EDISON — Village Mayor Patti Feustal opened the Dec. 14 meeting of Council with a review of 2020, her first year in office.
Feustal was optimistic as she listed accomplishments of village council this year:
• The village acquired four abandoned properties, paying only court costs of $4,591.50 and sold three at an auction. They are being rehabilitated with restored or new homes.
The village is keeping the property that is adjacent to the village maintenance building.
• People in the village have responded to letters and warnings and cleaned up their yards and many have made improvements on their own.
• New zoning inspector Blaine Cochran is busy with new homes and additions to properties.
• Village contracted with the Morrow County Sheriff for patrolling. Results are beginning to be seen as tickets are being written and residents have an awareness of deputies.
•Trick or treat night was successful with many families participating.
• Sorting of several years of village records is continuing.
• The village now works well with Village Administrator, Mary Neviska, who has supervision of sewer, water and streets.
• A planning commission will meet for the first time next week to plan for several years into the future for projects and grants.
In other business:
• Neviska is pleased that residents are keeping up-to-date with sewer/water payments. The new sewer and water maintenance person is working out well and his fees are more reasonable than past workers.
She said the building on the lot beside the village maintenance shop has been demolished. The house on Union Street will soon be torn down and the home on Enterprise has been refurbished and will soon be occupied.
Council approved Neviska’s request for a new mower for the village in the amount up to $3,000.
• Neviska also requested that street workers who come out on weekends or at odd hours be paid overtime. Village Attorney Rob Ratliff said it is not necessary to have an ordinance for that. The council only needs to decide on a policy for workers hours. After some discussion, council decided to have a policy on overtime take effect after January 1, 2021.
• Several council members were concerned with backyard fires getting out of control in their neighborhood. Feustal and council members agreed that the best answer is to call 911 and report them to the fire department since they are not permitted in the village.
• Feustal gave the Morrow County Sheriff’s deputy report that they have started to write tickets for failure to stop at stop signs and for speeding. Council noted that their presence is being seen in the village and is having an effect.
• Fiscal officer Bruce Seaburn submitted December bills for $12,802.46 and for November of $9,684.61. Council approved bill payment. The largest invoice for Ward & Tarski was for required asbestos remediation of $8,450.