WEST LAFAYETTE ---The village of West Lafayette will be marking a historical milestone during this year's West Lafayette Homecoming Festival (July 27-29, 2017).
It will be the first time that the village has held a fireworks display. According to village Mayor Stephen Bordenkircher there has been no fireworks display held in West Lafayette in at least the past 40 years. Lifelong resident June Markley supports that information, saying there has been no fireworks display in West Lafayette for at least 75 years. Markley and her husband, Dan, are local historians and believe that there has never been any public fireworks displays held in West Lafayette.
A bucket drive at both ends of Main Street for several hours on Saturday, July 8, and generated the $3,000 needed for the fireworks event. Bordenkircher said with the bucket drive funds, and the money from the other donation sites, there will be nearly $4,000 and said the village will be expecting to have a fantastic exhibit.
The fireworks display is being planned for Saturday, July 29, at 10 p.m. (weather permitting), and will be able to be viewed from the Ridgewood High School field.
The queen's contest will be Thursday evening, and the parade will be Friday evening at 7 p.m., with line-up at 6 p.m. For further details check the village's Facebook page.
Items discussed during village council's regular session on July 10, 2017 included:
West Lafayette Branch Library thanked Mayor Bordenkircher for providing the flag program for the children's summer reading group.
Fire Department, Asst. Chief, Damon Gould reported total of 12 fire calls in June. The new tanker is in operation, and an additional hose is being added this week.
Police Department, Chief Stephen Klopfenstein reported a total of 186 calls for June. There were 15 criminal arrests. The police department will host a children's carnival at Burt Park on Saturday, July 15.
Summer workers will be assisting with village surveys. The workers will have an ID badge, as they will be wearing regular street clothing. The results will be tallied automatically. Mayor encourages participation/ input for the survey. They will be asking opinions of several topics concerning the village, and public services to the community.
Hydrant flushing is in progress this week.
Streets, curbs are being cleaned in preparation for the Homecoming festival.
Several of the properties that were identified on the list of dilapidated structures have begun to show improvement. One person had requested special circumstances extension until late summer. Nine of the property owners have yet to submit plans of improvement. Those identified were given 30 days to submit a plan of improvement, and once granted, given 90 days to abate the problem. Those individuals that have received letters, and not responded with a plan of action will soon be served citations.
Council approved the Lexipol program, Ohio Plan for Reimbursement ,which is concerning insurance for the village.
Council approved resolution #2017-31with first reading/ emergency clause concerning sale of the fire truck that was replaced by the new tanker. Opening bids will begin at $10K. Advertising will run in the Coshocton County Beacon 7/19- 7/26/2017.
Council approved resolution #2017-32 with first reading/ emergency clause concerning the fiscal officer to release the 2018 budget to the appropriate depository.
Resolution #2017-33 was approved with first reading/ emergency clause concerning approval for Peace Officer Academy training.
Resolution #2017-34 was approved with first reading/ emergency clause concerning adding funds (from street department funds) of $35K to include several street areas that are in dire need of repair that were not identified in the original allocations that were earlier approved.
The village was denied a grant for $250K to use for the sewer extension project, but will apply for other grant in August.
Council discussed need of an ordinance concerning the manufacturing/sales of medical marijuana within the village.
Mayor Bordenkircher discussed some highlights from recent Mayor's Conference.