CENTERBURG — Centerburg Village Council passed an ordinance Monday night that will allow village officials to place an assessment lien on properties after 60 days of nonpayment of village services.
According to Terri James, village clerk, there are places in legislation that allow liens after 60 days and others that stipulate 90 days.
“This will clean up that part of it and keep us from losing any money,” James told council.
The measure was passed as an emergency in order for it to take effect immediately.
Council members heard from village resident Wendell Yoakum regarding trees that were cut down by the village on one of his properties. Yoakam said he was aware the trees would be taken down, but no communication was initiated to give him an exact date for removal.
“I promised the firewood to two gentlemen who are financially strapped,” Yoakam said.
By the time Yoakam was informed, the wood was gone, he said.
“We have another tree on South Ewing and Church that will come down on Friday. We can offer that wood to you,” Mayor George Shaw told Yoakam. “We can’t give you the wood from your tree, but we can give you wood from another tree.”
Yoakam said he was pleased with the mayor’s offer, but reminded council of the need to keep clear lines of communication open with village residents.
Council also approved a joint resolution with the Knox County Commissioners in regard to an agreement on the maintenance of Countryside Manor Life Stations. According to Village Solicitor Kyle Stroh, the agreement was designed so a new agreement could be drafted when the village’s new waste-water treatment plant goes online.
In other council news:
•Council appointed Beth Thatcher to represent the village on the Centerburg Joint Recreation District. Thatcher’s appointment was passed as an emergency so she could take her seat in tonight’s CJRD meeting.
•Approved a $19,650 bid with Swiss Construction of Killbuck to replace the roof on the Public Service Building. Shaw said there were signs previous fixes of the flat roof were starting to fail, and he felt the new standing seam roof was necessary in order stop further damage. Other bids for the project were between $21,000 and $24,000, according to Village Administrator Phil Lohmeyer.
•An updated Web site will be unveiled on May 1.
•Spring Clean-Up 2010 will take place April 19 and April 26. Residents are encouraged to leave yard waste and debris, placed in paper bags, on the curb. Limbs should be no larger in diameter than 2 inches. No trash will be collected.
The next village council meeting will be May 3 at 7 p.m.