Mt. Gilead Village Council considers fire levy for 2013
By Taylor Kaser
A temporary budget was adopted by the council at their Dec. 17 meeting. Member Steve Hart commented that the temporary appropriations will be used until a final budget is approved. A finalized budget will have to be approved in the coming new year.
Member Ed Kline briefed the council on updates for a fire levy. Exactly when the levy will go on the ballot has yet to be determined. They hope to allow more time for citizen education on the necessity of the levy. Timing of the placement with other levies on the ballot is also being considered, so as not to overwhelm voters.
The process of setting up a specified economic development area, or a C.R.A., is being researched, said Kline, with the help of Village Administrator Dan Rogers and county Development Director Pat Davies.
He also noted that the News Color Press building was sold in an auction, and that an empty restaurant location on the corner of S. Main St. and E. Marion St. downtown will soon be occupied with a new restaurant.
Fire Chief Greg Young reported that Assistant Chief Don Steiger has officially retired and was replaced by Bruce Young. Mayor Mike Porter pointed out that this position is paid $2,000 per year.
Ed Kline and John Curtis were appointed to serve on the Volunteer Fire Fighters board for the year.
Council approved Kevin Kohler to work full time in the solid waste department, he also serves as an auxiliary police officer. That department is currently short handed, noted Rogers.
The village is currently waiting on the Ohio EPA and Federal EPA to take action on the HPM plant on St. Rt. 95, explained Rogers.
A positive update was given by Rogers on the waterline work being done on W. Marion St. He noted that work should be complete after the new year.
Rogers also thanked the council for all of their help and effort throughout the year.