Jackson Center looks to fill vacant council seat

Staff report

JACKSON CENTER — The Village of Jackson Center is looking to fill a vacant council seat.

Village Administrator Bruce Metz reported at the Nov. 9 meeting of the village council that the council position vacated by Jack Toomey needs filled and will be advertised on the village sign, village website, Twitter and Facebook. Letters of Interest for the position will be accepted until Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. with the appointment being made at the Nov. 30 council meeting.

To serve on council you must be an elector of the municipality and reside in the village. You may not hold any other public employment or have any interest in any contract with the village. The term for this seat expires on Dec. 31, 2017.

After the reading of a few ordinances, Metz reported the village has received a 50 percent reimbursement of $11,231 for FEMA’s part for the Tornado Siren from the Shelby County EMA.

The village received a letter from ODNR Nature Works grant for the park, conditionally pending board approval, the village will receive $52,647 in grant money to go toward the park next year.

Metz went on to say that the corn was taken off on the village’s farm ground and their share received was $18,969.

He also reported a credit card machine was installed so the village can start accepting credit card payments. Fiscal Officer Bev Wren reported there will be a 3 percent charge for using a card and the cost will be absorbed by the customer.

Metz reported David Overman was awarded the Hard Hat Safety award from AMP Ohio.

He also discussed the possibility of having a DVD produced of the Village of Jackson Center. This will be demonstrated at the Area Growth Meeting this week and the cost would be $15,000 to $20,000 with the possiblity of the cost being split with Area Growth, the village and possibly the Township Trustees. Mayor Scott Klopfenstein reported that he thought it would be a great advertising tool for the community and also for people to learn about Jackson Center and to preserve history. Metz reported it would also be used as an economic development tool to promote the town.

Metz reported the railroad crossing will be closed on state Route 274 from East Street to Fairview Street from Monday, Nov. 16 through Wednesday, Nov. 18 for repairs.

Police Chief Joe Cotterman reported the 2005 Crown Vic auxiliary car is still having issues. He also informed council that K9 Officer Hiro has had seven drug finds so far.

The next council meeting will be Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

Staff report