After organizing for 2016, Edon Village Council continued with their regular session, addressing a straightforward agenda.
In business attended to, Council:
•Heard Administrator Mahlman’s monthly report noting follow-up to last month’s EPA “compost” visit included providing requested weekly reports and continuing cleanup at the Village Compost Yard (looking to create easier access); annual reports for water withdrawal and compost reporting for both EPA and the county were completed; snow plowing and cleaning street corners ~ utilizing the “little dump” ~ was going well (residents having displaced sod should contact the office; affected areas will be taken care of this spring) and the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s effluent sampler and incubator, used for EPA testing, have been replaced per their recommendation. He also shared Village savings in 2015 totaled more than thirty thousand dollars; “across-the-board” reductions from 2014 were notably found in wages, benefits, testing and gasoline.
•Approved the appointment of Mayor Thiel and Administrator Mahlman as Village representatives to the 2016 Williams County Economic Development Corporation Board (WEDCO).
•Heard Police Chief Tom Szymczak’s monthly detailed Service Log and Vehicle Report for December 2015 as well as the Police Department’s Year End Report. Additionally, he noted he’d participated in the Edon Schools’ annual Officer Phil program; conducted a Public Safety Class with Edon students; took part in the annual Cops for Kids program (along with Edon Police Department staff) and had met with Edon High School students concerning the “5 Minutes for Life” initiative. (For five minutes, members of law enforcement talk with student-athletes about responsible decision-making, leadership and how to encourage peers to live a drug-free lifestyle.)
•Supported Mayor Thiel’s proclamation of February 1-29, 2016 as “Career and Technical Education Month” in Edon. The declaration urges all citizens to become familiar with the services and benefits offered by the career and technical education programs in the community and to support and participate in these programs to enhance their individual work skills and productivity.
•Noted a Park Board meeting would be set up to discuss upkeep of Walz Park ball fields; Edon Summer Ball League will be included as well. Center to the discussion is whether or not to have the Village continue providing personnel and supplies to prepare and line ball fields as in the past or to have ESBL assume responsibility.
•Learned Mayor Thiel would attend Edon Area Economic Development Corporation monthly meetings.
•Authorized Solicitor Thompson to review, rework, etc. Council Rules for members to assess next month.
•Accepted the Financial Report, Bills and Minutes from the December 21, 2015 regular session and January 12, 2016 special session as presented.
In observance of President’s Day, the next regular monthly meeting of Edon Village Council will be moved to Tuesday, February 16, 2016 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Village Chambers.
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