Anna Council approves bonds


ANNA– The Anna Village Council met June 23 to approve the issuance of bonds to Wilson Memorial Hospital.

Julie Covault and Roberta Fisher were there representing Wilson Memorial Hospital for the public hearing regarding the issuance of bonds in the amount of ten million dollars for construction to expand Wilson Memorial Hospital. Attorney Stan Evans summarized the proposal. The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) Public Hearing was opened and there were no comments.

The council then moved to adopt the ordinance issuing the bonds, council member Gary Strasser abstained, the rest of council voted yes.

The council also approved a resolution for addition appropriations for the village.

There was discussion regarding the details of the resolution about interest rates and length of time homeowners have to pay before it is assessed to their property taxes. It was decided to keep the thirty days as required by statute and to change the interest rate to 5%.

Council members all voted yes, except Cindy Naseman who was a dissenting vote.

Mayor Robert Anderson informed the council Auxiliary Officer Dustin Wenrick resigned. Police Chief Scott Evans noted the village was down to four auxiliary officers.

Fiscal Officer Linda Pleiman introduced the newly hired Income Tax Administrator Deb Kremer.

Village Administrator Nancy Benroth reported that the Town Hall has been tuck-pointed and sealed and storm windows for the Town Hall have been ordered.

She said the new web page is completed and she will be backing up the old one and implementing the new one with the help of Shelly Bowman.

Benroth said flyers are available for anyone wanting to rent a booth for the Craft/Vendor/Scarecrows in the Park event on October 11.

She contacted Track Side Treats regarding enclosures for dumpsters. They are working with Crale Builders so it will be about six months before they are completed.

The Public Works Department met and reported to the council they spoke about the following things:

• Young Street update. Will go out for bids later this month.

• Benroth will contact Betty Miars regarding the hole in the Post Office parking lot.

• Village will be purchasing High Water signs for future use.

• Discussed the sulphur smell in the water.

• Naseman questioned the status of the sidewalk program.

Pulfer replied that it will not be implemented this year. Mylar is not done. They also wanted to wait until after the November elections. Naseman stressed that the sidewalk program was approved last year and it was to begin this year.

The Parks and Recreation Committee is preparing for the two programs in July:

• Senior Center Singers and Dorothy Love Line Dancers on July 11

• Our Zoo to You on July 12

The Planning Commission will meet on July 7 at 7 p.m. Benroth noted that a hearing is scheduled for a zoning change from Agriculture 1 to Residential 1 for the Timber Trails subdivision.

Benroth received an e-mail from Mitch Middendorf requesting that the village pay for the street lights for Timber Trails Subdivision or to pay the difference between a standard street light and the ones they are wanting. It was consensus that the Village would not pay for street lights and that Middendorf Builders can purchase the ones they want with Benroth’s approval.

There was some discussion on the possible purchase of the

Westerheide property on Walnut Street on the west side of the railroad tracks. Benroth will research as to size of the lot and cost.