EAST SPARTA --When village council met on Jan. 21, village solicitor Robert Cyperski reported about several items on which he is working.
Cyperski said after much research and effort, an address for the cell tower in town has been given to the post office. The address is 2753 Westbrook St. SE, Magnolia, 44643. Council approved the address.
The solicitor said he had received a letter from the an attorney regarding the purchase of the Neuman property. The attorney, he said, is applying pressure to speed up the sale, although the Environmental Protection Agency has not approved the site for the village well. Cyperski reminded council a provision was added to the purchase agreement that the purchase of the property was contingent upon EPA approval. He said council may have to move on the purchase soon.
Magnolia Police Chief Jeff Hager presented the police report to council. For December the following activity took place in East Sparta: four traffic arrests, two misdemeanor arrests and nine calls for service.
Work coordinator Joe Kostic reported on 2013 paving plans for the village. He has four streets on his list for paving, but he asked for council's opinion. The streets are Pine, from Chestnut to Willow; Chestnut, from Pine to Walnut; Elm, from Walnut to Pine; and Walnut, from the town pump to the bridge.
Kostic said the guard rail on Willow needs replaced, and he is getting price from the county. He added that the creek is eroding the bank on Main and causing roadway to fail. Needs to be addressed soon
In other business, council:
• ACCEPTED the minutes of the Dec. 17 meeting;
• ACCEPTED the minutes of the Dec. 21 special meeting;
• ACCEPTED the minutes of the Jan. 9 reorganizational meeting;
• HEARD the second reading on resolutions for rules of council and on the fire safety officer;
• OPENED bids to purchase a 1995 F350 and accepted the bid of Mike Audi of $5,300;
• HEARD financial reports that were presented to council;
• HEARD the water board contacted Marathon for assistance with Environmental Protection Agency, and tentatively scheduled a meeting with Marathon on Feb. 7;
• HEARD the mayor stated he is going to keep village council committee assignments the same for 2013 as it was in 2012;
• LEARNED from the mayor that Williams Toyota owners wants to add on to their building; the parcel that is now used for parking is zoned residential and needs to be rezoned as industrial; Cyperski will investigate;
•WERE visited by Boy Scout Tanner Stelluto who updated council about his Eagle Scout project to install a bell tower on the old school property to house the bell salvaged from the old East Sparta School; council member Jackie Truax will get Stelluto in contact with Lang Monument who is working on a base;
• HEARD Shelly Wood, of the Sandy Valley Community Park, addressed council and said the park board will have fees and rates by next meeting;
•PAID bills totaling $21,564.58.