Stryker Village Council OKs Public Hearing For Possible Retail Store

By: James Pruitt

The Stryker Village Council approved three pieces of legislation at its meeting Sept. 12.

Council passed Ordinance 2016-05 which repealed Ordinance 2015-8 which set the salaries, benefits and certain duties for elected and appointed officials and hourly employees. The legislation was needed to set the salary for new Administrator Alan Riegsdecker.

His salary will be $1,816.80 bi-weekly.

No other salaries were affected.

The council approved Resolution 09-2016-4 which sets a public hearing for 5 p.m. Oct. 10 to hear a proposal to amend the Zoning Map. The request comes from Joe Johnston of Gresham, Smith and Partners, to build a retail outlet across from the school track south of downtown.

It is believed the request is for a Dollar General store.

The council also approved Resolution 09-2016-5 to approve the state to come in and inspect the village’s bridges.

In other news:
Village revenues were 111,000 and expenses 102,000 since last meeting, Fiscal Officer Beth Rediger reported.

Council discussed the potential 2017 CDBG grants available.

Crews from CCNO have done some painting at the depot.

Council discussed blighted properties and what impact the county’s Land Bank will have on cleaning up those sites. The county is waiting to hear back from the state on its application to be approved for grants up to $500,000.

There are two properties in Stryker that are on the county’s list for the Land Bank, Mayor Beck said.

Council also talked about what to do with some unsightly yards with grass and straw. There was talk about having the village solicitor send out letters informing property owners they need to clean their yards.

Police Chief Schlosser cautioned against having the solicitor send letters without citing sections of village ordinances. He said he won’t ticket people who yards are in bad shape since there is nothing in the codified ordinance that prohibits grass or straw over drains.

The solicitor said it would be helpful if the ordinance was more specific.

Council will discuss specifics in the future.

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