Council Meeting Summary: February 12, 2020




The Regular Meeting of Magnolia Village Council was called to order on February 12, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at The Magnolia Village Hall by Mayor Travis Boyd. Members present were Grant Downes, Claudia Rogers, Jessica Miller, Jim Miller, Scott Noble and Eric White. Also present were Robert Leach, Stark County Commissioner Bill Smith, Solicitor Kevin L’Hommedieu, Chief Hager, Don Nicholson, Mat Hawk, JoLane and Gus Elson, and Mark Wadsworth.

VISITOR’S COMMENTS:  Former Mayor Robert Leach thanked everyone for the wonderful reception given in his honor at the Magnolia Methodist Church on Sunday, February 9, 2020.  He also presented the RPC Seminar information to the council members. It will be held at Sippo Lake on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

JoLane Elson addressed the council and reminded everyone that she and Gus donated the portrait of Richard Elson to the Village.  She passed around a history of Richard Elson to the board members. Mayor Boyd thanked them for the generous donation. It is very much appreciated.

Resident Mark Wadsworth expressed concern about the amount of trash and junk that is accumulating at various residences in the village.  A discussion followed.

NEW COUNCIL MEMBER:  Solicitor Kevin L’Hommedieu administered the Oath of Office to council member Scott Noble.

MINUTES:  Jim Miller made two corrections on the minutes as presented:  Mark Leichtamer was temporarily appointed to the water board and under new business, the WOOD from the cut trees was on the sidewalk at the corner of Harrison and North Main.  Claudia Rogers motioned and Eric White seconded to accept the minutes from the January 8, 2020 meeting as corrected. All Ayes

FISCAL OFFICER’S REPORT:  The Fund Status was read. Jim Miller made a motion to accept, which was seconded by Scott Noble. All Ayes.

MAT HAWK’S REPORT:  Mat reported that he received the street signs and he has been replacing them.  He purchased a new STOP/SLOW paddle for traffic control. He attended the pesticide recertification class in Akron.  He put some #4 limestone by the park, which will stay in place better. A discussion followed concerning the timing of the stone placement.  He is still working on the cameras in the park. The council is concerned about the amount of time this is taking, and they suggested giving the camera company a deadline.  

OLD BUSINESS:  The council discussed different meeting dates and times, since one member cannot attend on the second Wednesday of the month due to work meetings.  The discussion was tabled until more information is obtained by the council member.  

NEW BUSINESS:  The Reilly Sweeping Contract was presented and signed.  Mayor Boyd asked about village emails – whether council members could have individual ones under the realm of the village instead of using their individual accounts.  Grant Downes will look into this further.  


PARKS AND PUBLIC BUILDING:  Jim Miller reported that lights at the basketball court need to be repaired.  He is looking for parts and is also looking for a timer for the lights.

SAFETY:  Chief Hager read the police report.  He is looking for wood letters to put on the building for the new police department location.

FIRE: Chief Nicholson presented the 2019 fire report.  The new station will be the new polling place for the Board of Elections.  They had to get new signage to comply with their requirements, but the Board of Elections will provide that signage.  

CEMETERY:  Claudia Rogers reported that there was no money collected for January.

UTILITIES:  Scott Noble was not sure what he needed to be doing for this. Jessica Miller explained what she did each month.  She checked on the street lights, and if any were out, she explained the process to him to get them fixed.

FINANCE: Jim Miller reported that the appropriation work will be done.  Lorrie Clevenger contacted Charles Harris & Associates regarding the end of the year reports, and they said that had not been contacted by anyone.  Lorrie asked for an extension so that the village would not be charged $50 per day.  

STREETS AND ALLEYS:  The oil and gas grant that we applied for did not go through because the traffic counts were questionable.  The traffic counts need to be more specific regarding times/types of traffic/the impact on the roads. The snowflake decorations will be taken down this weekend – weather permitting, and the old wreathes will be updated and fixed.  There is a possibility of getting new banners at a cost of $1,700, with a possible donation toward the cost.

Grant Downes is checking on municipal programs for road salt.


CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES:  Ordinance 2-20-01 and 2-20-02.

ACTION ON BILLS:  Jim Miller made a motion to pay bills in the amount of $20,000.  The motion was seconded by Claudia Rogers. All Ayes.

MAYOR’S REPORT:  Mayor Boyd spoke about how nice the reception was for Mayor Leach.  He asked for continued patience from the board while he gets acclimated to the job, and expressed appreciation for everyone’s help.

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 P.M

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Travis Boyd, Mayor Molly B. Murphy, Fiscal Officer

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