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Citing health, Metzler gives up Sunbury council seat

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Sunbury Village Council President Bill Metzler will step down Dec. 31, a year before his four-year term on council expires.

"It's the issue of health that makes me leave," Metzler said at council's meeting Wednesday, Dec. 19. "Otherwise, I'd still be hanging in there."

Janet Metzler said after the meeting that her husband recently has sustained a series of mini-strokes and that physicians are trying to determine the cause.

Mrs. Metzler has served on the village's park commission and currently is on the village landscape and trees commission. She plans to remain on that committee for the time being and said she hopes her husband's health improves so he can stay active in the village.

Mayor Tommy Hatfield said during the meeting that he first met the Metzlers soon after they moved to Sunbury in 2005. Both had an interest in serving the village.

"This is really tough for me," Hatfield said. "I know it's tough for Bill and Janet."

Mr. Metzler was a tireless worker on behalf of the village, and he and his wife have become an integral part of the community, Hatfield said.

Mr. Metzler was elected in November 2009 and was named council president this year.

Village officials will seek applicants for appointment to the remaining year of his term via the village's website, sunburyvillage.com, hand-delivered applications or regular mail. All must be submitted by 4 p.m. Jan. 11.

Council has 30 days from the time of Metzler's resignation to fill the vacancy, or the appointment falls to the mayor. Council plans to interview applicants at its Jan. 16 meeting.

Hatfield said at the Dec. 19 meeting that he would defer any appointments to council if a decision has not been reached within the 30 days.

Also during last week's meeting, Big Walnut Local School District Superintendent Steve Mazzi thanked the village for providing a police presence at the district's six schools in the aftermath of the Dec. 14 shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Sunbury officers were stationed at five schools and the Delaware County Sheriff's Office resource officer remained on duty at Big Walnut High School in the days following the shootings.

"We are all shocked and saddened by the events that happened in Connecticut," Mazzi said.

Hatfield, who has children in the district, said the days after the shootings were difficult for many parents.

"I know from parents ... the fear people had of letting their kids go" to school, he said.

Mazzi said during a break in the meeting that school officials, police officers and others will meet soon to assess if any further security measures need to be taken for the rest of the school year.

Mazzi has posted a letter on the district's website, bigwalnut.k12.oh.us, to inform residents of how Big Walnut is handling the safety of students.

Also during the meeting, Village Engineer Wes Hall said a comprehensive inspection of the leaky metal standing seam roof on the historic Town Hall has been completed.

CT Consultants, where Hall works, conducted the inspection and will make recommendations and cost estimates about the roof soon. The cost is expected to be higher than some informal estimates made earlier this year.

Those informal estimates ranged from $39,000 to $45,000 to replace the roof. However, other repair work is being contemplated by the village in addition to replacing the roof.

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