Moyer, Alan Pingle, David Heitmeyer

In other business, council:

• unanimously elected David Heitmeyer council president.

• heard the third reading and passed a resolution setting water and waste water rates for 2020. Through the resolution, minimum water rates remain unchanged, while a minimal increase to accounts using more than 400 cubic feet was put in place.

The next regular meeting of the Leipsic Village Council is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the village offices.