By ERIC SCHAADT
NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore Council on Tuesday hired a new village administrator.
Donna Dettling will fill the role starting Aug. 11 with an annual salary of $70,000.
Dettling, now the village manager of Dexter, Mich., will replace Kathy Healy, who is retiring this month after seven years as administrator.
Dexter is home to 4,200 residents near Ann Arbor.
After Tuesday’s council session, Dettling said North Baltimore is similar to Dexter.
“There’s a lot a potential here,” she said.
Dettling was one of four candidates who made the final round of interviews.
Village Council voted 5-1 to hire her, with Councilman Aaron Patterson casting the dissenting ballot. Patterson expressed concern that he and others did not have enough time to read details of this contract.
He said he did not want to agree to “something I haven’t reviewed.”
In other employee issues, council hired seven part-time, paid members of the North Baltimore Emergency Medical Service to better staff the service.
The service currently is operated with volunteers, and council has been grappling with the need to have enough paramedics and emergency medical technicians to cover needed hours.
Paramedics accepted at a wage of $13.50 an hour were Troy Bateson, Mike Diebert, Justin Bage, Donald “Drew” Croy and Stephen Hoover.
Hired as basic emergency medical technicians at $10.50 an hour were Cory Bateson and Carol Bateson.
Their contacts will run from July 13 through December.
Later this year, council is expected to consider how to finance future paid employees beyond 2014.
Also, council agreed to advertise for additional volunteer EMTs.
Separately, Village Council formally enacted a sewer rate ordinance to codify recent changes made in those rates.
In the spring, council enacted a $5.25 hike in monthly water bills, as well as adjusting commodity rates for customers who use more than 2,000 gallons of water each month.
According to village officials, Tuesday’s ordinance was required to officially codify the newer rates.
Separately, council next month is expect to seek bids for fixing the leaking fire hall roof.
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