HOLIDAY CITY COUNCIL … With only one council member, Jarrett Funk, absent for the October 20, 2022 Holiday City Council meeting, the group was ready to roll at exactly 7 p.m. which is their scheduled start time. Going around the table from the two with backs to the camera, left to right, are council members Jody Faunce, Chelsea Funk, Cooper Clark, Beau Zuver, Fiscal Officer Laurie Rupp, Attorney Cara Wall, Village Administrator Blair Campbell, Mayor Pam Clark and Councilor Shawn Clark. (PHOTO BYREBECCA MILLER, STAFF)
By: Rebecca Miller
For quite a while, a cable that belongs to Frontier Telephone has been down in front of a Holiday City residence.
A few times it has caused a dangerous situation for a school bus that has to turn around there. Holiday City attorney Cara Wall has contacted them several times but to no avail, so at the village council meeting on October 20, 2022,.
Wall said that she is putting them on notice via email. It remains to see what will be done and when.
Another dangerous situation was discussed at the meeting as well, that being the nearness of the village’s substation, fence, and pylons to the road by Wieland Chase Brass.
Councilor Shawn Clark asked Village Administrator Blair Campbell if a pylon, set up to protect the substation from being damaged in case of accidents, had been hit and pushed over.
When Campbell answered in the affirmative, saying he assumes that a truck backed up in there.
A number of possible solutions were discussed, that might make that corner a safer place.
Councilor Clark reminded council that they need to be aware that the township does the plowing and the village does not want to make that more difficult or less safe.
No solutions were reached despite a good brainstorming session, but they agreed that something does need to be done to keep anyone from “slamming into the building,” or bending more pylons.
In regular business, council voted to approve:
- Ordinance 2022-1D revising 2022 appropriations (suspend and pass)
- Ordinance 2022-7 approving 2023 temporary appropriations (suspend and pass)
- Ordinance 2022-8 amending compensation ordinances from 2003 through 2021 with changes made concerning the Fiscal Officer and Village Administrator (1st reading)
- Resolution R-2022-16 authorizing Then and Now payouts (suspend and pass)
- Resolution R-2022-17 approving the 20/20 project change order #2 (suspend and pass)
Reports were then given with Fiscal Officer Laurie Rupp starting this portion of the meeting. Rupp mentioned the September Financial Report, stating that the expenses for the month were in the amount of $858,744.85, income was $802,048.70 and the balance is $3,830,530.21. Council voted to accept the report and to approve the payment of bills.
Village Attorney Wall said that she drafted the resolution for the change order that they had approved earlier; that she is sending an email to Frontier about the downed cable and that she is working on getting some info on a question brought up at council.
Mayor Pam Clark reported to council that since the last time they met, the village has hosted two Williams County Mayors’ meetings that both went well.
The speaker at the first one was Kelly Gray who spoke about funding available to those in need, and the Ohio Turnpike Commission shared at the second.
Clark also said that she and Blair Campbell had held several meetings to discuss ongoing projects.
In his administrator’s report, Campbell informed council that the pole lines project has started and is going well; 20/20 had questions on tree trimming that have been resolved; and he is working on finding out who is responsible to repair the sinkhole at Menards that is roped off for safety.
The electric bill for the village is going to be going up due to some changes about which their advisor made them aware.
Montpelier Police Lt. Darrell Higby reported that there were fourteen calls in September which is average per month for Holiday City.
He shared some concerns about the semis that continue to park in no-parking areas and asked council to consider some solutions as there are already no parking signs that are not being observed.
In new business, Campbell asked council if they would like him to get some prices to have a new village sign put up to replace the deteriorating one beside the visitor’s bsign.
They agreed that as it is 20 years old and starting to fall apart, it would be good to replace it. He will check into the prices.
Councilor Beau Zuver asked if the storm siren had sounded when it was supposed to and Campbell answered yes, it blew but it did not rotate.
There was some discussion on what their next action should be in order to get the warning siren working correctly. No solutions were determined.
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