Grandview Heights City Council has new leadership for the new year.

Grandview Heights City Council has new leadership for the new year.

The council voted unanimously Monday, Jan. 4, to elect Greta Kearns as council president.

Outgoing president Anthony Panzera nominated Kearns.

Chris Smith was elected vice president, replacing Steve Gladman.

Both Kearns and Smith were elected to their first council terms in 2013.

The meeting also included the oath of office for Mayor Ray DeGraw, who was elected to his fourth term in November. Council members Gladman, Emily Keeler and Steve Reynolds also were sworn in.

Gladman is beginning his third term; Reynolds was returned to council by voters in November after his self-imposed two-year sabbatical. Keeler was elected to her first term.

One of the first major pieces of legislation the new council will consider is an extension of the agreement for the city to provide municipal services to the village of Marble Cliff.

The two communities have reached a tentative agreement to extend the contract through Dec. 31, 2026.

The current five-year contract, approved in 2012, will expire at the end of this year.

Five years ago, Village Council voted 3-2 to approve a contract with Upper Arlington for services, but four votes were needed to OK the contract. Village Council member Matt Cincione recused himself because he served as magistrate in Grandview's mayor's court.

A month later, Village Council voted 4-1 to accept the terms of Grandview's costlier contract after many village residents expressed a desire to stay with Grandview.

According to the tentative agreement, the village would pay Grandview $555,032 in 2017. The rate would increase by 4.2 percent in 2018 and 4.4 percent each year beginning Jan. 1, 2019, and ending Dec. 31, 2022.

Each year between 2023 and 2026, the rate would increase 4.5 percent.

In the 2012 agreement, the rate was $470,000 for the first year with a 3 percent increase in 2013 and 2014 and a 3.25 percent increase in 2015 and 2016.

Under the agreement, the city provides Marble Cliff with police, fire, EMS, parks and recreation, solid-waste collection, maintenance and other public services.

Village Council has reviewed the proposed contract and will hold a first reading at its Jan. 18 meeting, DeGraw said.

Both councils will give the contract multiple readings before voting on the agreement.