MADISON VILLAGE – Police Chief Dawn Shannon reported several new people attended the last Madison Neighborhood Watch program.
“The e-mails that I blast out are getting to everyone and they said
that’s how they arrived there, so we’re working on getting that e-mail bank broader and getting the word out,” she said.
The police would like to have a “true” neighborhood watch program with representatives from different neighborhoods and subdivisions. They want people keeping an eye on the neighborhoods and reporting suspicious behavior or persons.
Shannon said they encourage people to call 911. Callers can say it is not an emergency but they wish to report something suspicious and it can be done anonymously.
They have different guest speakers and provide information on a multitude of topics at the meetings.
(Note: The meetings are held the second Thursday of the month, every other month at 7 p.m. at Stratton Place, 33 East Main St. The next meetings are scheduled for Sept. 13 and Nov. 8.)
In other business:
* The police chief said she would be asking council to approve a new part-time officer to replace one who left the department.
* Village engineer Dave McCallops said they have started on the water baskets for Hyder Drive erosion control.
He said they were still not getting as much cooperation from the contractor at the new middle school with regard to inspections as they would like.
Councilman Don Bartlett said he wanted to be sure all water and sewer connections were made correctly and wondered what the inspection issues were.
“It’s not so much the infrastructure as it is managing spoils, managing runoff, managing that type of thing; so the actual infrastructure is going fine; it’s tending to all those other details that are important as well that we’re struggling with,” McCallops said.
Bartlett said the area should be managed properly.
McCallops said some things are being done, but he may need the village to help encourage compliance.
One of the councilmen asked why they were involved since the school was in Madison Township.
He was advised part of the property was in the village and that was their concern.
McCallops said the infrastructure was well done; it was some issues in the surrounding area that was a concern.
“Manhole inspections; we’re looking at starting them this week or next week as a continuation of the long-term plan for the sanitary collection system,” McCallops said.
* The resolution for the village to join the Lake County Storm Water Management Department remained tabled.
* Council passed the resolution approving the 2013 tax budget following a public hearing during which no one commented.
* Council passed an ordinance providing additional appropriations and adjustments to line items for current expenses and declaring an emergency.
This was to pay the purchase order approved at the last meeting for the engineering work on the Route 528 water line. The money is to be reimbursed once the financing is arranged for the project.
“In order to be able to even file for the loan we must have the engineering study,” said fiscal officer Tony Long.
The money was being advanced from the Water Capital Fund.
The next regular meeting of council is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6.