CARDINGTON — Discussion focused on the possibility of further improvements to Maxwell Park when village council met Nov. 20.
Fiscal Officer Deb Fry is looking into the possibility of grant money to enhance the park which has become a popular place for fishing, picnics and students visiting during the school year to study the river and the natural surroundings. Mayor Susie Peyton said she is pleased with the park’s growing popularity.
Councilman Jim Morris said he notices from his residence that groups of youths and others picnic in the park, sometimes sitting on the ground to eat. He suggested a shelter house be built. Council gave Fry their approval to look into grants for financing.
Fry said there are such grants as Nature Works available through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Village Administrator Danny Wood said the village received three and one half inches of rain the previous Saturday and the waste water treatment plant logged 5.2 million gallons. But that is an error as an estimated 3.2 million gallons went through topping the three million gallon limit, indicating a problem.
He had only one complaint of sewage backing into a basement. Wood also noted there is beaver activity on the river.
In other business:
• Council approved an ordinance authorizing the village administrator to enter into an agreement with the Cardington-Lincoln Joint Recreation Board with respect to services provided by the FO. The recreation board agreed to pay a $1,000 bonus to the fiscal officer for the extraordinary services for 2017.
The recreation board will pay the village for this plus the associated taxes. In exchange the village will pay the bonus to the FO for her “services above and beyond the call of duty to the rec board.”
• Approved as an emergency was an ordinance authorizing the transfer of funds from the tax fund to the general fund.
• Bills totaling $28,786.42 were approved for payment.
• Fry noted with the passage of House Bill 49, changes will need to be made to the village tax ordinance. She said RITA has provided the information and she is sending this to the village solicitor for review.
Fry described the Christmas lights that are being placed in the downtown business district this week by the village. Mayor Peyton said Friends of Cardington is also decorating. She said Christmas in Cardington will be held Dec. 14 with toy bingo being played Dec. 7.
Council will meet next on Dec. 4 at 7 p m, the only meeting to be held that month.