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MT. AUBURN — The Village of Mt. Auburn held a regular meeting on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.
Mayor mike Whitehead presented the Board with the first water bill for the village after switching over to the new water treatment system. The new system was turned on September 1, and the Village has had few to no complaints about water quality since the new treatment system took over.
Whitehead did express some concern that the the bill amount was inaccurate. The Board debated that maybe the inaccuracies were caused by the Village flushing out the water tower, which can hold an estimated 100,000 gallons of water, but then agreed that the bill was still off.
When Whitehead asked the person in charge of the bill why it was inaccurate, he was told to “wait for next month and everything will work itself out.” The Board did take this being the first month the system was operational into consideration and decided to wait to see what the next months bill was. However, Whitehead was still going to talk to some people to see if he could figure out what was causing the inaccuracies. As of right now, thought, the bill showed that water cost the Village $3.94/1,000 gallons treated.
The Mt. Auburn Picnic Association will be hosting a Halloween Carnival at the old Elementary school on October 29, which will include games, treats, raffle baskets, and more. The Board was excited about the event and wanted to help making it enormously successful with a monetary contribution. They decided to donate $250. In the spirit of Halloween, the Board also decided to make the Trick-or-Treat hours on October 30 and 31 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. this year.
During the discussion of Village Ordinances, it was brought up that the Village did not currently have any ordinances on solar panels. Since residents were expressing and interest in getting them, including some people in the Board room, the Board discussed maybe working on getting a solar panel ordinance in place. This ordinance would be geared more towards making sure the panels are placed in a way not to obstruct other buildings and to keep them off easements and village property, as well as for aesthetic reasons.
The Board also discussed plans to make up contracts for renting out the Community building, but stressed that was a future project. Whitehead said the idea was to finish out the current year getting an understanding on how the Community Building was used and what went into it before diving into the contract needs and such.
Board member DeeDee Carey brought up concerns about children vandalizing the swings and other structures at the park. She explained she had been walking her dog through the park and seen children beating on the portable toilet, poking at the grandstand stage where it was crumbling, and tossing up swings. Her concerns were echoed by other Board members. Whitehead said he would talk to the county sheriff, but added that since it was an election year, “they’ll promise you anything and then do nothing.” He stated that he might not be able to get anything done until after the election.
The Board voted to table a bid to paint the storage shed roof at the old water treatment facility until Whitehead had more information on the person and on what was to be done with the fiberglass skylights.
Also approved at the meeting:
– Milano & Grunloh invoice final bill
– August Treasure report and bills
– September Treasurers report and bills
The next regular meeting of the Mt. .Auburn Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.