Mayor reports on Clean and Green efforts in Williamsburg

May 1st, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

Mayor Mary Ann Lefker reported to council Thursday, April 23, that the Clermont 20/20 Clean and Green event held in Williamsburg on April 18 was a huge success.

“We had more than 100 participants,” said Lefker. “Not all registered so it is hard to give an accurate count but we had Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and their families registered along with Girl Scouts, Clear Mountain and Williamsburg United Methodist church youth groups and a few drop in volunteers.”

After a clean up of the village, the volunteers were treated to hot dogs and snacks. Clermont 20/20 Clean and Green provided T-shirts, food and trash bags for volunteers.

"Our Chief of Police Mike Gregory and Corporal Adamson grilled for us and our Administrator Patti Bates helped get us organized and set up," said Lefker. "We've grown from 37 volunteers our first year of taking part in Clean and Green to over 100 this year."

The event is held each year in conjunction with Earth Day and villages and townships throughout the county participate.

Council members welcomed Ron Shouse, president of the Grassy Run Historical Arts Committee, to the meeting. The Grassy Run Historical Arts Committee has been coming to Williamsburg for their annual historical event, the Grassy Run Rendezvous, since 1999.

"We are so happy to be here in Williamsburg and we can't thank you enough for letting us use the park," said Shouse. "I speak for the whole organization when I say thank you. We really appreciate the public works crew for their help in getting things set up."

Mayor Lefker told Shouse that on behalf of the village, they were happy to host the event in the park.

Shouse told council that more than 5,000 visitors were expected to attend the event.

He also expressed his disappointment that the Friday preview event scheduled for schoolchildren was not going to draw the regular crowd of nearly 1,000 because Ohio school testing was mandated for that week.

"We will have 250 home schoolers on Friday," said Shouse. "But instead of 1,400 kids, we'll probably only have about 400."

In other business:

• Mayor Lefker read a proclamation setting Friday, April 24, as Arbor Day in Williamsburg. She reported that the village had received a plaque designating Williamsburg as a Tree City.

• After some discussion, council asked the mayor check with a company about accepting credit card payments for utility bills from Williamsburg residents.

• Clerk Mike Murray gave a detailed financial presentation to council members asking for their input about how he could improve reports.

"The trends for the water operating fund seem to be going in the right direction," said Murray. "The sewer bond issue will be paid off early. The last payment was scheduled for 2019, but we may have it paid off by 2015."

• Administrator Patti Bates reported that damage to the sidewalk on the bridge was checked by the Ohio Department of Transportation. They did not view the damage as hazardous. She was concerned that someone would get hurt. Council discussed its options about repairing the sidewalk.

"I received a quote to get the damage repaired and the minimum amount was $1,920, the maximum cost would be $5,120," said Bates.

Mayor Lefker told council that she would check with State Representative Danny Bubp and have him come and look at it.

• A request for a handicapped parking spot located close to the post office was received by council. It was agreed that a spot along the street would be marked for handicapped parking.

• Bates reported that the burned house located on Broadway street is slated for demolition either on May 19 or 20.

• Council approved an ordinance amending the personnel policy.
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