At their Nov. 11th meeting, the Edison Village Council discussed the need for two new village council members. Council asks that people contact village council members or the village office if they are interested in serving as council members. There are presently two open seats to be filled in January, 2014.
Council members heard the first reading of Ordinance 2013-09 that modifies monthly sewer rates for the Village of Edison. Rates will increase a small amount to $43.99 monthly per house or apartment inside the village and $62.50 per house or apartment outside the village.
Street Commissioner, Jerry Reeder said the rate change is needed for good maintenance of the sewer system. Last year operating expenses were two thousand dollars more than the amount of collections. The rate will be effective in February, 2014.
A copy of the ordinance listing fees for businesses both inside and outside the village is located at the Edison Post Office, Edison Municipal Building, Edison Barber Shop, Elite Body Images and Korner Klippers Beauty Shop.
Reeder requested a Purchase Order of $250, which was approved for new and replacement tools. He said a new street worker, Gary Scott has been hired. The Council also approved a letter presented by Mayor Sandy Ackerman to be sent to Paul Darling. The letter concerns the options to trade or purchase the East State St. railroad easement property he asked about in October.
Mayor Ackerman said she was requested by the state to write a letter saying the police department was now active. This would be required for processing the JAG LE grant for police department funds.
Village Attorney, Denise Martin said the mayor should check with the state grant person to see what meaning they attach to the word “active”. She added that it was important not to misrepresent the status of the police department if active means having a police officer on duty. If it means “active” only on paper then it would be accurate.
Council member, Patti Feustal raised the point that in any case the money is not there to begin reactivation of the police dept. She added that the only thing that got them through the year was the sale of the patrol car.
Martin suggested that it might be wise for the village to have a “recovery period” before reactivating the police department. Next year would be another year to consider a grant after a recovery period. She asked what other options are available and reminded the council to look at how the neighborhood watch is going.
One option would be to hire a special duty officer on contract with Mount Gilead for 15 hours per week at $21 per hour. Another suggestion was to look at what Chesterville and other villages were doing for police and mayor’s court. The village is still under the protection of the Sheriff’s Office at the present time.
Council Member, Sherry Crawford said she has concerns about traffic safety without any police in town. Floyd Wogan agreed, but said, “We don’t want to get the village in trouble financially.” Council approved a motion to have the mayor write a letter saying the police department was active, provided that the state approves the definition of active as the department is at present.
The next meeting of the Edison Village Council will be Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building.