Edon Village Council Approves Animal Ordinance Inclusion


Edon Village Council amended its current Animals and Fowl ordinance during the July 20, 2015 regular session held in Council Chambers.  Mayor Darlene Burkhardt called the evening meeting to order with Councilors Roxana Nester, Lee Lawrence, Duane Thiel, Dick Chapin, Chuck Bidwell, Gale Horn, Village Administrator Randy Mahlman, Fiscal Officer Heidi Bidwell and Solicitor Tom Thompson in attendance.

First introduced in May, Council approved the third and final required reading of Ordinance 04-15 To Enact Codified Ordinance Section 505.17 Prohibition Against Animals Other Than Companion Animals For Inclusion in Village Codified Ordinances Chapter 505 – Animals and Fowl and Declaring it an Emergency.

Deemed necessary to preserve public safety and welfare ~ and to prevent continued propagation of animals throughout the Village ~ the Ordinance takes effect immediately.

Additionally that evening, Council:

  • Was updated by Edon Area Chamber of Commerce President Jim Whitman on plans for Edon Days 2015. Set for August 7-8-9, happenings taking place include: concessions, Train Rides, live bands, Street Dance, Cruise-In, Best Insurance Customer Appreciation/Raffles/Drawings/Free Will Offering (proceeds to FTFD), Fireman’s Breakfast, Music Boosters Mattress Sale, Softball and Sand Volleyball Tournaments, Parade, Truck Pulls, Sidewalk Sales, Craft Show, Community Church Service, Corn Maize Cook-off, Corn Hole Tournament, Children’s Entertainment and Alumni Flag Football Game.
  • Approved the first of three required readings of Ordinance 05-15: Accepting Recodification of 2015 Ordinances for the Village of Edon Ohio.
  • Voted to suspend the three-reading rule to pass Ordinance 06-15 Establishing Salaries of Elected Officials of the Village of Edon, Ohio and Declaring an Emergency. Beginning with the 2016 term, the mayor’s annual salary will be scaled back from six thousand to four thousand dollars.
  • Heard Administrator Mahlman’s monthly report noting downtown parking lines were repainted (ODOT assumes responsibility for upkeep of crosswalks and stop bars); mosquito spraying is ongoing (residents having mosquito problems stemming from standing water, etc., should contact the office); Aqua-Line Leak Detection located spots on Woodville Street to look into along with finding a significant leak at South Main and Woodville Streets that requires further investigation (loss of nearly thirty thousand gallons of water per day); clogged storm sewer lines were taken care of; marked street areas will be durapatched); possibilities for new revenue from the Woodville Street Tower will be researched with Telecom Lease Advisors, a cell tower lease expert; costs to top-off trees are being obtained and the Village will spray for mosquitoes in Blakeslee (time and chemical costs assessed to them). Also shared was the upcoming four-week planned Work Schedule including final preparations for Edon Days, grounds upkeep, testing, repairing the Jetter truck, brush pick-ups and storm sewer and water line digs.
  • Tabled further discussion regarding new construction plans for the Village’s thirty-plus-year-old Water Plant until additional information is obtained (costs are estimated at nine hundred sixty thousand dollars). Administrator Mahlman will compile data on available grants, application deadlines, loans, interest rates, etc., for Council’s consideration.
  • Heard Police Chief Tom Szymczak’s June Service Log (including 103 calls for service; 27 complaints; 10 citations; 43 warnings; no accidents; 1 alarm; no arrests; 11 assists; 49 follow-ups ) and detailed Vehicle Report (including $480.91 in fuel costs). Additionally, department radars were certified and the Village’s west end early alert siren was tested in response to last month’s power outage. He also noted he’d conducted A.L.I.C.E. training at Edon Schools and assisted with a safety drill utilizing the program, attended DARE Graduation, took part in the Ohio Attorney General’s Cyber-Bullying Training and escorted students to Edon Dairy Treat for a special treat for reading the most books; the Department provided assistance at EHS prom activities and traffic control for the annual RBS Memorial 5K and FTFD Benefit Walk/Run as well.
  • Was informed the Finance Committee would convene prior to the August session at 6:00 p.m.
  • Accepted the Minutes, Financial Report and Bills as presented.

     The next monthly regular meeting of Edon Village Council will be held Monday, August 17, 2015 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Village Chambers.

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