by Sue Miklovic
All NB village council members were present for the final April meeting. Village Administrator Allyson Murray was excused for the evening, as she was out-of -town at a administrators training.
Village resident Carla Rush, spoke during the public participation period of the meeting. She expressed her desire to see dilapidated/blighted homes removed for both safety and property value reasons. She has several homes in extreme disrepair within her field of vision from her own home on North Third Street.
The council members all agreed with Ms. Rush’s comments about vacant run down housing in the village. “Well said” said Councilman Ty Carles.”We have been looking for money for a long time,” (to do the demolition work)
The Wood County Commissioners will be applying for the Neighborhood Revitalization Grant on behalf of the village, and some potential projects have already been suggested and well received by the residents in attendance at the meetings. The choices for the grant projects are based on community input at three separate community meetings, and a list of allowable options, all ranked according to responses from the completed community surveys. The suggestion of removal of dilapidated structures in the village was listed by 38% of those who responded to the survey.
– Finance Officer Chris Kirk announced his resignation effective April 27.
– Councilwoman Leisa Zeigler said the Virginia Theater was closing after the 7:00pm showing on May 6th. Current operator Doug Wickard would be willing to train and assist anyone who would like to give it a shot/take it over. The digital projector purchased in 2015 to help keep the business open when movies became totally digital, “is officially owned by Gary Luken, owner of the building, who is listed for insurance purposes,” she said.
-Council President Art Patterson reminded everyone that May 19 is North Baltimore Public Safety Day. Theme:”Put a Lid On It” (safety helmets)
– Councilman Matt Beegle said he is identifying which areas are supported by the general fund and whether money could be found elsewhere.
-Councilman Aaron Patterson complemented painting and repair projects completed at the Village Park.
– Council approved a hazardous tree list, and awarded a contract for $6,080 with Ashcraft Tree Service for hazardous tree removal.
– Three village employees are taking a mosquito and weed spraying license exam soon.
-Brush pick up will be the first full week of May (May7-May 11)
_The Village has been designated as a Tree City USA for the 23rd year.
-There will be a Boy Scout Camp-or-ree at the Village Park this weekend, April 20-23. Scouts from all over Northwest Ohio will be participating in tent camping, outdoor cooking, and outdoor games. Scoutmaster Shawn Benjamin and Former Mayor Mike Julien will provide adult leadership.