By ERIC SCHAADT
ARLINGTON — Two new members and two incumbents on Arlington Council were sworn into office Wednesday.
Tom Blunk and Terry L. Huffman were elected to four-year terms last November, along with incumbents Michael Palmer and Thad Dempster.
Also, Dempster was selected by his peers to serve as council president for 2014.
Council’s first session of 2014 was held on Wednesday because of the recent harsh weather.
That cold snap caused waterline breaks in properties throughout the village, including six breaks in one day, according to village officials.
And a waterline froze at the village water treatment plant.
The village was down to one load of road salt Wednesday, according to Street Commissioner Kyle Crist, because suppliers have a low inventory.
Arlington’s road salt will be spread on intersections until more salt can be obtained, Crist told Village Council.
Separately, Mayor Ed Solt created a new council committee.
A Community Development and Business Committee will handle economic issues.
“I think we need to focus on where our community is going,” Solt said. “It’s really important.”
The new committee also will study business enterprise zones.
Separately, Helms and Sons of Findlay will continue the project to clear out a section of Buck Run to improve water flow and reduce flooding.
“It really looks improved,” Councilman Brian Essinger said.
In a related topic, Councilman Essinger told council that high water was reportedly recently in the Apple Blossom subdivision.
Council will meet at 7 p.m. next Monday in the municipal building.
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