Two visitors addressed the Village of Magnolia Council at the regular meeting on Jan. 9. Russell Gentry of TAB Construction Co. and Wayne Wildman of Layne are working for the Army Corps of Engineers on the Magnolia levee.
They will be installing seven 10-inch wells to relieve water presser on the levee. These wells will be 110 feet deep and covered by locked manholes flush with the ground. The men were granted temporary daytime use of the parking area near the ball fields while working on this project.
Village coordinator, Larry Conrad, reported the newly refurbished Torro mower runs like new. He also shared about the misfortune of having the snow plow and the truck break down during the last snow. Both are in good repair now. Salt has been purchased for the streets of Magnolia.
The State of Ohio has changed the requirements for road signs mandating that they be reflective. The village authorized the purchase of new stop signs. There are 70 in the village, almost half of them are on alleys. There was considerable conversation of the most cost efficient way to transition into conformity to the state law. Authorization was given to purchase up to 50 signs.
Solicitor Kevin L'Hommedmieu ran through the process required by law to pursue the lease of a portion of the Magnolia School property to the fire department to build a fire station. One of the first steps is to have the property surveyed. The council agreed to ask the fire department to pay for that expense since it will benefit them. Councilman Steve Loomis, who is also a fireman, shared that representatives from the fire department recently met with an architect and details of the proposed building will be released when available. The agreement the council and fire department are considering will give the firemen 15 years to acquire funding through grants.
Council discussed the frequency of large trucks parked on the road near the Charleston Inn. It was surmised that those driving the trucks are staying at the inn. Mayor Leach will be contacting the owner to request he secure other parking.
The police report reflected 654.5 paid officer hours and 34 auxiliary hours for December. The four police cars have the following miles on them: 32,516, 58,343, 82,672 and 188,916. Department activity for the month included 26 traffic arrests, three juvenile arrests, two DUI arrests, nine crash reports, 13 misdemeanor arrests, two felony arrests and 40 calls for service.
In other business, the council:
• APPROVED the clerk-treasurer's report reflecting $207,232.04 in all accounts;
• APPROVED a contract with Nimishillen Township to provide dispatching for the police department at the same rate as last year, $213 per month for the village;
• HEARD the cemetery took in $1300 in December;
• HEARD an anonymous donor gave $5,000 to the village;
• PAID bills of $16,924.48.