RACINE — After accepting the resignation of one council member, Racine Village Council appointed its newest member during its regular March meeting.
Council accepted the resignation of Tim Hill effective on March 1 for personal reasons, and appointed Ian Wise to file the unexpired term on the nomination of council member Jeff Morris.
Wise, who was in attendance at the meeting was administered he oath of office and took his seat at the council table.
President Pro Temp Chad Hubbard presided over the meeting as Mayor Scott Hill attended a CDBG public hearing hosted by the commissioners.
Several members of the Syracuse-Racine Regional Sewer District attended the meeting to discuss the appointment of a representative from Racine to the sewer board. The representatives were disturbed that they only learned of the appointment from an article in the newspaper. Fiscal officer Janet Krider reported that the day following the appointment she informed Joni Fisher, general manager, of the appointment of Ian Wise. Council advised since she had been the one that notified council of the need for appointment that she was the one notified of the appointment.
Council approved the second reading of the refuse ordinance regarding the rates for rental or use of a metal dumpster, and the second reading of the pay rate ordinance. Council then suspended the rules requiring reading the pay rate ordinance on three different dates and approved the ordinance to take effect on April 1.
Wise reported that the fire department received a 50/50 matching grant from ODNR for a total of $13,000 to replace 40 pairs of boots. The current boots were close to 20 years old. The fire department has the matching funds.
Council authorized 15 day notices to be given to several residents/owners regarding property that needed attention on litter and other unsightly conditions.
A request from Dale Hart to allow Braxton Thorla to place his Christmas light show at Star Mill Park was approved. The display would be on the back side of the Star Mill Park building so that people could drive through the parking lot to view.
Council approved the mayor sending a letter to the commissioners informing them that the village wished to participate in the Neighborhood Revitalization Program,
County cleanup day will be held on May 20 at the fairgrounds.
The mayor reported to council that the general fund and street funds are hit the hardest with costs going up, but revenue remaining the same Council will need to be thinking of ways to raise revenue, and does not to place a tax on property. One suggestion is to place a tax on license plates with half going to the general fund and half to the street fund. No action was taken.
Council approved the minutes of the previous meeting, the financial report and a list of bills to be paid.
Attending the meeting were village administrator John Holman, fiscal officer Janet Krider, Marshal Shane Bell and council members Robert Beegle, Ron Clark, Chad Hubbard, George Cummins, Jeff Morris and Ian Wise.
The next council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on April 3.
Information submitted by Councilman Robert Beegle.