Section: News

Village Council: Monday, April 6

by Mary Sawyer

Council approved March 2 meeting minutes and bills paid.

Mayor Kirk Emmert informed everyone that Council member Donna Wilson would be moving and needs a temporary replacement until the fall elections. Kenyon water meters will be tested in June.

Village Administrator Suzanne Hopkins announced Duff Street Stormwater Project is moving along with minor traffic hazards. The salt contract from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be renewed for next year.

Stick it to the Village Days will be April 14 and 20, and event in which residents can place  piles of sticks out by the road for the Gambier Maintenence Crew to pick up. 

Dumpster days , where residents can dispose of trash at the Village Maintence Building, will be May 2 and October 3.

Hopkins was excited to report that a bus stop will likely be put on Gaskin Avenue next to McBride Residence Hall for twice-a-day bus services to and from Mount Vernon. There is no proposed start date.

The sewer plant update stated that only 100 feet of pipe needs replacement. The proposed price tag on the project is $50,000.

Hopkins recommended no picnic shelter bids be approved because they were higher than estimated.

No reports were given from either the clerk-treasurer or solicitor.

Council Committee reported that its next meeting will include discussion of renewal rates.

Planning and Zoning approved the kitchen remodel zoning application and windows in the firehouse proposed by College Township. Kenyon will present summer projects to Zoning on April 21.

Streets and Utilities discussed the 2016 plans for Middle Path. The College proposed a committee including community members for this extensive project.

Council approved a resolution to participate in the State of Ohio Cooperative Purchasing Program.

Council approved a resolution to participate in the ODOT Rock Salt Cooperative Purchasing Program.

Council adopted the second reading of an ordinance to amend ordinance 2006-05, providing sick leave to employees.

Council approved the second reading of an ordinance to amend 2008-09 “Other Responsibilities and Skills.”

Council adopted the second reading of an ordinance setting longevity pay for Village employees.

Council adopted the third reading of an ordinance to amend ordinance 2012-07 user charges.

Council approved the third reading of an ordinance to amend sections 1A and 1B of ordinance 2013-11.

Council adopted the third reading for an ordinance setting a three-percent pay raise for Village employees.

Council agreed to renew employee health insurance.

Council agreed on the upcoming wastewater pipe expenditure of $50,000, split between the reserve and capital budget.

Council approved the $7,000 expenditure for emergency sludge removal.

No formal vote was declared on the proposed Kenyon 5K run. Amendments to the scheduling, route and use of colored powder must be made. Proof of insurance is necessary for liability reasons.

Council was enthusiastic about the proposed Kenyon Triathlon; however, it came to no formal vote. Safety and liability insurance were stressed.


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