Following more than several incidents of local residents reportedly relieving themselves in public, in the presence of minor children, the village will be preparing an official ordinance restricting this practice. Members of village council approved the general three reading process for approval of the ordinance.
The planned ordinance for public urination, and defecation, says that it is unlawful for any persons to urinate or defecate in an open public place, other than using a toilet, urinal, or commode that is contained in a restroom, bathroom, or other structure enclosed from the view of others.
The act of not following these guidelines and voiding in a public place in view of others constitutes public indecency. Persons of any age that do not have a verified, legitimate reason for violating the ordinance will be subjected to charges of misdemeanor.
Other business discussed by village council during the Sept. 5 regular session included:
• The village is looking into purchase of a refurbished leaf pickup vehicle. Council approved Street Superintendent Travis Goodwiil to check into the potential purchase further. Council members said they believe this would be a plus for village residents and would help reduce the chances of leaves obstructing sewer drains.
• Water superintendent, Tom Saubrey reported the water line is nearing completion this week on Park Hill Drive.
• Mayor Pat Cadle reported the village is looking into a universal phone line/system so that each village department can reach each other through the same system. At present the phone system is not compatible with the village’s needs. The new system will facilitate improving efficiency for each department.
• Village fiscal officer Lisa Stiteler and Mayor Cadle have been working on the village budget for 2018. He said it is nearly complete and will soon be ready for review.
• Village solicitor Robert Stephenson reported the house on South Chestnut Street that had recently caught fire was found to have outstanding balance on the mortgage. He said this issue will be discussed with the current owners to see what steps need to be taken, as the structure needs razed as soon as possible due to concern of public safety. Stephenson said the closing on another house on South Chestnut Street that was recently donated to village is scheduled for Oct. 10.
• Council approved the community Trick or Treat for Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 from 4-6 p.m. and the Chamber of Commerce (local merchants) Trick or Treat is scheduled for Oct. 27, 2017 from 3:30-5 p.m.
The next regular council session is scheduled for Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Library Annex.