The Village Council voted to hold a special meeting on November 26th at 5:30pm to fill the vacant seat on council that was created after the recent resignation of Councilman Art Patterson. They are required by law to have it filled by December 3rd.
North Baltimore Boy Scout Troop #315 member Aaron Boes requested permission to build a Memory Tree park with a pergola and water fountain on the Water Treatment Plant property as an Eagle Scout project. He gave a presentation of his plans, complete with diagrams, maps, cost estimates and estimated timeline to the Council. He met with the Village Tree Commission to help form the plans.
Councilman Aaron Patterson made the motion to approve the project and plans and suggested the Village Tree Commission earmark $500 from their budget to contribute to the project. Council approved. Aaron Boes is a student at Elmwood High School and a member of the North Baltimore Scout Troop.
Other conversation at the meeting included an update on the 100 block of Main Street project. Village Administrator Michael Brillhart shared that Geddis Paving is scheduled to return to the village for unfinished work on both the eat and west sides of Main Street. He also talked about the progress of the street lighting for that project. “There has to be a control box panel installed (and approved) near the fire station, before the lights can be installed,” he said.
Brillhart also shared he continues to struggle with communicating with CSX concerning an on-going drainage issue in the village, as well as the need for improvements at various crossings within the village. He has made multiple attempts to contact CSX in Jacksonville, Florida, Columbus, Ohio, and Willard, Ohio with little to no response.
A discussion was held concerning the continuing standing water issue on State Route 18 in front of Reservoir 2. It is believed the issue involves the north side of Route 18 as well, directly across from the area on the south side. There are still some old fashioned brick catch basins on the south side area involved.
The Finance Officer Tony Swartz has completed the 2020 Appropriation ordinance for it’s first reading.