Magnolia resident and village council are thankful

By TESA STRASSER The Press-News Published:

MAGNOLIA --Don Holder, a village resident, spoke at the regular meeting of council on Nov. 14.

He expressed thanks for "the great job on Canal Street" referring to the recent repaving of that road. Council members calculated it had been close to 25 years since Canal Street was last paved and apologized for the project being so overdue.

Later in the meeting Mayor Bob Leach stated his appreciation for the support of the community in the passage of the levies on Nov. 6. "I appreciate the confidence in council and in the whole village," Leach said.

Council advises those who ran for political offices and placed signs at the town hall to pick them up on Saturday, Nov. 24. Signs remaining after that day will be noted at the next meeting.

Councilman Steve Loomis said a mattress and other rubbish were stacked at the curb at 150 Plain Street. Police Chief Jeff Hager was asked to look into the situation. Loomis also reported the new Magnolia Fire Department sign being created by a Boy Scout is almost complete and looks good.

Village coordinator Larry Conrad received permission to spend approximately $200 to do in depth maintenance on the village Torro mower. He reported he has been busy applying four tons of asphalt to repair roads in the village and putting up Christmas decorations. Park restrooms have been winterized.

The safety committee promoted police officer Michael Balash to patrolman first class. The resignation of auxiliary patrolman Thomas Neiman was accepted and the department also hired three auxiliary officers--Timothy Erickson, Jeffery Reilly and Tyler Miller.

Total paid police hours for October was 685.75, and there were 104 auxiliary hours. Activity included 13 traffic arrests, five crash reports, two misdemeanor arrests and 36 calls for service.

Hager requested the village start to consider the purchase of a new police cruiser. The 2004 Crown Victoria is no longer reliable and needs retired, according to Hager. If a Taurus is purchased, the lights and radios will all transfer from the Crown Victoria, reducing set up costs. The last time a vehicle was purchased for the police department was in 2008.

In other business, council:

• APPROVED a contract for services with the Stark County Public Defender's office starting Jan. 1;

• APPROVED a police contract with Sandy Township for $24 per hour for 2,200 hours for the next year;

• HEARD the cemetery took in $470 in the month of October;

• TRANSFERRED $26,000 to the fire department, from the fire levy;

• APPROVED the clerk-treasurer's report;

• PAID bills of $16,042.87, excluding the payment to Central Allied until their work at High and Main Streets is completed to council's satisfaction.

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