Edison resident April (Appleman) Anthony came to the April 14th Edison Council meeting at the invitation of Council Member Sherry Crawford. Crawford recommended her to council members to fill the council member position that has been open since January 1st of this year. Anthony is a long time resident of Edison and was known to all the council members.
Council Member Patti Feustal asked what Anthony would like to see the council accomplish.
Anthony said she would like to see the clean-up and improvements in the village continue. She farms full time with her father and the time of the meeting will be good for her to attend. Council Member, Floyd Wogan recommended her to council and put in a good word since he has served with her on the county’s Regional Planning Committee.
Council approved her appointment to the council seat and Anthony was then sworn in by Village Attorney Denise Martin.
Two Purchase Orders (P.O.’s) were approved for Street Commissioner, Jerry Reeder. $500 was approved for stone for the village stock pile. $150 P.O. was approved for gutters that were torn off the service building by the ice this winter.
Council members brought attention to the section of Railroad Street that is in extreme disrepair with potholes. Reeder said the problem is that the railroad owns that section of the street and they do not have an interest in keeping it repaired. He suggested that Attorney Martin contact the railroad and see if they are willing to lease the street property for $1 (one dollar) and have the village do the maintenance. Martin said she will check into that possibility.
Mayor Sandy Ackerman stated in her report that the committees need to go through past records over the next few months. Floyd Wogan added that the village inventory also needs to be completed.
Ackerman said that Sheriff’s Deputy, Troy Landon had contacted her and suggested that the Sheriff’s Dept. would clean out the evidence storage and allocate additional hours of patrol time to Edison in exchange for the village patrol car. After some discussion, the council had general agreement that it would be best to sell the police vehicle outright. They decided there should be a separate agreement for working with evidence and patrolling the village. They asked Attorney Martin to get more information from the prosecutor on how to handle the evidence in storage.
Council considered two ordinances. Ordinance 2014-03 was for the purpose of selling the police cruiser and allowing Mayor Ackerman to execute the contract for it. Ordinance 2014-04 was to establish the hours of use for the Edison Village Parks. Hours for the parks are to be from dawn to dusk. The Mayor can issue a permit for nighttime use at her discretion and permits are to be obtained at the village office during business hours.
Council voted for Clerk-treasurer, Bruce Seaburn to pay bills for the month in the amount of $9,254.82. The next meeting of the Edison Village Council is Mon. Apr. 28th at 7 p.m.