GAMBIER — Gambier Village Council met for its regular monthly meeting Monday night with a light agenda.
Susan Spaid and Marilyn I. Stokes appeared before council to urge the village to change the spelling of Ackland Street on the signs in the village. According to Spaid and Stokes, the correct spelling is Acland.
Stokes said the street is named after Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, an early benefactor of Kenyon College. Village solicitor Ken Lane said the name change should probably be reported to homeland security, the post office and the fire departments. Otherwise, he said, he saw no reason not to make the change. Council unanimously approved the correction.
In council business, a third reading was given to the flood damage reduction ordinance; council approved the ordinance.
A second reading was given to an ordinance banning the use or installation of outdoor wood furnaces within the village. Lane read an amendment to the ordinance suggested by councilman Lee Cubie, further defining a woodburning unit as having a heat exchanger or a water exchanger. The reading was given and approved by council.
Expenditures for painting the clarifiers at the wastewater plant, to Ohio Asphalt for patching services and to Knox Concrete for additional concrete work were approved with little discussion. Council also approved the expenditure of up to $600 for the Fourth of July festivities.
Mayor Kirk Emmert said Gambier will host a bicycle race Sunday. This year, it will feature a shorter course and give more people the opportunity to participate. The race will start at the Kenyon Bookstore, and go down Brooklyn Street to East Woodside Drive. The course will cross Woodside and go to Brooklyn Street, up Brooklyn to Gaskin Avenue, then back to Brooklyn. There will be five different races, the first beginning at 2 p.m. The final race will begin at 4 p.m.
“We invite Gambier and other local residents to join the village as racers or spectators,” Emmert said.
Emmert announced plans for the annual Gambier Independence Day festivities and community picnic, which will take place Saturday, July 4, weather permitting.
Village Administrator Suzanne Hopkins told council the village received a $5,595 check from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for damage done by the storm last September.
She also reported the new sidewalk on Meadow Lane was complete. The village will be working on a proposal to Knox Concrete for three other areas in the village that need concrete work.
Hopkins said there was a 17 percent water loss during the previous quarter. That compared with a 28 percent loss the previous quarter. She attributed the improvement to repairs on several water service line leaks.
Dumpster Day will be Saturday, June 13. It will run from 8 a.m. to noon at the village maintenance garage.
The next regular council meeting will be July 6.