CENTERBURG — As in countless communities across the nation, Nov. 5 was a day marked by uncertainty and anticipation in Centerburg. People went about their business, and the regular monthly meeting of Village Council was held, but the next day’s election was on everyone’s mind. Some were happier than others with the results of national and statewide issues, but Centerburg educators and first responders alike breathed uniform sighs of relief when the ballots had been counted.
The Centerburg Local School District gained the support of 62 percent of voters for renewal of a 1.5 mill education levy. And the Central Ohio Joint Fire District averted a financial crisis when its 5.5-mill renewal levy – which had been rejected by voters on the March primary ballot — sailed through with 75 percent support. Chief Joe Porter and his staff of firefighters and EMTs had faced expiration of their financial lifeblood on Jan. 1. But thanks to the successful ballot initiative, emergency action will not need to be implemented at tonight’s meeting of COJFD’s board.
In other news related to the fire district, Councilman Dave Beck reported that the COJFD is in the process of reviewing its policy and procedures manual.
The Village Council was informed of a change in the Ohio Revised Code that raises the maximum amount of contracts villages can enter into without a bid process from $25,000 to $50,000. A village policy that gives Administrator Phil Lohmeyer authorization to approve expenditures up to $5,000 without council approval is unchanged.
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