Council Meeting Summary: March 11, 2020


The Regular Meeting of Magnolia Village Council was called to order on March 11, 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, Eric White. Also present were Solicitor Kevin L’Hommedieu, Chief Hager, Paul Ciccero (Electric Aggregate), Doug Miller, Mat Hawk, Jay Herstine, and Mark Wadsworth. 

Jim Miller made a motion to excuse Scott Noble from the meeting. The motion was seconded by Claudia Rogers. All Ayes. 

VISITOR’S COMMENTS: Paul Ciccero from Trebel Energy provided information about the Electric Aggregate. The current provider is Dynegy with a fixed rate of 0.0546 through April 2020. The new provider will by Energy Harbor, with a new effective rate of 0.0439 from May 2020 though May 2023. There are currently 217 residents that are active in the program, and 96 have dropped out since the start of the program. The aggregator certificate is effective from February 23, 2019, and it expires February 23, 2021. Mayor Boyd asked what residents have to do to get into the program. Answer: all residents will receive an opt out letter in the mail. If they do join, they can opt out at any time at no charge. 

Mark Wadsworth thanked Chief Hager for contacting the residents mentioned at the last meeting to clean up their property. 

MINUTES: Jim Miller made a motion to accept the minutes from February 12 and 16 as presented. Claudia Rogers seconded the motion. All Ayes. 

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

MAT HAWK’S REPORT: Mat reported that resident Jack Lidderdale had contacted the Village office regarding the broken cement in the ally apron beside his house at 495 North Main. A discussion followed regarding the repair. The cement chunks will be removed with repair to follow when the weather gets better. 

The volleyball nets will be put up soon, and Mat stated that a new net will be needed. Council asked him to check the basketball nets also. Jim Miller said that he would get the new basketball nets. 

Jessica Miller asked about the new trash cans. Mat said that one of the new ones is out and the other will be put out soon. 

ADDITIONS TO BUSINESS: Solicitor Kevin L’Hommedieu administered the Oath of Office to Water Board member Mark Wadsworth. 

Jim Miller stated that Lorrie Clevenger feels that Molly Murphy is doing well with the new job. He made a motion to pay Molly $1,100 for the month of March, which was seconded by Claudia Rogers. All Ayes. 

OLD BUSINESS: Doug Miller stated that all of the inside cameras are working. The system will be done by Friday. The park cameras should be done by the last week of March. The system will have 11 cameras when it is done. The video for the Village Hall cameras will be accessible for 3 weeks, and the video for the park will be accessible for a month. Chief Hager will have access to the camera feed from his phone. 

Mayor Boyd stated that the meeting times will be OK for council member Scott Noble. Jim Miller made a motion to continue having the monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., which was seconded by Eric White. All Ayes. 

Mayor Boyd contacted Mike Lancaster, Alan Tozzi and Grant Downes regarding zoning. They are all on board to continue working with zoning. Grant said that he and Mike have been looking at zoning regulations from other similar villages, and will have a zoning meeting soon. 

NEW BUSINESS: Boy Scout Troop 157 inquired about the possibility of putting a Library Box in the village. It will be a take and book/leave a book box. No location has been determined yet. 

Grant Downes extended an invitation to speak to the council to the person in charge of the Dark Skies program at Stark Parks – Fry Park. 

Jim Miller explained the situation with Spectrum: the village has been paying for double internet and for 3 cable boxes at an astronomical rate. He and Mike Rogers ran wiring from the police department to Molly’s office, so there is no need for two internet bills. In addition, two of the cable boxes will be returned. Jim ordered a new phone system from Ooma, which will arrive soon, and is only $19.95 per month for a business phone (and the old phone number can be switched over). Jim thanked Mike for all of his help with the project. 


PARKS AND PUBLIC BUILDING: The spring clean up day was discussed. It will be on Saturday, April 18 from 8:00 to Noon. Eric White will check on the trash box. 

Eric asked that people contact him with any issues with the public building. 

He contacted Muskingum Watershed regarding possible help with the pipe in the park, where the orange fencing is. It is eroding. He is also looking into replacing the roof of the pavilion and eat stand. 

SAFETY: Chief Hager read the police report. The letters for the police department arrived, and will be installed soon. 

The quarterly safety meeting was held with East Sparta. They are working on purchasing hand held radar guns. 

A discussion was held regarding “Reduced Speed Ahead Signs” for the area coming into the village from State Route 542. 

Grant Downes stated that Rose Township donated a printer to the police department. 

CEMETERY: Claudia Rogers reported that $675 was collected during February 2020. She reported that Caleb cleaned up the grass area by the curve at the top of the hill in the cemetery, where cars drove into the grass. He would like to put up stakes to keep the cars off of the grass. There are 5 to 6 tree stumps that need to be ground down in the cemetery. 

UTILITIES: No report. 

FINANCE: Jim Miller reported that the OTAS system is balanced through February. 

STREETS AND ALLEYS: Jessica Miller reported that she and Troy Hysong will be walking through the village to see what needs to be done with the roads. 


CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES: Ordinance 2020-04. Motion by Jessica Miller to accept Model Ordinance 2020-04. The motion was seconded by Claudia Rogers. All Ayes. 

Grant Downes made a motion to enter into a dispatching agreement with Nimishillen Township Fire Department for 2020. The motion was seconded by Jessica Miller. All Ayes. 

ACTION ON BILLS: Grant Downes made a motion to pay bills as presented. The motion was seconded by Jessica Miller. All Ayes. 

MAYOR’S REPORT: Mayor Boyd reported that he has been attending many meetings and is getting as much information as possible. He is looking into possible grant money for the village. 

Eric White made a motion to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by Jessica Miller. The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m. 

__________________________ __________________________ Travis Boyd, Mayor Molly B. Murphy 

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