by Sue Miklovic
Before the beginning of the Village Council meeting last Tuesday, October 3, Pastor Susan Kronbach, Church of the Good Shepherd offered prayer for those serving, and for the community.
Council member Leslee Thompson, and NBHS student representative to Council Dalton Teaford, were both absent (excused) from the meeting.
In the public participation portion of the meeting, 3 village residents asked to speak. Participants are limited to 5 minutes.
First was Lee Holloway who discussed his ongoing problem with a piece of property he owns on East Broadway, and its broken drainage tile issues. The village is aware of this and investigating further.
Second was Monica Gazarek, representing Wood County Human Services Levy Campaign. She shared statistics regarding the need for this tax levy, which provides protection for both children and elderly citizens from abuse. The levy is NOT a new tax.
Third was Village Historian Bonnie Knaggs ,asking council members to consider buying paver bricks for the Giving Garden project at Powell Elementary School.
Other items of interest:
*The torn flags at the roundabout continue to be an issue. Village Administrator Allyson Murray said flags are usually removed during the second week of October for the winter, and will be taken down.
*Village Finance Officer Chris Kirk mentioned there needs to be a revisiting of the EMS rate increases before the 2018 budget is set.
*The Village residents turned out strongly to fill out the “survey” that was included in recent water bills. The final results verified the village (52.4%) as a “Low to Moderate Income Community” This helps the village qualify for possible additional funding for projects like the current Main Street water line replacement.
*The Community Halloween parade will be Saturday, October 28th. Because of road construction in the 200 block of N. Main Street, during the same time frame of the parade, it is being re-routed this year. The parade will form at the Village Park. Costume judging will take place in Shelterhouse #1. A detailed information sheet was included in water bills this month. All participants must be registered.
*Trick or Treat was set for Tuesday, October 31st from 6:00pm until 7:30pm in the Village.
*The village was offered $2500 in trade-in for their current street sweeper.
*The Main Street construction project is scheduled to begin the last full week of October and is expected to take 2 to3 weeks to complete.
*Legal Counsel for the Village, Joel Kuhlman, briefly described steps the Council would need to follow if they were to be faced with filling a vacant seat.
*The Mayor had no items to report.
*Art Patterson, member of the Village Council’s safety committee made a motion to hire Alan Reis, Paramedic, for a part-time position with the EMS, effective Tuesday, October 3. Council approved.
*A short conversation was held pertaining to the CSX spur at Second Street, and the condition of the road. V.A. Murray said she has tried to contact them numerous times, and she will continue to hound them.
*September Monthly Reports from all the department heads are found in separate stories here on theNBXpress.