Oblong Mayor Teresa Fielder and trustees Wednesday night applauded spring cleanup efforts by village residents, and appropriated funds for village operations this coming year.
"I want to thank the public for their cooperation," Fielder said. She reported that Republic Services left town with three full trucks during spring cleanup and had to send an additional truck the following day to finish. She also noted the Ad Hoc Committee has been working with several local land owners and residents to clean up nuisance properties.
Before starting Wednesday night's meeting village treasurer Jan Miller administered the oath of office to returning trustees Dave Hasty and Jay Haines, and new trustee Keith Waldrop, who were all elected during the consolidated election in April.
Miller was also reappointed treasurer, and Ladora Boyd as village clerk.
The board approved an annual budget of $1,262,498. 33 at the April meeting, and approved an appropriation budget of just over $1.6 million Wednesday night. Appropriations allows the village to spend the budgeted money, and are usually a percentage higher than the budget to allow for contingencies during the fiscal year.
In ongoing efforts to obtain grant funds, Fielder reported meeting with the Greater Wabash Area Planning Commission on new surveys and grant applications. Completing the surveys could realized the village saving thousands of dollars in costly needed infrastructure repairs.
Fielder recognized two new businesses that have located to the downtown area, Blue Paint Music and Limelight Photography.
She also wanted to remind residents to mow ditches and not to blow grass clippings in to the street.
The first Hometown Pride Award for 2019 went to Donnie and Suzy Venatta. They live at 205 W. Indiana.
The board approved the closing of a portion of Garfield Street for an upcoming auction on Saturday, May 18 from 6 a.m. to around 3 p.m. The closing should only effect one resident, and could prevent traffic accidents during the auction.
Village workers have been replacing outdated lights around the lake walkway at the park with new LEDs as the old ones burn out. It may be a while before the fountain is back in operation in the lake as the existing motor burnt out and cost estimates are around $2,800, which has not been budgeted for this year.
In his monthly police report Chief Chad Pusey noted they are interviewing an additional part-time officer, and the significant part K9 Ruger played in a county drug arrest in Annapolis. In April the Oblong Police issued seven citations, had 14 offences reported, and 124 calls for service.
The next scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, June 5.