UTICA — Vacating a portion of Alley C between Church Street and Hayes Alley in Utica was approved Monday evening when Utica Village Council met at town hall. A portion of Alley C which runs along the west end of D&L Grain/PRO Hardware, near the railroad tracks, will be vacated upon passage of Ordinance 12-024. Utica Mayor Lester Grennell said that D&L Grain has maintained the alley for many years, and this stretch of alley has served no other purpose other than D&L Grain employees having access to the land. The official vacation will take place once the proper paperwork is completed by village solicitor Sara Light.
Also approved at Monday’s meeting was Ordinance 12-021 amending codified ordinance section 941.01 to change cemetery charges. This change had already gone into effect months ago, and the proper paperwork needed to be completed to make the changes official.
Resolution 12-022 was also approved which directs the fiscal officer to advertise for bids for village liability insurance.
Given a first reading was Ordinance 12-023 establishing pay rates for village employees; while a second reading was given to Ordinance 12-017 re-allocating income tax receipts. With this ordinance, funds are being moved from the capital fund to the general fund at the direction of county auditors who request that transfers not take place once allocations are complete.
Village administrator Glen Richards announced that the inspection process is underway in pursuing demolition of the Linda Oiler property on Central Avenue. An asbestos inspection has taken place with results yet to be returned. Once the house is determined ready for demolition, the job will be placed out for bids.
Leaf pickup in the village began this week. Employees of Park National Bank are volunteering to rake leaves for the elderly or those unable to rake on Oct. 11 and 16. Anyone needing assistance in raking their leaves should contact Richards at 892-2696.
Grennell reminded village residents that trick-or-treat night will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Council will next meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 at town hall.
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