Edison Street Commissioner, Jerry Reeder reported that the new maintenance building was vandalized in the last couple weeks. The door was broken down and destroyed. However, nothing was stolen. He said that the building contains mostly large machinery and salt and grit. They have replaced the door.
It was also reported that the basketball stand and hoop at the park was destroyed and a house in the village was broken into. Nothing appears to have been stolen and Reeder said he suspects some youth were responsible. They are checking with the Tail Light store to see if their cameras show any activity.
Reeder said that Anthony Bush has volunteered to donate a new basketball stand and hoop and have it set in concrete. Council thanked Bush for his donation.
Mayor, Sandy Ackerman reported that Emergency Management Director, John Harsch suggested that there is the possibility of a grant that Edison can use for a weather warning siren. It is through a Local Government Safety Capital Grant program. The Council asked Harsch this summer about getting a weather warning siren for Edison.
Harsch suggested that Edison put some money into the program. When the village puts in some funds, this will go towards points in being chosen for a grant. A siren can cost as much as $36,000. Edison is the only village in the county without an emergency warning siren. Ackerman will follow up on this possibility with Harsch and asked the council to look at the grant website.
The Council voted “reluctantly” to accept the resignation of Reeder as Street Commissioner, effective December first. A purchase order for salt and grit was approved for $800. Trucks and equipment are also ready for winter.
Rod Clinger will take over the Street Department management as Lead Maintenance Worker. His job description includes review of appropriations and expenditures for the street department, request for purchase orders and assignment of street work as needed. It will be his job to inspect and schedule repairs as needed for streets, sidewalks equipment and village property.
Council reviewed and approved temporary appropriations as presented by the finance committee and Patti Feustal.
Fiscal officer, Bruce Seaburn pointed out that there was a small increase in appropriations for audit expenses for next year. There was also a small increase for street lights.
Seaburn reported placing a lien of $600 on the village property that was cleaned up this summer. The property is owned by National Home Investors LLC and the lien is for the clean-up cost of the property that was done by village workers.
Ackerman reported that she sent a list of several properties in the village for clean-up to the County Development office.
Council Member, Eldonna McKinniss reported that there were several street lights that burned out in the village. As Street Chairman, she called Ohio Edison and they came promptly to repair the lights so they are now on at night.
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