West Unity Chamber of Commerce President Alan Bennett once again joined the West Unity Village Council to inform the Council of upcoming events be hosted by the Chamber. Along with this past weekend’s Fall Fest, Bennett also reminded council of the upcoming Chamber Banquet. This year the Chamber will be honoring Lou Hilkert as Citizen of the Year as well as West Unity business Kinetico for their contributions to the Village.
In legislative matters, council approved Ordinances 2014-12 on emergency and 2014-13 on first reading. Ordinance 2014-12 is the Revised Permanent Annual Appropriation Ordinance. Ordinance 2014-13 is the ordinance that would change the frequency of meetings held by the Council from twice to once per month. The ordinance will require two additional readings to be put in effect.
Village Administrator Ric Beals reported to Council:
•That the weather siren received from the City of Bryan is now installed and was heard during the monthly siren test.
•Well pump #1 has been replaced and is functional.
•That he recently spent two days in Waterville to finish his Junior year of the Tree Commission Academy.
•Testing is still being done on the Norway (red-leafed) Maples. At this point it is believed that a contributing factor to the trees’ problems was last year’s harsh weather. Other potential problems with the trees, however, are being looked at.
•Leaf pick-up will begin the week of October 27th and will end November 26th.
Mayor Peggy Bernath reminded everyone of the upcoming election and that local issues involving the Health Department and Library will be appearing on the ballot.
Fiscal Officer Kim Grime was absent for the meeting as she was attending training but did submit the Income Tax Report, showing revenue as up, to Council.
During Council Member reports, Councilman Dave Short extended his gratitude to both the West Unity Chamber of Commerce and the West Unity Police Department. Short noted the amount of work the Chamber has done planning this year’s festivals and how pleased he is with Police Chief J.R. Jones and the whole of the West Unity Police Department, who continue to work vigilantly to protect and serve the community.
Council entered into executive session for the purpose of discussing employee compensation. No further action was taken.
The next meeting of the West Unity Village Council will be held on Thursday, October 23, at 7:30 PM in council chambers.