Cardington council discusses Maxwell Park
By EVELYN LONG -
Discussion focused on the Maxwell Park when Cardington village council met March 4 in regular session
Councilman Richard Caldwell and Scott Hines, village engineer, led a discussion of Maxwell Park Development. Hines noted theNature Works grant applied for last year was approved by ODNR, Improvements Phase One. This was $60,000 minus a few dollars.
Cost estimate applied for was a drive in entrance, small parking lot; 4x40 pavilion; an 8X24 fishing dock — Estimated package of $79,642.66 submitted to ODNR and they were anticipating $60,000. Also applied for $10,000 from the Peoples Fund, and there was to be a local match from the Maxwell Park fund.
Bob Mermann, who is working on the project, suggested that a check be made with companies who might donate time or materials.
Linda Harvey, who said she was moving back to the village said she “feels this project would be extremely positive for the village, to increase pride in the village and we have a lot of talented people in the village who could do the work. I realize it is a risky business and if we don’t get the project done, we have to give the money back. We have to get the word out and we can involve the churches.”
Marie Gillis and Larry and Jean Smith also commended positively on the project. Jean has been keeping the area mowed.
Caldwell asked if the project is still realistic. They noted there is $17,000 in the Maxwell Fund.
Caldwell said the opportunity exists to work with Friends of Cardington, generate additional funds and gain in-kind help. He suggested that the Marion “Project Play-ground” where all materials were donated and people volunteered to do the project is an example of what we could do.
Mayor Peyton noted there would be engineering fees to consider. Council agreed it is a “doable project.”
Following discussion council approved an ordinance authorizing the village administrator to complete the Nature Works local grant program state/local project agreement with respect to Maxwell Park.
Police Chief John Hinton reported the department had taken 196 calls for service this year. He and Officer Kiefer are working with OHLEG to correct the reporting system that is duplicating numbers in the system.
Lt. Wallace attended training sponsored by MADD, High visibility traffic enforcement. He commented they learned it was going to cost $15,000 for just one DUI checkpoint “so we won’t be doing any DUI checkpoints.”
All officers have been required to take free training online offered by the Attorney General. The training covers several different types of illegal drugs.
Officers have taken three calls for service at the Cardington-Lincoln High School since the last council meeting. He noted that a village resident came to the police department concerned about the drug problem in the village.
Village administrator Danny Wood said activities completed by the village staff since February 18 included the plowing of snow and salted streets; patching pot holes; repairing a broken six-inch water main on Center Street, using the Vac truck. In conjunction with that break, there was a boil advisory and they went door to door and hung door tags. The boil advisory was lifted on Saturday.
He said Peterson is scheduled to move in equipment this week and start construction next week. Official word has been received from DEFA that we have been awarded the money to make improvements to the waste water facility.
Village Engineer Hines, said he has completed a zoning check list that is more user friendly and easier to determine what forms to be used.
Councilman Tim Abraham was given an excused absence from this meeting.
At the close of the 70 minute regular meeting, council entered a 75 minute executive session based on ORC 121.22 (G) (1) and ORC 121.22 (G) (3)
In action taken following executive session on March 4, Cardington Village Council accepted the resignation of John Gersper as the village Fiscal Officer, effective March 4 and authorized the village administrator to enter into a settlement agreement with Gersper from when the date of his resignation is effective.
Council also approved the appointment by Mayor Susie Peyton of Danny Wood as interim fiscal officer.
The next meeting will be held March 18 at 7 pm.