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City planner Harris to retire May 10

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Pataskala Planning Director Dianne Harris will retire May 10.

Harris was hired by Pataskala in October 2007, after spending 15 years with a consulting firm, Burns, Bertsch and Rainey of Columbus. She said she is most proud of the city's downtown market study presented to City Council in January; renovations to the Sterling Theatre and paths built in Pataskala Municipal Park.

"I'm drawn to history," she said. "There is a ton to finish and I won't be here when it's finished."

Harris lives in Grove City and said she'd like to stay involved with city groups a little closer to home.

"I'd like to work with (Grove City's) town center group," she said.

Harris was paid $79,211 in salary and an estimated $34,710 in benefits annually, according to James Nicholson, the city's finance director.

In addition to her replacement, the city is looking for a part-time parks coordinator to help with scheduling and parks management. Volunteers serving on the city's parks and recreation advisory board have been managing the parks.

Nicholson said the city budgeted $21,300 for the parks coordinator. The funds would pay for 1,500 hours of work at $12 an hour and contributions to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, Medicare and workers' compensation.

The coordinator would not be eligible for health benefits, Nicholson said.

City Administrator Timothy Boland said Pataskala officials hope to fill the positions as soon as possible.

Applications are being accepted at Pataskala City Hall, 621 W. Broad St.

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