Delaware News

Village administrator improving after accident

Dave Martin could move to rehabilitation center this week


Sunbury Village Administrator Dave Martin has been moved from the intensive-care unit at Grant Medical Center to a private room and could be released from the hospital late this week.

Village officials said before Sunbury Village Council's meeting Wednesday, Dec. 5, that Martin, who was seriously injured when his motorcycle collided with a deer Nov. 18, could be moved to a rehabilitation center by mid-December.

Martin has been taken off a ventilator and has been talking, Mayor Tommy Hatfield said.

"He's doing better and that's good," he said.

However, it could be two months or more before he returns to his job.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported Martin was riding his 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle south on state Route 95, near Fredericktown in Knox County, when he hit the deer about 5:05 p.m. Nov. 18. Martin was taken by medical helicopter to Grant.

No one saw the accident, and Hatfield said Martin does not remember the accident.

Bonuses for workers

All full-time village employees will get a little extra in their last paychecks of the year Dec. 21.

Council set aside $43,000 at its meeting Nov. 28 to be used for one-time bonuses for employees.

Hatfield said before the Dec. 5 meeting that the bonuses, which are being given instead of pay raises, are based on a worker's pay rate and job performance.

Not everyone would get the same bonus, which could be as high as $2,000 for some workers.

The 26 full-time workers have not had raises in the past four years because of the poor economy.

Aggregation plans final

Also at the Dec. 5 meeting, council wrapped up final details with electric and natural-gas aggregation programs for the village.

The village adopted two emergency ordinances covering the operation plans for the aggregation programs. Volunteer Energy Services Inc. has contracted to supply natural gas for the village. Border Energy Electric Services Inc. will provide electricity.

Since two public hearings, required by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, were held by Sunbury in November, the village can concentrate on receiving certification as an aggregator from the state.

That process should take several months. The two companies could start supplying their utilities to the village in the spring. Both offer discounts off certain portions of monthly bills for residents and businesses.

Residents are not required to use the companies and may stay with the company they currently use or choose another.

Three-way stop OK'd

Council also approved the installation of stop signs for a three-way stop at the intersection of Sunbury Meadows and Mill Run drives in the Sunbury Meadows subdivision.

Residents had complained earlier this year that increased traffic posed a safety hazard for schoolchildren walking to area bus stops. The signs will be installed as soon as possible, council members said.