KETTLERSVILLE — The resignation of a council member was accepted by the Kettlersville Village Council during its Dec. 4 meeting. The resignation of Council member Vickey Greer was accepted and council also discussed re-zoning issue on South and Easy Streets.
The meeting opened with the council unanimously approving a transfer of money from the council’s lawn mowing fund to cover expenses, and approving the payment of $1449.63 from an advance on the street fund to the town’s general fund. There was no update on the tornado siren grant and a motion to pay the bills passed unanimously. The town’s expenses for October and November totaled $32,177.36 and a motion to approve a contract with the Van Buren Township for snow removal also passed unanimously.
Greer submitted her resignation, and according to Mayor Eric Kaminsky, no one has expressed interest in completing Greer’s term on council. Should no one come forward, Kaminsky can appoint someone to fill the vacancy.
South and Easy streets are in need of re-zoning. The GPS view of the streets and the legal definitions of the streets do not match, which has caused some mortgage companies to not issue mortgages because of the legal incongruity. The discrepancy dates to the early 20th century, before zoning was performed consistently by surveyors.
An easement by prescription is necessary to resolve the issues, and an easement requires a judge’s sign-off. Kaminsky said that he would reach out to the county solicitor and have the issue brought before a judge.
Kaminsky also mentioned that he had checked with the real estate company in charge of selling the K-Ville Grille, which recently closed its doors, and had received no response.
A recent quote for repairing storm drains and other problems with the town’s street was greater than the total of the street fund, but Kaminsky had been contacted by somebody from his church who could conduct some of the repairs for a lower rate, The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) would have to approve the project because state Route 274 runs through the center of town.
Kaminsky had been contacted shortly before the meeting by a person whose business partner was interested in buying the Well Association buildings and wanted to post signage. Nothing in village bylaws suggested that such a move would bring up any zoning issues.
The next village council meeting was set for Jan. 1, 2019.
The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.