Holiday City Holds June Meeting

The Holiday City Council met on Thursday, June 20, 2013, to approve an ordinance regarding RDD, Ltd. (formerly 20/20 Custom Plastics. Diamond Zimmerman of WEDCO (Williams County Economic Development Corporation) was present to request an application of the business into the enterprise zone which would make incentives available. RDD, Ltd. is adding 100,000 square feet to their manufacturing plant at an estimated cost of $2.7 million, and will add ten full-time jobs. This will add $218,400 to their payroll. Council voted to suspend all rules and declare an emergency, and Ordinance 2013-3 was approved, authorizing the Mayor to enter into an Enterprise Zone Agreement with RDD, Lt.

Council also heard the first reading of Resolution R-2013-4, a resolution accepting amounts and rates as determined by the County Budget Committee and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying said levies to the county auditor. This addresses an annual 1.6 millage that they receive every year.

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Clerk/Treasurer Lauri TenEyck-Rupp gave the financial report for the end of May. The village made deposits of $494,530.43. Expenses totaled $480,500.70, leaving a balance of $2,244,275.40. The village’s investment balance was at $172,831.00.

TenEyck-Rupp asked council for permission to sign a contract with Christmas Décor Systems, who provide the holiday decorations for the village. Their three year contract is set to expire, and since there has been no increase in fees for the last six years, there will be a slight increase in the cost this year. The amount will total about $2,900. Council members noted that the company has always done a good job and have been a pleasure to work with, and permission to enter into a new three-year contract was granted.

Acting Mayor Shawn Clark gave his report. He has been elected as President of the Williams County Mayor’s Association. He will be scheduling speakers for the year and keeping track of activities. He asked council for funds to purchase a laptop and any needed software. A motion was made to allow up to $2000 to be spent for a laptop and software, and council voted to approve. A new email account has been set up for the mayor at: mayor@holidaycity.org.

Clark said that there have been a number of families and individuals using the new shelter house, and they are really enjoying it. The shelter and its picnic tables have provided travelers with a nice place to sit and enjoy a meal. It has also been used by employees of Norfolk and Southern Railroad which is adjacent to the property.

A new restaurant is coming to Holiday City. Wynn’s Restaurant will soon be opening at the Ramada Inn. This new venture comes to the village from the same people who run Winchester’s Restaurant in Delta, Ohio. It will be located where the Wabash Cannonball Restaurant was located.

Village administrator Gary Baker was welcomed back to the council meetings. He had recently undergone successful surgery, and had returned to his job earlier than anticipated. He noted that he is feeling well. He reported that Gateway Tank will be making repairs on the water tower and that Norman Noe will be monitoring the repairs as they are made. He noted that Gateway has been honoring their 10 year warranty, and had added five year extension to their warranty.

Baker met with Dennis Gerken regarding the sewer cross-over at 20/20. They have contacted the township and Maumee Valley Planning to begin the process for an Economic Development Block Grant. If they receive the grant, there may be no charge to the town.

The village will contact sources for a storm siren for Menards. The persons providing repairs to the village siren does not wish to make one. Council member Ron Keil, Jr. had contacted representatives from Norfolk and Southern Railroad about ditch cleaning on the railroads property adjacent to the Visitor’s Bureau. The village has also contacted ODOT about jet cleaning the culvert under State Route 15.

In new business, council had been contacted about by Eric Matthews of Cavary’s Cross about a broken steel drainage grate. The grate had been broken by semi-trailer traffic. Baker will take care of replacing the grate, and he will make sure that it is made of thicker steel.

The public is reminded that this is an election year, and that four council positions and the offices of mayor and clerk are up for election. Petitions are due sometime in August. The only council members whose positions are not up for election at this time are Pamela Day and Ron Keil, Jr.

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned. Monthly meetings of the Holiday City Village Council are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

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