A proposed 4.2 mill bond issue to build a new elementary school was rejected by Batavia Local School District voters at the polls Tuesday, Nov. 3. The bond issue would have raised $13.9 million for a $24 million elementary school that was planned for the current high school campus in Batavia Township. The remainder of the $24 million would have come from the Ohio School Facilities Commission.
Dedication of the new Veterans Memorial Plaza at Batavia Township Community Park 1535 Clough Pike will be held at 2:30 p.m. Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. The public and veterans are welcome to attend. For more information, call (513) 732-3888.
With the financing in place for the Industrial Realty Group to begin renovation of the former Ford Transmission plant in Batavia, township trustees are concerned about the zoning regulations for the project. An overlay district was discussed by trustees during the Batavia Township meeting on Thursday, Oct. 29.
The street scape issues in the Village of Williamsburg have been resolved, according to administrator Patti Bates. Bates told council members at their meeting Oct. 22 that Bansal Construction had been working in the village to take care of the discoloration of the concrete which had not bleached the proper color.
Only one school board member was reelected by voters in New Richmond on Tuesday, Nov. 3. With three open seats and seven candidates, the voters made their choices. Kevin Walriven received 1,215 votes to keep his seat on the board.
With two open seats on the Batavia Township trustee board voters had to make a choice between six candidates. They spoke loud and clear with the winners each receiving nearly 25 percent of the votes. Incumbent Archie Wilson received 2,039 votes to keep his seat on the board and Jim Sauls Jr. received 2,016 votes. Sauls was appointed to the board in January 2009.
The Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists Guild hosted its fifth annual weekend quilt show at Rowe Woods from Friday, Oct. 23 to Sunday, Oct. 25. The group, comprised of 65 local artists, had prepared more than 200 entries for the show. There was original artwork displays of quilting, weaving, embroidery, rug hooking, doll making, wearable art, knitting, beading and crochet on exhibit.
The unexpired term for mayor of the Village of Bethel will be filled by James Dick. Two residents were seeking to fill the term, which will expire Dec. 31, 2011. James Dick received 378 votes and Rus Whitley received 224 votes. Dick has vowed to become a community facilitator in his role as mayor.
The village of Batavia’s Beautification Committee is planning “Holiday in the Village,” an event for the entire family. Holiday in the Village will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Village Administration Building, 389 East Main Street.
The 2.95 mill safety services levy in Union Township passed by a narrow margin on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Voters approved the levy with 5,789 voting for the levy and 5,517 voting against the levy. Passage of the levy will provide and maintain fire and emergency medical equipment, fire and police personnel at the current level.