West Unity Chamber of Commerce President Alan Bennett was once again on hand at the September 11 regular meeting of the West Unity Village Council to provide council members on upcoming events and plans of the Chamber.
Among Bennett’s updates was a proposal to allow the Hilltop’s Art students to paint a mural at Friendship Park. The Art Department at the school would also take on the responsibility of upkeep of the mural. Because the mural would not be done on public property, council had no objections to the painting of the mural so long as it was agreed to by the effected business owners. Bennett did indicate, however, that he will provide a sketch of the mural to council prior to work beginning so that they are also aware of the actual artwork to be displayed.
Bennett also discussed with council the hanging of two 4’ x 2’ signs to promote the upcoming West Unity Fall Festival. State Bank and Trust has already agreed to allow one sign to be placed in the window of their building on Jackson Street. Several other areas to hang the remaining sign were discussed.
During the meeting, council also:
~Passed a Resolution authorizing a Then and Now Purchase Order that is needed for the payment of an invoice.
~Learned that the Ohio Public Works Commission grant application has been submitted to the county.
~Heard that Woolace Electric has continued work on installing the severe weather siren and that the first Alert86 warnings went out during the previous week’s severe thunderstorm warnings.
~Learned that Village Administrator Ric Beals has recently met with officials from Kamco regarding Kamco’s concerns about pedestrian traffic from the main plant to the plant on Linden. West Unity’s maintenance crew painted a crosswalk across E. Jackson and a sidewalk path south on Linden. The crew will also be adding more signage to the area as well as a pedestrian activated light system.
~Heard that the fire hydrant that had to be taken out for construction on Linden has been installed in a new location.
~Were informed that Beals has began work on tree removal for the upcoming winter and that, due to expense, the Village will be working hard over the next couple of years to get new trees planted. Both Beals and Fiscal Officer Kim Grime also spent time working at the Tree City, USA booth at the Williams County Fair throughout fair week.
~Learned that Fiscal Officer Kim Grime will be out from October 7 to October 10 for training.
~Heard ideas about new outdoor tables and benches that may be installed at the Kissell Building.
Council went into executive session to discuss employee compensation with no further action being taken. The next regular meeting of the West Unity Village Council will be held on Thursday, September 25 at 7:30 PM in council chambers.