The Metamora Village Council held their meeting on Wednesday, June 22nd. The meeting began at 8:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance before moving to approve the June 6th council meeting minutes. Reading of the bills took place next with the list being approved as presented.
Moving to personnel and finance, a motion was made and approved to increase several employee wage accounts by $19,900.00, several employee benefits accounts by $8,150.00 and the uniform account by $1,000.00 due to having additional employees hired in this year. An increase of $1,500.00 was also approved for the street account for Allied Paving.
Money may need to be moved for the NatureWorks Grant in the future. If the grant is awarded, the village will need to pay their portion equaling $26,287.00 for the new playground.
A discussion then took place regarding the chicken BBQ currently scheduled for August 6th. The idea was to hold the BBQ at the same time the Memorial Ceremony would take place.
This will be postponed until next year and if the grant is awarded, it will be incorporated into that ceremony at the same time.
It was decided to sell the chicken halves at the T-Mart on August 6th. 500 chicken halves will be purchased to sell for $7.
Craun Liebing will be contacted to see what the status is for the repair of the pump that belongs at the lift station.
Buckeye Pumps will also be contacted in order to have them come out and look at the lift stations to verify what kind of pump is needed if a new one was to be ordered.
Quotes were received for a portable Honda generator to be used for small projects like pumping at the reservoirs, emergency purposes and if the catch basin gets full.
The estimate was received from Thomas Equipment with the prices starting at $1,129.00 and increasing from there. A motion was made and approved to buy a new generator at a price not exceeding $1,500.00.
It was then stated that new weed whackers are needed. A tool wish list was also discussed with it being decided to purchase new tools at a total price not exceeding $4,000.00.
The small tools expense line was then increased by $4,000.00. In old business, the property owner who was in violation of a village ordinance has complied and removed the hanging wooden boards from his building.
Council stated that they would like a letter sent to him to thank him and to ask for his continuation regarding the safety of his building.
The party in the park event was then discussed with it being moved by Council to refund the deposit for the Chamber of Commerce for their park rental.
In new business, a review took place for door hangers for smoke testing which is to begin on July/August as provided by CT Consultants.
A discussion also took place regarding the unlocking of the park shelters when they are rented. It was decided that they should only be unlocked on the day of rental with no more early access.
For the fiscal officer’s report, it was stated that the NatureWorks grant is ready to submit. The total cost of the project will be $54,458.00 with the ODNR grant money supplying $20,966.00 of that amount.
Anderzack stated that they would donate $7,205.00 to the project as well. This will be if the grant is awarded as the submission may go against others in the county and only one project is given the award.
The town garage sales will be taking place this weekend. A port-a-potty will be located between the old church and the Metamora State Bank. An ice cream truck will also be located at the T-Mart.
Maps are available at the Country Charm, T-Mart, Metamora Library and the Metamora State Bank.
A motion was then made and approved for the village to join the Metamora Chamber of Commerce. The mayor will not be available for the meeting on September 7th. Karon Lane, President, was asked to run the meeting for that night.
With no further business to attend to, council moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 p.m.