Meeting Minutes (4-3-23)
The Council of the Village of Woodsfield
April 3, 2023
The Council of the Village of Woodsfield met in Regular Session on April 3, 2023. Due to lack of a quorum, there was nothing voted on, but the meeting was still held.
I. Roll Call:
Present: Council Members; Dale English, Tom Kirkland, Leann Harper, Mayor Carol Hehr, Fiscal Officer Lori Cunard, Solicitor Ryan Regel, and Village Administrator Kevin Brooks.
Absent: Councilpersons Anthony McDaniel, Matt Schaberand Tiffany Ramsay.
II. Pending Meeting Minutes Approval:
Due to the lack of a quorum, meeting minutes approval is tabled until next meeting.
III. Registered Visitors/Guest:
Brent Bosley – Mr. Bosley attended the Council meeting to update Council on the Veterans Welcome Home Parade that was originally scheduled last fall but had to be postponed due to weather. They are planning on having the parade on Saturday, June 3rd at noon if Council agrees with that date and time. Council does not have a problem with the parade being held on that date or time. Mr. Bosley asked if during the renovation of the downtown square if there could be holes concrete bored in the sidewalks for the poles used to put out the flags. Mr. Bosely said when the flags and poles are not being used, they would make caps for the bored holes to cover them. Kevin Brooks said that there are no plans to put poles between Midtown Gym and Marden Rehab, but there would be poles from Subway to Country Clippin’s section of downtown. Kevin Brooks told Mr. Bosley to get with him before the sidewalk is poured in the Midtown to Marden section and he will talk with Shelly and Sand’s about having the holes put in the sidewalks for the poles. Mr. Brooks said that on the other side of the square they may want to look at where the poles are, due to the back in parking he doesn’t want people backing into them. Mayor Carol Hehr asked Mr. Bosley if there is anything that Council can do to help them out with the parade to let them know.
IV. Old Business:
DORA – Solicitor Ryan Regel has drafts of the application that he will email to Council. He said he will need a little bit of input from Kevin Brooks or Council regarding some items on the application and then it will be ready to go. Kevin Brooks stated that Woodsfield Alumni, once DORA is established, would like to have a beer garden at the Citizens National parking lot for alumni weekend. Mr. Brooks wanted to verify with Solicitor Regel that the alumni would need a temporary liquor license to sell even though DORA is established, and Solicitor Ryan Regel said yes, they would need a license.
V. Administrator Report:
VI. Fiscal Officer Report:
VII. Committee Chair/Council Reports:
Dale English – Nothing to report.
Tom Kirkland – Nothing to report.
Anthony McDaniel – absent.
Leann Harper – Nothing to report.
Tiffany Ramsay – absent.
Matt Schaber – absent.
VIII: Solicitor’s Report:
The solicitor’s report was given during old business.
IX: Mayor’s Report:
Mayor Hehr reported that she attended the Appalachia meeting at Buckeye Hills last week and she chose CT Consultants as first choice for planner.
Mayor Hehr had a downtown revitalization meeting and 3 people attended.
Mayor Hehr submitted a grant for 2 sets of portable speakers for the Village. She said she should know something on or around the 20th of April whether it is approved or not. Kevin Brooks said that the old speakers in the downtown square will be taken down because the light poles they are attached to will be changed during the downtown project and the speakers have not worked for some time. They have talked to Lewis Hill, Light Superintendent, about coming up with something portable for the new speakers so they can be taken around town for events.
Mayor Hehr reported that we received the ODNR NatureWorks Funding for last year in the amount of $18,022.00. We are going to order 5 trash receptacles and hope to have them in time for alumni weekend. They are stone receptacles and will go very well with the downtown project.
Mayor Hehr suggested the day of Farmer’s Market be moved from Thursday to Wednesday. If we change it to Wednesday people who sell at the Famer’s Market at the senior center in the morning for W.I.C. can stay for the Village Farmer’s Market in the evening. Kevin Brooks said he is concerned about changing the day because of the rest of our vendors. Mr. Brooks also said since we are talking about incorporating a food truck for Farmer’s Market he doesn’t know if changing the day would be a good idea, but we can talk about it again. Kreg Robison, MC Beacon, asked if the Senior Center Farmer’s Market is going out to Safe Auto? Mayor Hehr is not sure, but she said she would like to find out.
Leann Harper asked if the gazebo for the walking trail is ordered and if it would be going in out at the trail soon? Mayor Hehr replied that it is ordered, and the $5,000.00 down payment was made but it will be a while before we get it. Leann Harper also asked if there could be a trash can put up at the walking trail. Kevin Brooks said that with the walking trail being completed we should get trash receptacles put up there. Mr. Brooks said we will eventually have extra benches at the Walking Trail and Mayor Hehr stated that we are getting one more picnic table and one more piece of exercise equipment for the Walking Trail.
Mayor Hehr had a police incident report from Chief Corey Jones that she read to Council. The report gave the details of the police pursuit and accident of one of the police cruisers over the weekend. Kevin Brooks said they are not sure of the insurance situation of the suspect so we will use PERSO for the claim and then have PERSO and the other insurance company figure it out. This is the easiest way to get the cruiser repaired quickly. The cruiser was towed to Bommers Body Shop in Beallsville for repair. As a result of the accident, Chief Jones would like to get bumper guards for the cruisers, particularly for the newer police cruisers.
XI. Un-Registered Visitors:
The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.
Carol Hehr, Mayor Lori Cunard, Fiscal Officer