MAGNOLIA VILLAGE COUNCIL
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING June 10, 2020
The Regular Meeting of Magnolia Village Council was called to order on June 10 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. Also present were Solicitor Kevin L’Hommedieu, Chief Hager, Mat Hawk,
Mark Wadsworth (Water), Robert Leach, and other residents.
VISITOR’S COMMENTS: Jay Herstine (Water Board) reported that Mark Wadsworth has
resigned from the Water Board. He did not read Mark’s letter because he did not have it.
He reported that (1) the water tank needs to have an ultra sound done on it to determine if
there are weak spots; (2) the meter reading system will be updated and replaced, which will also help the billing system; (3) there is a possibility of obtaining a grant to offset the costs,
but the rates might need to be raised in order to be in the running for the grant.
Resident Dan Joseph proposed edging the curbs along the roads in the village. He will do the
work himself and will donate the cost of a Stihl edger, which is $350.00. After a discussion, it
was determined that the edger will be purchased through the Magnolia FD so that it can be
purchased at a lower cost.
Tim Costello (Cemetery) reported that the cemetery was recently surveyed. There is an
empty area that goes up to Jim Smith’s property. Jim and his family have used that driveway
for years, especially during the winter months, because it is much safer than driving down
his main drive. The surveyors found the original deed for the roadway, which stated that it was appropriated for the use of public street and highway use. The council could re-
appropriate the land for cemetery use, which could add up to 200 grave spaces. After much discussion, the council suggested that the cemetery committee meet and come back to the
council with a recommendation on what to do with the land.
MINUTES: Jessica Miller made a motion to accept the minutes from April 8 with corrections.
Claudia Rogers seconded the motion. All Ayes.
FISCAL OFFICER’S REPORT: The Fund Status was read. Jim Miller made a motion to accept,
which was seconded by Eric White. All Ayes
MAT HAWK’S REPORT: Mat Hawk reported that (1) the sprayer arrived and he put it
together, so that he can spray in the next couple of days; (2) the Army Corp of Engineers is
surveying the canal to see about sediment, and they might dredge it if needed; (3) Stark
Parks has been called about the lack of weed eating by the mill pond; (4) Stark Water Sewer
District will be down to check the catch basins; (4) Plans are in place to paint the curbs on
the village square and to paint the village garage; (5) A resident requested to place more
gravel on a cemetery access road. After some discussion, it was decided to leave the access
road as is; (6) The Trushel building has leaks in it. Eric White will check into it. Mayor Boyd thanked Mat for the great job he did cleaning up the village after that recent storm that brought down many trees and large branches.
ADDITIONS TO BUSINESS: None
OLD BUSINESS: Chief Hager reported that he will can bid through the state for the radar gun
for about half the price (total $1,463). East Sparta will pay half. Jim Miller made a motion to
purchase the radar gun at the above price with East Sparta to pay half of the amount.
Claudia Rogers seconded the motion. All Ayes.
NEW BUSINESS: Jerry Schilling has resigned as the liaison for Quad Ambulance, due to
health-related issues. He has been the liaison since 2008. He recommended Steve Loomis,
who agreed to serve as of July 1, 2020. Grant Downes made a motion to accept the resignation of Jerry Schilling and to appoint Steve Loomis as liaison for Quad Ambulance, as
of July 1, 2020. Scott Noble seconded the motion. All Ayes.
A resident complained about the parking at the intersection of Plum and Carrollton. Cars are being parked too close to the stop sign. Chief Hager said he could take care of the issue.
The police Dodge had front end damage and the cost to repair will be $1,200.00. Chief
Hager recommended that the repairs be done, and he will begin to look for another demo
car. Jim Miller made a motion to repair the vehicle at a cost of up to $1,400.00, which was
seconded by Scott Noble. All Ayes. Molly Murphy will contact the insurance company
regarding the damage.
PARKS AND PUBLIC BUILDING: Eric White reported that the state has recently allowed
parks to be open with proper signage regarding social distancing. Jessica Miller offered to
print the signs.
Eric has contacted several contractors regarding the Village Hall repairs, but many do not
return calls or show up for quotes. He will continue to contact them.
The playground inspection was recently completed on May 20, 2020, and the report was
shared with the council (attached)
SAFETY: Grant Downes read the safety report from May 2020: East Sparta, 242.5; Magnolia,
263.5; Total 506. Magnolia traffic stops – 2; East Sparta – 0. Magnolia traffic arrests – 0;
East Sparta – 0. Magnolia calls for service – 13; East Sparta – 13. There were 3 agency
CEMETERY: No report as Claudia Rogers was excused from the meeting due to the
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
FINANCE: Jim Miller made a motion for the Consent Legislation (See Ordinances below).
Jay Herstine asked about the status of the Fire Loan. Payments have been made to both the
state loan and the loan at the Bank of Magnolia, but neither Jim no Molly had the balance
information with them at the meeting.
STREETS AND ALLEYS: Jessica Miller reported that the $30,000 quote that she received
from Tim Mahony for chip and seal for alleys was for a double coat of chip and seal. She
contacted Milhoan paving regarding the rubber crack filler for the asphalt roads. They
stated that the best way would be to buy a box of filler and store it in the village, and then
hire them to fill the cracks at a cost of $85/hour. The cost of the filler would be $2,160.
The alley sidewalk project (Lidderdale) is still ongoing. The residents involved are still getting quotes on concrete.
SOLICITOR’S REPORT: No report
CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES:
Ordinance 2020-07: Consent Legislation for micro surfacing of SR-183 from east of North
Cline Street to the North Corporation Limit in the Village of Magnolia. The motion was made
by Jim Miller and seconded by Jessica Miller. 5 – Aye votes; 1 vote absent.
Ordinance 2020-07 is hereby declared to be an emergency measure to expedite the
highway project and to promote highway safety. The motion was made by Jim Miller to pass
the ordinance on an emergency basis, which was seconded by Jessica Miller. 5-Aye votes. 1
Ordinance 2020-08: To adopt the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES)
Act. The motion was made by Jim Miller and seconded by Jessica Miller. 5 – Aye votes; 1
Ordinance 2020-08 is hereby declared to be an emergency measure to promote public
safety. The motion was made by Jim Miller to pass the ordinance on an emergency basis,
which was seconded by Jessica Miller. 5-Aye votes. 1 vote absent.
ACTION ON BILLS: Eric White made a motion to pay bills in the amount of $44,385.08 as
presented. The motion was seconded by Scott Noble. All Ayes.
MAYOR’S REPORT: Mayor Boyd thanked the Magnolia Fire Department for allowing the
council to meet in their facilities so that social distancing could be done.
He thanked Grant Downes and Scott Noble for hosting the past two council meetings on
Zoom. He wonders if this type of meeting could be incorporated somehow moving forward,
since more people were able to attend.
He thanked Sandy Valley Legion Post and Jessica Miller for their work on the Memorial Day
The Magnolia T-shirt project went well and they are entirely sold out of shirts. Thank you to
Kevin Greer who made a donation to the project.
Eric White made a motion to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by Scott Noble. The
meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.