Church to help village with cleanup

Residents reminded of nuisance ordinance

By Andrew Garrett -

The residents of Mt. Sterling are encouraged to bring any unwanted items or refuse cluttering up their properties to Village Hall for disposal.

The village is holding a “cleanup weekend” starting Friday, April 27 and continuing through Sunday, April 29, it was announced at Monday evening’s council meeting.

Pastor Joe Proudfoot of Mt. Sterling Nazarene Church and the 325 members of his congregation are volunteering their time and services that weekend to aid with pickup, removal and disposal of any items. The group is looking for projects to work on to help improve the community and welcomes suggestions.

“Any ideas that you may have, we would appreciate that,” Proudfoot said as he stood before members of council and the small audience assembled in council chambers. “You can contact me at our church office, stop by any time.”

Villagers can bring anything — old furniture, warped/rotten lumber, broken toilet bowls, or non-working appliances — anything that might be junking up their property.

Councilwoman Tammy Vansickle and Mayor Billy Martin both expressed slight concern that some village residents were apparently unaware that a nuisance ordinance is now in effect throughout the village. That would likely be remedied for those finding Deputy Jack Dill posting a notice of violation on their doors.

In conjunction with the material cleanup of the village, Deputy Dill announced a “drug take back” day sponsored through the Madison County Sheriff Department on Saturday, April 28. Residents can pull up behind the village hall between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., hand off any unused or outdated medications to someone on drug recovery duty, and never have to leave their vehicles.

The Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals is looking for new members, the mayor said. Anyone will be considered for appointments to the board, but individuals with experience in architecture, engineering, or like disciplines are especially encouraged to throw their hats into the ring. Applications may be picked up at town hall.

Public Utilities Clerk, Misty Vance, expressed a need for at least two more new meters. Some residents were still apprehensive in being switched over to the new devices, but she wanted to ensure everyone that the administration was only trying to bill everyone accurately and fairly. In some cases, the new meters have allowed the village to see an increase in revenue from residences that had been consistently under-billed by more than half their actual water usage. In other instances, residents saw a decrease in their monthly bill.

Vance also informed council that she was currently negotiating the service fee for online bill pay with the payment service provider.

The new bill mailing process didn’t go off completely as planned, but that may be expected as it was the first time that it was put into practice. “If anyone gets a duplicate bill, throw it in the trash,” the mayor said.

The new water plant, while operational, was having some issues involving motors “gunking up” and shutting off. This in no way affects the high quality of water the mayor assured. The motors involved are under warranty and the issue is being addressed, he said.

Martin also told council that the village had a considerable problem with parking and that a program regarding the issue was being worked on. “The two fifteen minute signs at the post office are just the beginning,” he said.

Villagers should expect to see two-hour parking, no parking during snow emergencies, and others parking signs cropping up along village streets. People should not be parking on drains in any circumstances, according to Martin.

Not only would street signs be changed, but the painted lines of certain streets will be overhauled as well. The Ohio Department of Transportation has given the okay to repaint the lines of the intersections on either side of town hall. The intersections of London and Columbus Streets and London and Main Streets are causes for concern. Semitrailers following the current lines are causing considerable damage to the sidewalks with their wide turns, according to the mayor.

Village council also passed an ordinance to renew and extend the village’s agreement for employment with Courtney Bricker as village fiscal officer.

Residents reminded of nuisance ordinance

By Andrew Garrett

Reach Andrew Garrett at 740-852-1616, ext. 1616.

Reach Andrew Garrett at 740-852-1616, ext. 1616.