VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR … Edon Village Administrator, Chad Ordway, gave his report to council during the June 20, 2022 council meeting. (PHOTO BY REBECCA MILLER, STAFF)
By: Rebecca Miller
Edon Village Council began the June 20, 2022 council meeting with the annually required joint meeting of council and township.
All council members were present with two of the three Florence Township Trustees, Don Imm and Bert Brown. This meeting is required for an Edon Union Cemetery committee report.
Council member David Loughborough, Township Trustee Mark Trausch and Doug Michael form the Cemetery committee.
Items covered in the meeting included:
- Need for new levy in three years
- Council member needed to be voted in for 2023 so council voted to keep Loughborough in the position
- Costs for use of cemetery
- Possibility of a Columbarium Niche at the cemetery for placement of cremated remains (will be brought up at next cemetery committee meeting)
- Appreciation by village and township of the cooperation in labor and equipment
- Trustees are looking for one new employee
- Trustees will have a Renewal Levy on the ballot this Fall
- Have not been able to get any grants to repair roads
- Have spoken with County Engineer Todd Roth and County Prosecutor Katie Zartman about possibility of putting in some weight restrictions for trucks
- Great job being done by Florence Township maintenance, Paul Green
- Trustee Government is going well
- Meeting adjourned
Council continued their meeting after trustees left, with the approval of previous meeting minutes and financial report and bills. It was announced that the office will be closed on July 4th.
In Committee Reports, Council member Brook Morris shared concerning Safety Committee that they will follow up on the Draft Agreement which had already had some discussion.
Nothing has been done about the data from the speed signs since they were adjusted. For Park Committee, Lee Lawrence reported that the Playground Equipment was delivered, all except the Jelly Bean.
The committee will meet again on July 14 and they will set a Volunteer Build Day at that time. A number of residents have volunteered to help build the playground and they hope to have it all done before Edon Days.
Lawrence also reported for Finance Committee, saying that they plan to do their mid-year review at the July committee meeting.
Chad Ordway, Village Administrator, informed council that A.R.S. (Archbold Refuse Service) will be “tacking on a fuel surcharge of 90 cents per household per month.”
When the fuel goes back down below $4 a gallon, that will drop off. Council voted to approve a motion to accept this decision for the village.
Ordway also shared that he received a Request for Project Qualifications for downtown and he would like two council members to volunteer to go over those with him. Loughborough and Brandon Thiel offered to do so.
The Foundation for Walk Bridge is being done, surface drainage for the playground equipment will be next and then mulching will be done.
In response to a question, he said that the “new hire” is doing well.
In legal business, council voted to suspend and pass the following:
- Ordinance 05-22 Accepting bids for backhoe sale
- Resolution 01-22 Accepting 2022 WC Tax rate per budget commission
- Resolution 02-22 Allow administrator to apply for a Natureworks Grant
- Ordinance 09-22 Accepting Bell Engineering proposal for sewer plant project
Before adjourning, Loughborough asked Ordway to give other council members and Mayor Duane Thiel copies of an article which he had read. He said that in the light of the violence in other small towns of America, they need to be pro-active.
The article was entitled “Busy Streets Theory in Action: Building Safe and Empowered Neighborhoods in Flint’s University Avenue Corridor.”
With no further business that evening, the meeting adjourned.
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