CENTERBURG — Centerburg Village Council held its regular monthly meeting Monday night and it was devoted largely to routine business. Perhaps most consequential was the report from the Central Ohio Joint Fire District Board by council member Dave Beck.
Councilman Beck noted that the 7.9-mill levy for the fire district that appeared on the March 6 primary ballot was rejected by a 57-43 percent margin. He said that nonessential services need to be cut back and that persons receiving EMS care will be “soft billed.” The district will run out of funds if additional revenues are not secured by the end of 2012.
The Fire Board has decided to present a 5.5-mill levy to voters either in a special election or on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. That would represent a straight renewal of the current level of funding without any increase. The cost of a special election would be approximately $8,000 and would have to be borne entirely by the fire district if the levy is the only ballot issue.
Village Administrator Phil Lohmeyer reported that new signs which will more clearly mark downtown pedestrian crossings have been received. They will be installed soon, and crosswalk markings will be re-painted as well. This was in response to concerns that motorists turning off of Main Street were frequently failing to yield to pedestrians. He also pointed out that volunteers from Center Pointe Church will be assisting with curb painting in the village.
Estimates and an artist’s rendering of a new village sign to be located across Main Street from Town Hall are expected soon. The Centerburg Area Business Association has agreed to underwrite the project.