DANVILLE — The Danville Village Council passed three items during its meeting Monday.
Council passed an emergency ordinance authorizing the village administrator and engineers to apply for State Issue 1 funds for the replacement and improvement of the Richard Street bridge.
The cost of replacing the bridge with a new one would be $350,000 and the village would be responsible for 10 percent ($35,000). The rest of the money would be a State Issue 1 grant, which would not have to be repaid. Council had recently attempted to get the money for the bridge through supplemental funding, but was unsuccessful.
Council also passed two resolutions on the evening. The first amended the zoning fee schedule, bringing the fees up to date, as well as adding sections on nonprofit and charitable organizations being able to apply to get the fees waived.
The second was the approval of changes in the turkey festival lease.
Along the lines of leases, the council discussed the park lease with the school and decided to get contracts lined up with all of the other entities that use the park grounds, including Colt League football and Little League baseball.
In other news:
•Mayor Bob Dile reported the village is getting ready for the third annual Ohio State Road Race Championships, which will be held Saturday in and around the village. More than 40 bicyclists are expected to participate. The race was moved up to June this year to coincide with the Gambier event, which will be Sunday.
•Council decided to send a letter to several property owners asking them to mow their lawns. Council member Gary Moreland showed council members grass that was nearly 2 feet high that he secured from those properties. If the properties are not mowed within 10 days of receipt of the letter, the village will mow them and recoup the costs through taxes.
•Council discussed issues with vandalism at the park and several ideas on how to eliminate it, including the use of security cameras.
•Danville Police Sgt. Tom Looney reported the village would not get an answer on the COPS grant until September.
•Dile mentioned how good the park looked for Memorial Day and thanked the village employees who performed the work getting it ready.
•Village Administrator Robert Shipley reported he and his crew are working on fixing the catch basin on U.S. 62 near the park.
Council adjourned into executive session at 9:15 p.m. to discuss possible litigation.