By: Anna Wozniak
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
The Blakeslee Village Council met for the first time of 2024 on January 3rd at 6 p.m. Mayor Eric Jenkins, Fiscal Officer Courtny Osborn, and Police Chief Randy Mohre joined councilors Robert Mohre, Rosemary Alexander-Thiel, and Shelly Cox, who greeted 2024 as council president. Councilor Cletus Radabaugh was absent.
Their first order of business was approving the minutes of the November meeting, and purchase orders from December and January presented by Fiscal Officer Osborn.
The monthly financial report was accepted as presented, with receipts listed at $2,847 and payments at $206.90.
Discussion was then held regarding the elevation of prior Council President Eric Jenkins to mayor, as this leaves three open council seats vacant.
Council members are going to speak with the community to see who may be interested in the positions, and anyone interested is encouraged to reach out. Nick Reed stated that they would be willing to fill one of the open positions.
An appropriation for reparations to a village alley was passed on an emergency vote, with Ordinance 2024-01.
Everyone involved with the Christmas parade was congratulated on the success of the event, and police officers that helped with traffic will be receiving complimentary gift certificates.
Next year is expected to see another great Blakeslee Santa Parade, with council agreeing to consider planning it for earlier in the season.
It was then that the Blakeslee Village Council adjourned, set to meet next on Wednesday, February 7, 2024.