CENTERBURG — Welcome news from the Ohio Department of Public Safety was among business items discussed Monday night at the monthly meeting of the Centerburg Village Council. The ODPS Emergency Management Agency confirmed that it will reimburse the village for 80 percent of costs it incurred in the cleanup following July’s severe storm. Village Administrator Phil Lohmeyer said the amount of the reimbursement will be between $7,000 and $9,000.
Council Chairman Dave Beck reported that the Central Ohio Joint Fire District (COJFD) will host an open house this Saturday, October 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The department’s building and equipment will be on display, and there will be gear drills, search-and-rescue demonstrations and air evacuation drills. Refreshments will be served.
The COJFD’s current tax levy expires at the end of the year, and the department is pinning its hopes for 2013 funding on a 5.5-mill renewal levy that will appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Council has expressed unanimous support for the levy.Centerburg resident Roxanne Quinn addressed council about traffic safety issues on Union and Preston streets. Quinn said that excessive speed and instances of drag racing have created a dangerous situation in an area that is heavily traveled by people going to school athletic fields, playgrounds, Head Start and day care programs, and a senior citizen center. She reported that her family’s pet dog was recently struck and killed by a speeding driver on Union Street, which has a posted limit of 25 mph.
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