The regular meeting of Magnolia Village Council was called to order May 8 at 7:00 PM at the Magnolia Village Hall by Mayor Leach. All council members were present Also in attendance were Chief Hager of the Police Department and Cindy Mayle, Fiscal Officer.
The Fiscal Officer’s Report showed a balance of $434,310 in all funds.
Village worker Mat Hawk reported that he is keeping up with the mowing while
also working on repairing catch basins. The catch basin on Levy Circle is broken
underground and will need to be formed before concrete can be poured.
Another window on the second floor of Village Hall has been broken. Boy Scout
Troop 157 has taken on the project of repairing the broken windows on the
second floor. The Boy Scouts and Cub Scout Pack 57 use the second floor as
their meeting rooms.
After discussion of a property on North Carrollton Street, Chief Hager was
directed to talk to the owner about cleaning up the property.
Fiscal Officer Mayle was given a one-time payment of $500 for the time she has
spent in transitioning the office to the Village Hall. Out going Fiscal Officer Kathy
Sickafoose will be paid $15.00 an hour on an as needed basis.
Memorial Day Ceremonies will be held on May 27. The parade will form at the
Finefrock-Gordon Funeral Home and step off at 10:40. The ceremony will be at
the Magnolia Cemetery at 11:00.
Granted a request by the Magnolia Area Historical Society to close a portion of
Basin Street on June 22. They will be hosting Celebrate Magnolia! Kemp
Blacksmith Shop Grand Opening. The Blacksmith Shop was donated to
Magnolia Area Historical Society in 2016 by Lesa & Robert Kemp Jr. Rob is the
fifth generation in his family to be a blacksmith. The first was Lewis Kemp, first
mayor and first blacksmith in Magnolia. Rob has completed a restoration of the
barn. In celebration the Historical Society is having a time of music, historical
displays, horse lectures by Nicole Churilla, a children’s performance directed by
Chey Schubert, and lots of activities for children and adults.
Heard a concern that a residence on Harrison Street is being used as an auto
repair business. Chief Hager will investigate.
Utilities Chairperson Jessica Miller has nothing new to report.
Finance Chairman Jim Miller reported that two levies will expire this year. The
levy for the construction of the Fire House will end. Solicitor L’Hommedieu was
instructed to prepare an ordinance to renew the levy for the Fire Department
contract for fire protection.
Streets and Alleys Chairman Grant Downes said that Troy Hysong has started
patching the potholes in the Village. He is pleased with his work.
Parks and Public buildings chairman Eric White noted that the Water
Department will begin draining the water tower tomorrow. Cleaning and repairs
will be made to the tower. Residents may notice a reduction in water pressure
while the work is going on. The Fire Department has contingency plans in case
of a fire in the village.
Safety Committee chairman Jim Hunter reported that the police department
worked 246 hours in Magnolia and 246 hours in East Sparta. There was a total
of 37 traffic stops, 3 traffic arrests, no juvenile traffic cases, no misdemeanor
arrests, no felony arrest, and 37 calls for service in the two villages. Chief Hager
noted that the bulletproof pass through window has been installed in the police
department. Thanks go to Kevin Greer and the Bank of Magnolia. It was also
decided to declare the 2003 Chevy Impala as no longer needed by the police
department and to offer it for sale.
Cemetery Committee chair Claudia Rogers noted that $1,350 was collected in