Chris Kneipp was sworn in as the sixth member for the Edison Village Council Monday. Kneipp is filling the council position held by Sherry Crawford who passed away in January.
Kneipp said he has lived in Edison for seven years and presently works for JEGs in Delaware County. He is a leader in Cub Scouts and 4-H for his children. He lived in Mount Gilead for 10 years before moving to Edison. Kneipp is a graduate of River Valley High School and served in the U.S. Army during Desert Storm.
In other business Streets Manager, Rod Clinger requested the purchase of 10 trees for the park area in the village. Trees will include dogwoods, Hazelwood, plum and white oak. Council also gave Clinger the go ahead to get rid of several old computers in one of the equipment areas. This will allow more storage room for documents.
Patti Feustal said they are looking planting perennials in the park along with the trees as well as getting a more permanent basketball pole. They are considering swings for the park and looking at liability.
Council accepted the fire contract as proposed by Mount Gilead Council at a special council meeting Feb. 20th. Council member, April Anthony spoke with a Delco staff person about flushing the village fire hydrants. Delco will work with the village and fire dept. to make sure the flushing is done efficiently.
Anthony also checked into the tornado warning system. She is checking on costs with several companies. There are grants available through USDA for small communities for tornado and weather sirens. The cost is $15,000 to $20,000.
Council decided on July 20, 21 and 22 for the annual village garage sale. People can mark off their spot in the park. They can either use the cement slab at the park or use their own garage or yard. There is no charge for participating in the annual garage sale.
Council approved payment of bills and the village Permanent Appropriations for 2017. Fiscal officer, Bruce Seaburn said there will need to be an audit this year and the firm doing the audit said there would be a savings if he takes the records and files needed to their office. He said the audit cost will be approximately $6,700.
The meeting was dismissed for council to go into executive session concerning contract issues. The next meeting of Edison Village Council will be Mon. April 10 at 7 p.m.
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