WEST LAFAYETTE -- An agreement between West Lafayette Village Council and the Ridgewood Recreation Board was given a final reading and later approved by council during the Nov. 9 meeting.
The agreement is concerning the management of the village ball field which is owned by the village but was developed by the Ridgewood Recreation Board. The agreement covers the following items:
* Specification of which person(s) associated with the Recreation Board will be directly responsible for maintaining the grounds of the ball field during the off season.
* Coverage of insurance and liability to be held by the Recreation Board for potential damages to property, or injury to patrons or players.
* An understanding that if the village decides to utilize the property for other use in the future that the Recreation Board will have the authority to remove any of the structures or fencing that they have purchased.
Mayor Jack Patterson said he felt the agreement, "appears to be as complete as it can be."
He added that the agreement would remain in effect as long as there were no issues with any of the terms being broken. He said the main concern for the earlier clarification was regarding the maintenance issue.
Recreation Board President Janet Michael said, "It was never the Recreation Board's intention that the village would be maintaining the grounds."
Michael added that the Recreation Board wished to thank the village regarding the agreement.
Other business discussed included:
* Approval to transfer funds within the general funds.
* First reading was given to an ordinance to establish water and sewer rates for 2010.
* The Coshocton County Firefighters Christmas Toy Chest program will take place again this year. Donations of new toys can be dropped off at the Coshocton City Fire Department on S. Seventh Street, or at the Walhonding Fire Department on Bridge Street in Warsaw. Monetary donations can be mailed to Coshocton County Fire Fighters Association, P.O. Box 158, Warsaw, OH 43844. For further information, contact Lisa Wilson at (740) 294-0388 or Laura Drake at (740) 294-1166.
* Village administrator David Kadri discussed qualifications for Coshocton County's dilapidated structure/housing funding that is available to assist with removal of dilapidated structures. Kadri said some of the qualifications for funding include that the structure must be vacant for at least 90 days, the owner must be agreeable to demolition/removal and commercial type buildings are not eligible for the funding. Kadri said the funding application deadline is in early December and recommended that the village apply.
* Council approved a Johnson Road resident to have city water supply hook up at the previous rate ($600) versus the new rate ($1,000) since the water taps have already been installed in the Johnson Road area. The resident does not reside in the village corporation limits and will pay the outside water/sewer rate.
* Police chief Terry Mardis said several members of the police department had attended an education session concerning the H1N1 virus outbreak. Mardis also wished to thank the community for helping to pass the recent county operational levy.
* Mayor Patterson wished to congratulate the Ridgewood Generals for their 11-0 record this season as well as the Ridgewood Marching Generals for a perfect season. He also recognized Brad Olinger for his participation at the state level for cross country track.
Mayor Patterson said, "We (the village) are extremely proud."
* The next Chamber of Commerce meeting is scheduled for Nov. 24 at Lafayette Pointe. The Commerce will also sponsor "Christmas in the Village" this year. The parade will take place Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. The parade will line-up at Lafayette Pointe then proceed west on Main Street towards Burt Park. Santa will then be at the park to hand-out treats.