Anna council discusses sidewalk improvements

Staff report

ANNA — The village of Anna council held its first regular meeting of the month on Feb. 13, during which a resolution was passed determining there to be a necessity to improve sidewalks on Main and Pike streets, also known as the 2018 Sidewalk Program.

Ordinances were also passed to set permanent appropriations for the village of Anna for fiscal year 2018, and to supplement the municipal income tax code of the village.

A third reading was held for an ordinance approving and adopting the updated countywide natural hazards mitigation plan prepared by the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency. The ordinance was subsequently voted on and adopted.

An ordinance to amend chapter 153 of the village of Anna Code of Ordinances, regarding zoning, was postponed.

According to Village Administrator Wayne York, Don Sommers Inc., was awarded the contract to demolish the house at 402 W.Walnut St. Three bids were received, of which, Sommers was the low bid. Village employees have been removing the hedge rows, York said.

Fiscal Officer Stacy Meyer said the current total — as of Jan. 1 — for the 2015-16 audit through the state of Ohio, is at $13,038.

Village Police Chief Scott Evans said the police department was involved in an Interstate 75 pursuit on Feb 10, during which the officer on duty was aware of an assist call for a vehicle traveling with no visible registration. The vehicle was spotted and a stop was attempted, unsuccessfully. The vehicle was later stopped in Miami County. Four pounds of marijuana and two hand guns were discovered in the vehicle.

Evans also presented two candidates for auxiliary officers. Kyle Brown, of Bellefontaine, and Tim Taulbee, of St. Paris, were introduced and various questions were asked of both men.

In other news, monthly village reports were reviewed. Possible financing options were discussed for the utilities going under Interstate 75.

Council also discussed whether to repair or replace cruiser two for the police department. Chief Evans said he will take the Explorer to the Ford dealership for a quote.

A grant for certified mulch at the park and Christmas decorations down Main St. was awarded through the Anna Endowment Fund.

The Anna Endowment Fund has also awarded $2,100 for one load of mulch at the park after a safety inspection of the playground noted the need for one foot of mulch to be added.

However, two loads of mulch are needed. Councilwoman Cindy Naseman recommended applying for a grant through the church for the remaining load.

The council entered into executive session for the stated purpose of discussing real estate before adjourning the meeting.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 at council chambers, located at 209 W. Main St.

Staff report