New Edison Village Council Member April Anthony was welcomed to her first full meeting of the Council on April 28th.
Street Commissioner Jerry Reeder said the street department was beginning their summer work and requested a Purchase Order for $60.00 for hauling of stone. Reeder said he would need another street maintenance worker, but that he has substitutes that he can draw on at present.
Council Member Patti Feustal said that the Personnel Handbook review had been recommended by their insurance company and that she would be starting that soon. Feustal said that she had also received a concern from a citizen that their neighbor had a child with a 4-H hog for a project. Feustal told her that there are village rules that prevent farm animals in the village. However more details on the animal would be needed before any notification could be given.
Mayor Sandy Ackerman reported that there are still two police officers who had not turned in their equipment. They are Brandon Jacobson and Chris Lawson. Village Attorney Denise Martin said she will act on getting the equipment returned.
Edison Village Fiscal Officer Bruce Seaburn was glad to report on the notice he received from First-Knox Bank that the loan for the Village Building roof is paid.
The Council heard the second reading of the Ordinance for Park Hours for the Village. Hours are to be from dawn to dusk for the parks. The Mayor can issue a permit for nighttime use at her discretion and permits are to be obtained at the village office during business hours.
Council voted to pay bills for the last two weeks of the month in the amount of $2,781.91.
Attorney Martin said that she had contacted CSX on the railroad right of way that is in need of street repair. She noted that the village is presently using it at the company’s discretion. She has also contacted Mount Gilead Administrator Dan Rogers, who has connections with CSX management. She is hopeful that they can come to an agreement on the repair of the street by the village.
There was some continued discussion about the police evidence lockers to be processed. Martin said there may need to be an appointment of a special prosecutor to identify evidence properly that has been through prosecution. She said she might be able to eliminate some that has gone through Edison’s court.
Feustal said she would like to see a definite estimate of the time and expense involved in taking care of the evidence lockers. Martin said she will contact the Prosecutor and Deputy Landon to resolve the matter.
There was general discussion and agreement that the sale of the car is needed to secure funds for the evidence clean up. Martin said she has discussed the question of the outright sale of the cruiser vs. the trade of the cruiser for patrol time with officers. The council agreed that they prefer to sell the cruiser to a village, county or other official law enforcement department rather than a private person.
The next meeting of the Edison Village Council will be Monday, June 9 at 7 p.m.