Council Meeting Summary: February 13, 2019

Magnolia Village Council
Regular Meeting February 13, 2019

The regular meeting of Magnolia Village Council was called to order February 13, at
7:00 PM at the Magnolia Village Hall by Mayor Leach. All council members were
present. Also in attendance were Village worker Matt Hawk, Fire Chief Donnie
Nicholson, and Stark County Treasurer Alex Zumbar.

Alex Zumbar, Stark County Treasurer, outlined a new program for Stark County’s Homeowners. The Fix-It Funds Program is designed to help taxpayers repair or remodel their homes at interest rates up to 2% below the bank’s current rate. The loans may be used for repairs, remodeling, property upgrades and code compliance with few restrictions. The program is for owner occupied dwellings with a home value (not including land) of $250,000 or less. The loans may range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $50,000. Three banks in Stark County are in the program: Westfield Bank, First Commonwealth, and Farmer’s National Bank. More information may be obtained by visiting the Treasurer’s website at

 The Fiscal Officer’s Report showed a balance of $323,678.68 in all funds.
Outstanding bills to be paid totaled $8, 856.81.
 Village worker Matt Hawk informed council that he has applied 1 ton of patch as
weather has permitted and he repaired the leaf blower and snow blower.

New business
 Councilperson Claudia Rogers stated that she is working on getting more
snowflake decorations for the village streets. She has commitments for 12 and
will need 8 more to finish North Main and Harrison Streets. Anyone wanting to
sponsor a snowflake may contact her for more information.
 Heard a resident complaint about a property on Harrison Street.
 Council was informed that the Stark County Health Department, due to increased
costs is requesting an increase in contributions by political subdivisions over the
next five years. Based on the population of the Stark County portion of Magnolia
this would mean an increase of $300 per year by 2024.

Committee reports
 Safety Committee chairman Jim Hunter reported that the police department
worked 314 hours in Magnolia and 206.5 hours in East Sparta. There was a total
of 50 traffic arrests, 8 juvenile traffic cases, three misdemeanor arrests one
felony arrest and 35 calls for service in the two villages. He recommended that
Curtis Gutscher be hired as an auxiliary patrolman.
Fire Chief Donnie Nicholson gave a report of the Fire Department’s activities for 2018. There was a total of 64 incidents during 2018 with an average of 5
firemen responding. The overall average response time was 6 minutes and 13
seconds from the time of the call until the vehicle left the station. ISO completed
its analysis of the structural fire suppression delivery system in Magnolia. Our
classification is three. The Public Protection Classification Program plays an
important part in the underwriting process at insurance companies. Nicholson stated that volunteers are needed of anyone above the age of 18 whether male
or female. You may contact the Fire department for information.
 Cemetery Committee chair Claudia Rogers noted that $350 was collected in
 Finance Chairman Jim Miller went over the appropriations for 2019 and council
passed the Appropriations Ordinance for 2019.
 Streets and Alleys Chairman Grant Downes complimented worker Matt Hawk for his work during the recent snowstorms. He stated that we have purchased additional road salt. The
Corps of Engineers are working at the levee on the east side of Main Street. The
work has left Chaddock place a muddy mess. The Corps will see that the
situation is resolved as weather permits.

 In addition to the Appropriations Ordinance council adopted the Model
Municipal Code for 2019 and an ordinance to transfer funds between

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