Council Meeting Summary: September 11, 2019

Magnolia Village Council
Regular Meeting September 11, 2019

The regular meeting of Magnolia Village Council was called to order September 11, at 7:00 PM at the Magnolia Village Hall by Mayor Leach. All council members except for Jim Miller were present. In attendance also were Fiscal Officer Joe Marcoaldi, Police Chief Jeff Hager, and village worker Mat Hawk.

50th District State Representative Reggie Stoltzfus visited the meeting. He informed council that Magnolia will realize over $22,000 increase in funding for streets and alleys in 2020 and 2021 due to the increase in the gasoline tax. He also said to expect a small increase in the Local Government Share in the next biennium.

The Fiscal Officer’s Report showed a balance of $402,955.76 in all funds. Council approved payment of bills totaling $10,086.13. Village worker Mat Hawk reported on equipment needs. The Kubota tractor will need ballast in the rear tires or wheel weights and the zero-turn mower will need new tires before next spring. He also reported that repairing and replacing lighting and wiring at the utility building on Brady Street is progressing. In preparing for the winter he has ordered parts for the salt spreader. The repair of the catch basin at Chaddock and Brady is nearly complete.

Old business
 Mayor Leach presented the Aggregation Contract for electric service from Trebel, Inc.
 The mayor and council members Downes, and Hunter met with a representative from Quicksall and Associates in preparation for applying for a grant from ODOT for the Local Roads Oil and Shale Program. It is the intention to pave Carrollton Street from the eastern village limit to Main Street if the request is successful.
 Council members Downes, Miller and Rogers met with a representative of Stark Parks to discuss the condition of the mill pond and the canal.

New business
 Council accepted a contract with the Canton Law Department for legal services for 2020 and 2021 for $5000 payable in eight equal installments.
 The snowflakes used for winter decorations will be installed soon. The poles have been marked. John Spencer will do the wiring.

Committee reports
 Police Chief Hagar recommended the hiring of Zachary Troy as an auxiliary patrolman. He satisfactorily completed interviews and passed a background check. Chief Hager also thanked Councilman Miller for his work on the lighting in the Police Department and for the tool kit for the department. Safety Committee chairman Jim Hunter reported that the police department worked 300.5 hours in Magnolia and 241 hours in East Sparta during the month of August. There was a total of 14 traffic stops,1 traffic arrest, no juvenile traffic cases, one misdemeanor arrests no felony arrest and 21 calls for service in the two villages.
 Cemetery Committee chair, Claudia Rogers, noted that no money was collected in August. The committee received a check from the Robert and Mildred Beck Charitable Trust for maintenance and upkeep of the cemetery.
 Finance Chairman Jim Miller was on vacation and not in attendance. Fiscal Officer Joseph Marcoaldi reported that the tax settlement from Stark County of $84,000 had been received. We are expecting Carroll County’ settlement shortly.
 Streets and Alleys Chairman, Grant Downes noted that work is continuing in repairing catch basins.
 Utilities Chairperson Jessica Miller has nothing new to report.
 Parks and Public buildings chairman, Eric White had no report yet on prices for replacing roofs on the Firemen’s eat stand and the newer shelter at the village park.

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