Council sends off superintendent with plaudits
Whitehall City Council members recognized retiring Whitehall City School District Superintendent Judyth Dobbert-Meloy at their June 18 meeting.
Dobbert-Meloy will retire Friday, June 28, after 13 years as superintendent of Whitehall schools and 43 years as an educator or administrator.
She said she was appreciative and honored to receive the recognition at the June 18 meeting, during which she was presented with a copy of the proclamation declaring that day as "Judyth Dobbert-Meloy Day" in the city of Whitehall.
"The school district and the city have enjoyed a great partnership that I am confident will continue (with my successor as Whitehall superintendent), Brian (Hamler)," Dobbert-Meloy said.
"It has been a privilege to work with the city of Whitehall," Dobbert-Meloy said.
Council members and the administration lauded Dobbert-Meloy for her service and dedication to the school district and the community.
Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard prepared the resolution and presented it to Dobbert-Meloy.
"Judyth is a phenomenal advocate for the educational system and the community," Maggard said Friday, June 21.
"She understands the need for a strong relationship between a school district and the community and always forged that relationship. She wore on her sleeve her passion for and dedication to the students and parents of our district," Maggard said.
Councilman Wes Kantor said the district is "truly losing a great lady" whose service and dedication to the district is unparalleled.
Dobbert-Meloy was named Whitehall superintendent in May 2000, arriving from a Michigan school district.
Also at the June 18 meeting, a resolution adopting a tax budget for the city of Whitehall for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 2014, received a second reading and is scheduled for a third and final reading at the July 9 council meeting, where approval is expected.
Each Ohio city or village, in order to receive local government funding, is required to submit a budget to its appropriate county auditor before July 20 of each year. This year, the deadline is July 22, because July 20 falls on a Saturday, Miller said.
"It is not our appropriation ordinance, but rather an estimate of our budget than can be amended as needed -- but we have to file it to be eligible for local government funding," Whitehall Auditor Dan Miller said.
The 2014 budget projects general fund revenue of $25,632,720 and general fund expenses of $25,300,601.
During public polling, Whitehall resident Gerald Dixon addressed council members and the administration concerning the city's code enforcement efforts.
Dixon challenged the city's authority to enter private property, arguing that code enforcement officers cannot enter private property without the owner's consent or a warrant, disputing the legal opinion of the city that officers are lawfully permitted to do so.
Dixon said while he supports the general substance of the codes and the need for such codes to exist, he appealed for a suspension of enforcement until the administration "prove(s) to us in good faith that respect for the citizens, the laws, and the Constitution are what are sacrosanct in this community."