Edon Village Council Learns Cost For Park Improvements; Announces Public Hearing

VR LOGO - WEBHearing projected costs for upgrades at Walz Park was part of the light agenda addressed by Edon Village Council during its regular session held Monday, October 20, 2014 at Village Hall. Mayor Darlene Burkhardt called the evening meeting to order with Councilors Roxana Nester, Lee Lawrence, Duane Thiel, Richard Chapin, Chuck Bidwell, Gale Horn, Fiscal Officer Heidi Bidwell and Solicitor Tom Thompson in attendance; Board of Public Affairs members Andy Ledyard, Warren Henry and Chip Hulbert were present as well.

Over the past few months, identifying areas for improvement at Walz Park has been an interest and focus of discussion by members of the Village’s Park Board. According to Board President Martha Michael, one plan now under consideration calls for the removal of the park’s existing tennis court and adjacent fencing and to replace the site with fill dirt.

As with all projects, financing the undertaking must be addressed before moving ahead. While the Village would have fill dirt available to help create a more functional and practical recreational area within the park, getting rid of nearly three hundred tons of debris ~ at a cost of fifty-six hundred dollars ~ is another story.

To help offset expenses, Park Board members inquired if funding for phase one could be appropriated in the 2015 Village Budget. Then, once primed and ready, the area would be filled with new playground equipment secured through donations.

The Park Board has directed its attention towards the basketball court at Walz Park as well. While exploring how best to deal with its current condition, members were quick to point out regardless when restoration gets underway, they will be looking at a very large expenditure. One possible solution to finance the project would be a park levy; this future option will most likely be taken up for review as warranted.

In the meantime, Park Board members will keep Council apprised of their ideas as they work together to develop Walz Park into a wonderful place for the community to enjoy.

Additionally that evening, Council scheduled a Public Hearing at the start of the November meeting to solicit comments, concerns, testimony, etc. regarding its proposed zoning amendment. Slated for approval during the evening’s session, the revised Village Planning and Zoning Ordinance (Part 11 – Chapter 1175) would now include a twenty dollar fee for temporary accessory structures.

In other business brought forward, Council:

•Heard Police Chief Tom Szymczak’s detailed Service Log and Vehicle Report for September. He additionally noted the department had provided escort for the annual EHS Homecoming Snake Dance and would be watching traffic during the Village’s upcoming Trick or Treat and Haunted Forest events; he also attended the recent county-wide meeting with State Attorney General Mike DeWine.

•Learned from Street Superintendent Jim Brigle that fifty tons of salt for the upcoming winter season had arrived; leaf pickup is now underway through November 26.

•Reminded everyone the Village’s annual Trick or Treat Night was slated for Saturday, October 25 from 6-7:00 p.m.

•Accepted the Minutes, Financial Report and Bills as presented.

•Voted to enter into Executive Session with Edon BPA prior to adjournment for the expressed purpose of discussing personnel; no action was taken.

Edon Village Council will convene with Edon Board of Public Affairs in Joint Executive Session Monday, November 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss potential hiring of personnel; their next regular monthly meeting is set for Monday, November 17 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Village Chambers.

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