The Village of Amelia is putting two police renewal levies on the ballot in May and residents are urged to attend a town hall meeting to find out more about the levies and share in the discussion.
At the council meeting Monday, March 15, Mayor Leroy Ellington invited residents to come to the meetings to get their questions about the levies answered.
Two meetings are planned, both meetings will be held from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Amelia Elementary School, located at 5 East Main Street. The first meeting is set for Tuesday, March 30, and the second one will be held Tuesday, April 27.
With the cancellation of the regular council meeting on March 1 due to several family emergencies, council members were faced with a decision to pass an emergency ordinance for appropriations for 2010.
The appropriations have to be approved by council by April 1. Council members voted to suspend the rules and approve the 2010 appropriations in the amount of $2.56 million. These expenditures will take the village through Dec. 31, 2010.
In other business:
At the recommendation of fiscal officer Bill Gilpin and councilman Bob Pollitt, council voted to approve Aspen Energy as a third party supplier for energy. According to Gilpin, the village could save as much as $155 a month in energy bills. He noted that if they don't like the service, they can always switch back.
Council approved the hiring of two part-time seasonal employees to help with mowing at the cemeteries and parks in the village per service director Rick Rowlands request. The two employees will work 24 hours per week.
The recreation committee announced that an Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 3, at Spencer Shank Park. Councilman Derrick Campbell asked that volunteers arrive at the park by 9 a.m. He also noted that small prizes would be given and a raffle will be held.
Clermont 20/20 is holding the annual Clean and Green Litter Pick Up from 9 a.m. - noon on Saturday, April 17. The staging area in the village is Groh Park. For more information about the event call (513) 718-9135.
The plans for a multi-purpose shelter in Spencer Shank Park will be on hold until engineer Pat Madl gets specific information about the costs involved. According to Ellington, the project will not be approved by the county unless restrooms are included in the plans. The cost to add restrooms may be prohibitive. Madl told council members that the project could receive from 30 to 50 percent of the funding covered through a grant but they were reluctant to move forward until they had a better understanding of the cost.
Changes in the House bill for stimulus funds have put the street projects for curbs and sidewalks along Main Street on hold according to Ellington.