Botkins council prepares for 2016

By Alexandra Newman -

BOTKINS – The Botkins Village Council met Tuesday night to discuss how the rest of the year will play out.

Village Administrator Ryan Piche said it’s surprising, but they have to start planning for 2016.

Before the next two council meetings, Sept. 29 and Oct. 13, they will hold hearings for information about energy aggregation.

On Oct. 27, Piche’s goal is to present council with the first draft of the 2016 budget. The following meeting, on Nov. 10, they will hopefully get to have the first reading of the budget after adjustments can be made. Then the budget can be passed on Dec. 8.

The goal is to have everything wrapped up in the next five meetings, Piche said.

Also at the meeting a community member shared their concerns about the condition of the sidewalks on the other side of the railroad tracks out on the west side of town. The council assured him they are in the process of accessing and fixing all the sidewalks that the city owns throughout the village and notifying homeowners if they have a sidewalk maintenance violation.

Piche reported that he is in the process of working with the school and the Joint Recreation Board to better schedule sports and the general activities at the city park. They want to put some more guidelines into place so there is a little more structure around what goes on at the park and when.

He also noted that renovations to the varsity baseball diamond are complete and they spent $14,050 on the project.

The council spent some time discussing the new subdivision and how the area should be zoned. They worked with Village Solicitor Aaron Lowe to understand the legal side of things and how they can work with the development company to best suit the needs and wants of the village.

By Alexandra Newman

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Reach this writer at 937-538-4825; follow on Twitter @SDNAlexandraN