Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
May 8, 2012 11:23 am EDT


CENTERBURG — A day that began with shocking news of the shooting death of local resident William Myers ended with a routine meeting of the Centerburg Village Council last night.

Myers died early on Monday after being shot by a Morrow County Deputy. The officer-involved shooting followed a high-speed chase that began in Centerburg and involved a stolen Knox County Sheriff’s Office cruiser owned to the village. The incident demanded a great deal of time from Mayor Diana Stockmaster and Village Administrator Philip Lohmeyer, but the council meeting went on as scheduled.


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Among actions taken by the six-member council was authorization for Lohmeyer to finalize a contract with the firm Solar Planet for the installation of a solar panel array in connection with the village’s new Wastewater Reclamation Facility project. Execution of the contract is contingent on two clarifications that need to be ironed out with the engineer and the village’s liability insurance provider.

Village Clerk Teri James reported that an annual audit has been concluded without any questions or concerns being raised. The council thanked the administrative staff for its work and waived the need of a post-audit conference. In other finance-related business, there was a first reading of an ordinance for the 2013 budget. Then-and-now purchase orders were approved for downing of trees at the wastewater facility site at a cost of $6,750 and for engineering work on the site totaling $24,777.50.

A public hearing was held regarding a request by Jim and Susie Oswalt to rezone the home at 165 North Clayton Street as a two-family residence. The Planning Commission had reported favorably on the request and there were no additional comments. A second reading of an ordinance to enact the rezoning was held, but a motion to waive a third reading failed to pass. Susie Oswalt, a member of council, abstained from the vote.

Long-time resident Michelle Harry addressed the council to draw attention to several overgrown vacant lots in the village, and asked that the village enforce its ordinance prohibiting properties from having 12 inches or more of standing grass. She also commented on the poor condition of some streets, specifically Church Street and the intersection of Clayton and Washington Streets. Administrator Lohmeyer said that potholes at the intersection will be filled and that repaving is planned along Church Street.

Don McCracken attended on behalf of the USA Days Committee, and Russell Smith on behalf of the Old-Time Farming Festival Committee, with regard to a parade route issue. Because portions of the Heart of Ohio trail have been paved in the past year, it is no longer possible for horses in the events’ parades to use the trail to return from Memorial Park to the staging area.


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