WAYNESFIELD â€” Here comes the judge.
Waynesfield Village Council members approved a resolution hiring a magistrate Monday, paving the way for village officials to begin paperwork to reinstate mayorâ€™s court in the village.
Police Chief Nathan Motter asked councilors to approve the hiring and to approve a fine schedule for traffic violations, a move councilors passed unanimously by a 6-0 vote.
The magistrate approved was attorney Robert Gryzbowski, who is also the magistrate for the village of Cridersville.
The last village magistrate was Wapakoneta attorney Robert Kehoe, who was paid a $500 retainer per year and $150 per hour to hear cases.
During his report to village officials, Motter said the hiring of a magistrate and reinstatement of mayorâ€™s court would allow him to start the process, including paperwork with the state, putting applicable ordinances in place, getting supplies and training staff.
Motter made the suggestion to reinstate mayorâ€™s court to the village at the April council meeting. The village last had mayorâ€™s court 14 years ago, but they ended mayorâ€™s court after the process to hear cases was no longer financial feasible under state law.
Motter said enough stops are being made for it again to be a worthwhile action for the community.
Councilors heard from Russells Point mayor at the April meeting about how successful mayorâ€™s court has been in her village.
While hardly a cash windfall, Motter estimated it would generate approximately $12,000 annually for the village.