Council Meeting Summary: July 8th, 2020



The Regular Meeting of Magnolia Village Council was called to order on July 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Magnolia Fire Department by Mayor Travis Boyd. Members present were Grant Downes, Jessica Miller, Jim Miller, Scott Noble, Claudia Rogers, Eric White and Fiscal Officer Molly Murphy. Jessica Miller was present via Zoom. Also present were Solicitor Kevin L’Hommedieu, Chief Hager, Mat Hawk, Don Nicholson, Jay Herstine, and Jamie Crowe.


MINUTES: Eric White made a motion to accept the minutes from June 10 with corrections. Claudia Rogers seconded the motion. All Ayes.


MAT HAWK’S REPORT: Mat Hawk reported that he fixed two catch basins – they were full of silt. There are two other catch basins that need to be repaired. (2) He has been mowing and painting curbs. (3) There was trash thrown in the paper bin and the cameras were not working to record the issue. (4) Two baseball teams are using the fields until the end of July.

ADDITIONS TO BUSINESS: The mill pond is full of algae and is starting to smell. There was a discussion about the repercussions too much algae, including health concerns due to the spores. A letter will be sent to Stark Parks.

OLD BUSINESS: Jay Herstine reported that Jamie Crowe has offered to be on the Board of Public Affairs. Grant Downes made a motion to appoint Jamie Crowe to the Board of Public Affairs, which was seconded by Claudia Rogers. All Ayes. Mr. Crowe was sworn in by Solicitor L’Hommedieu.

NEW BUSINESS: A resident who resides on High Street asked about removing the brick sidewalks in front of their home. They are completing some landscaping and might install a retaining wall. Magnolia Ordinance 905.01 and 905.02 state the requirements landowners to maintain sidewalks. Eric White stated that if a resident removes a sidewalk, they should replace it. Grant Downes will reach out to the resident to find out about the scope of the work, and remind them that they will need to follow zoning setbacks, etc. Scott Noble asked if there is an ordinance regarding vicious dogs. Chief Hager stated that there are state laws regarding vicious dogs and leash requirements. He stated that residents who come in contact with a vicious dog should call the dog warden.


PARKS AND PUBLIC BUILDING: Eric White reported that he received quotes for painting and/or siding the town hall. After much discussion, Jim Miller proposed to table the issue until the next meeting.

SAFETY: Grant Downes read the safety report from June 2020: East Sparta, 218.5; Magnolia, 242. Magnolia traffic stops – 5; East Sparta – 12. Magnolia traffic arrests – 0; East Sparta – 1. Magnolia calls for service – 8; East Sparta – 14.
Chief Hager reported that the Dodge has been repaired at an amount that was less than expected. He shared the Law Enforcement Certification pamphlet, which outlines the long process to go through for certification.
At the last safety meeting with East Sparta, the radar guns were discussed. East Sparta would like to purchase two. Jim Miller suggested that we purchase one, and then order another one if needed.
Mayor Boyd spoke to the Louisville police department regarding the “Your speed is” signs for speed control. The signs run $5,000.
There are several trees in the village that need to be removed – one at 322 Carrollton and another pine tree at 150 Plum. It is the owner’s responsibility to have them removed.
Chief Nicholson asked about the four brick columns at the entrance to the fire department. The columns were donated to the former school by graduating classes, and they are in need of new top caps. Claudia Rogers will contact the alumni association.
Nicholson reported that the new statue and sign are completed in front of the fire department. They are moving forward with the meeting room in the building. A grant was received and the room should be completed by the end of September.
Jessica Miller is getting information regarding hand held UV lights that are used to disinfect surfaces.

CEMETERY: Claudia Rogers reported that $175 was collected in June. She asked the council members to drive through the cemetery to view the limbs hanging down in the cemetery so that they can be discussed at the next meeting.

UTILITIES: Scott Noble reported that no street lights have been out. He attempted to contact the gas company regarding the markings on the roads, but no one has returned his calls.

FINANCE: Jim Miller reported that the audit went better than expected. He also talked about the Fire Department loan…..we are on track with payments. The closed-circuit system in the park was replaced and an additional camera was installed at a cost of $2,300. Jim Miller made a motion to split the $2,300 bill with the water department. The motion was seconded by Claudia Rogers. All Ayes.

STREETS AND ALLEYS: Jessica Miller spoke about repairing pot holes in the alleys. This has to be done before the chip and seal process. She has heard nothing further from the Lidderdale’s regarding the alley/sidewalks.



ACTION ON BILLS: Claudia Rogers made a motion to pay bills in the amount of $32,059.86 as presented. The motion was seconded by Scott Noble. All Ayes.

MAYOR’S REPORT: Mayor Boyd reported that Nikki Deford from The Nest asked for approval to have a Cruise in on August 5 at the village parking lot by the recycle bins, since there is not enough room in the restaurant parking lot. A discussion followed regarding face masks and social distancing. There will also be a rabies clinic (Carroll County Humane Society) that same night, which will be held under the pavilion.

Jim Miller made a motion to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by Claudia Rogers. The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

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