The Metamora Village Council held their meeting on Monday, May 2nd. The meeting took place at 7:00 p.m. followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Council first heard from Deputy Darren Ward from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office who delivered a calls for service report to the village.
The previous report given in person from the Sheriff’s Office was in December. Since then, there have been twenty-six calls including three neighbor disputes, three 911 hang-up calls and numerous ATV complaints.
The Solicitor’s report was then given regarding the question of council members being paid for work done in the village, to which the answer is no.
If a member wishes to be an employee of the village, they must have no part in making legislation and must also wait one year from the time they were on council.
Continuing, a discussion took place regarding properties in the village that are in violation of Ordinance 1321.07. Council was advised that the zoning inspector has the authority to cite property owners whose buildings are not safe.
The fine is for the amount of $100.00 a day until the matter is resolved. Letters should start being sent out to owners letting them know they are in violation and that they could be cited if it is not fixed in a set amount of time.
It was then stated that the property owner of 235 Maple Street called the office with an update on his property. R.J. Lumbrezer and Matt Gilroy are working with him on a grant for his property.
Council was then informed that the solicitor will also be representing Lyons. After the June 6th meeting, attendance of the solicitor will be on a as needed basis.
Council then moved to approve the minutes for the previous meeting that took place on April 18th. A motion was then made and approved to pay the bills as presented before council moved on to old business.
A new employee reference manual has been in the works by Cathy Mossing. The changes made were discussed with council before it was moved to approve the changes.
A new hole was observed in the parking lot at the shop on Mill Street. A discussion took place with it being stated that a quote should be obtained from Jim Bernath for seal coating the walking path and repairs to Memorial Drive.
In new business, a discussion took place regarding items related to the park and with keys. It was stated that the maintenance should try and find out which key belongs to each building. Once this is done, master keys should be kept in a safe area.
In the fiscal officer’s report, Rod Creager at the County Engineers Office was contacted again about cleaning the brush out of 10-mile creek.
No response has yet been received. More contact will be done with the office.
The village received a donation of $600.00 for the Easter Egg Hunt. $500.00 was budgeted for this year’s event with the total cost being at $751.00.
Council moved to approve the left-over money that was budgeted to buy items on clearance for next year.
Council then moved to change the Chicken BBQ from August 13th to August 6th. The band and choir were contacted and asked to perform, with a response not yet being received.
The Memorial Wall dedication will take place on the same day. A discussion will take place at the next meeting for where to serve the chicken halves.
EYA games start on May 9th and go until July 1st. Five of the games are late which will require the lights to be on. The EYA also wished to use the concession stand to sell pre-packaged items.
Some council members volunteered to share in the responsibility for locking up at night.
The first meeting for the Zoning Appeals Board will take place on Wednesday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. With no further issues to attend to, council moved to adjourn at 8:02 p.m.