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News from last week’s Village Council Meeting

by Sue Miklovic

The hot topic from last week’s NB Village Council meeting was the announcement that the town had been awarded the Neighborhood Revitalization grant. Here is the link to that story, which was already reported on TheNBXpress:

NB Awarded $500,000 Grant

All Council members were present for the meeting. New clergy of Church of the Good Shepherd, Pastor Duane Weaver, led a prayer for the village prior to the meeting’s beginning.  Other business and topics discussed last week also included:

%– Two village residents signed up for “Public Participation” at the beginning of the meeting to voice their support for a candidate for  police chief and stated they are circulating an on-line petition to support this officer.

%– Mrs. Melanie Lee, Finance officer,  is still digging into things. She is trying to provide more info for the residents on CCA, who collects the village’s income tax. They are basically in the village only a couple of times per year to assist tax payers.

%–On September 13, two candidates will be interviewed for the position of Police Chief. Former Chief Allan Baer left this summer to accept a different job and Officer Scott Herrick was appointed  Interim Chief.

%–A street inventory list will be presented for the Council of the Whole meeting. This is a list of all the streets in need of repair, paving, etc. The council is pursuing grant funds available for rebuilding and repaving the 200 block of North Main Street in 2019.

%–The Village is looking for a bill paying solution for people preferring to pay on-line , or by a debit/credit card for their utility bills, tickets, fines, etc. Note from the Village: PLEASE DO NOT PUT CASH IN THE OVERNIGHT DROP BOX

%–A lot of discussion was held concerning job titles for employees.

%–There is action in progress for upgrading village computers and adding security cameras (at the park and the municipal building)

%–The Police Cruiser has been retro-fitted. The vehicle was formerly part of the EMS department but not being used, so it was transferred to the Police department and will save the village money on vehicles this year.

%– Councilman Matt Beegle introduced the idea of a Safety Services Director for the village. Much discussion will continue . He also wants more details on the Recycling agreement and to take a look at the income and expenses. (To be continued)

%–Councilman Ty Carles said,” I want to commend the Public Utilities and Public Works departments for working together recently to get the tree down on South Tarr.”

%–It was suggested to invite Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn to speak at an early October meeting

A Special meeting has been scheduled for September 11th, immediately following the regularly scheduled “Council of the Whole” meeting, which begins at 5:30pm.

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