By ZAK GRIMM
The Fredericktown Village Council met for a very short regular meeting on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Municipal Building. Council President Pro Tempore Dean Grogg was absent. Council was made aware of Grogg’s prior communication with the Village Office, and voted his absence as excused.
Council moved very quickly through the meeting’s business, having no pending or new legislation to vote on. When asked, Council members did not have any new or old business to discuss.
Village Administrator Bruce Snell announced that the annual Arbor Day celebration will take place on April 28, 2017. A set time had yet to be decided, but as is customary, members of the Fredericktown High School FFA will join Village representatives along the greenspaces on North Main Street, as well as along Bollinger Drive. A total of 29 trees will be planted, and divided up between the two locations.
Snell also said that there were individuals interested in acquiring Ash and Walnut trees on Village property behind the sewer plant and wastewater plant. A quote from the individuals is forthcoming.
From the evening’s Public Works meeting, Snell provided reporters with a list of brief explanations accounting for the business decided at the meeting. During the spring and fall of 2017, the Village will be performing some crack-sealing around town, which will be taken care of by Village workers.
As previously mentioned in other meetings, the street paving project is likely to be put out to bid in April 2017, with the award coming after July 3, 2017. In other upcoming street department business, a 12-inch culvert under Summit Drive appears to have collapsed, and workers will be replacing it as soon as possible.
Snell said that “No Parking” signage will be installed on North Main Street along the green space from Tuttle Avenue to the northern corporation limit. Also, as the weather permits them to do so, workers will be flushing hydrant valves and exercising hydrants. An failing hydrant on Watson Street will be replaced with an updated American brand, and all future hydrant replacements will be of the same brand, as they are known to be more easily installed, maintained, repaired and rebuilt.
Council went into executive session to discuss the sale of property. As requested by Mayor Day, EMS Chief Rick Lanuzza sat in on the session. No formal decisions were expected to be made.
Council will meet again for their next regular meeting on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Residents are welcome to attend with questions or concerns for your elected officials. It is preferable that residents whom wish to attend with business contact the Village Office prior to the meeting.