Edgerton Eases Rules On Public Participation At Council Meetings

Residents in Edgerton will have greater access to speak to the Village Council after action by the panel.

Council Member Chuck Wallace, who brought up the question at the Feb. 20 meeting, got his peers to support the motion March 6. The new policy goes into instant effect.

Residents can now call the village office and request they be put on the agenda under public comment. They will get 3-5 minutes to speak on whatever topic they desire.

The public is asked not to wait until the day of the meeting, Fiscal Officer Denise Knecht said.

“Council may not have an (immediate) answer,” Knecht said. “But they will look into the resident’s issue and get back.

In other news,
Council approved the third and final reading of Resolution 2017-01 which allows the Village Administrator to represent the village as a member of the committees of the American Municipal Power Board of Trustees.

The board also approved Ordinance 998 which concerned rounding a supplement to an appropriation of a recycling transfer out of 23 cents.

Village Administrator Dawn Fitzcharles updated the Council on her trip to Washington D.C., to participate in a legislative rally of the American Public Power Association (APPA). American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) and the Ohio Municipal Electric Association (OMEA) participated in the event as an opportunity to learn more about legislative issues impacting the industry and to share their insights first-hand with federal lawmakers and staff.

Nearly 70 municipal officials attended the Rally as part of the AMP/OMEA group, with 27 member communities represented from Ohio, Delaware, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Virginia, joining more than 600 people from public power communities across the nation.

Fitzcharles represented Edgerton Utilities. Edgerton has owned and operated a municipal electric system since 1903. Edgerton’s primary focus is to provide diversified, reliable and affordable service, which is locally owned and controlled. Edgerton is a member community of AMP and holds a board seat on the OMEA.

The village has filed its annual financial report with the state auditor.

The monthly financial update shows the village is right on track. The village may receive some real estate tax revenues in March.

The council also heard about a website through the state Treasurer’s office called Ohio Checkbook, the site shows government spending and offers some transparency, Knecht said.

James Pruitt may be reached at publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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