WEST LAFAYETTE -- If you reside within the village limits of West Lafayette and want to see some type of improvement for West Lafayette, the village's administration is looking for you and needs your help by March 20.
According to West Lafayette Village Administrator Dave Kadri, Coshocton County and the Village of West Lafayette are working together on an application for a Neighborhood Revitalization grant that will soon be offered by the Ohio Developmental Services Agency. If the village of West Lafayette were awarded the grant, they would receive approximately $300,000 to carry out infrastructure improvements within the village limits.
The village is considering replacement of the outdated water lines, making improvements at Burt Park, repaving streets, installing sidewalks and ADA regulated curb cuts.
The village is very interested in learning of any other project suggestions from village residents. Survey forms are currently being distributed door to door to gather as much input as possible, and making sure to attempt to include each and every village resident in this endeavor. Your input is greatly needed. According to Kadri, since the grant is competitive for other communities as well it will be imperative that each village resident that received a survey to fill it out, and send back to the West Lafayette Utilities Office at 113 E. Railroad St., West Lafayette, OH 43845; or bring the form to the office when paying your utility bill.
Kadri said even if village residents have no actual suggestions they are requesting that the form at least be signed and returned as each signature will be credited as support for this grant application. Those that have not received a survey can stop by the office and complete one, sign one, or call the village office at 740-545-5434.
A public meeting concerning the surveys and proposed grant will take place at the Ridgewood High School cafeteria on March 20 at 7 p.m.
Other business discussed at the village council's regular session on March 11 included:
Josh MacQueen was accepted by council at the Feb. 25 regular session as a volunteer firefighter with the West Lafayette Fire Department. MacQueen has previous fire fighting experience with Newcomerstown and New Concord Fire departments.
Council approved accepted the resignation of reserve office Jordan Forbes. The resignation letter was read to council by Police Chief Terry Mardis. Council later accepted two new reserve officers, Chris Johnson and Cody Cochran.
Council also approved Bill Buxton of the Eastern Ohio Tactical Training Center as a civilian trainer for purpose of providing free training to the new reserves hired by the police department. This will save the village on the training costs that they have previously been providing for.
A resolution was approved for an application from Shurtz Farm for purpose of the farm to be considered an agricultural site.
A resolution was approved for the mayor to sign an employment contract concerning new village employee training costs.
Yellow Flag Community Yard Sales will be May 3-4.
Council's next meeting is set for March 25 at 7 p.m.