|Village to begin spring cleanup|
|Wednesday, March 20, 2013 3:22 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
FORT JENNINGS — Potholes, tree removal and pruning and a park cleanup are all on the slate in Fort Jennings for spring projects.
Council members approved Maintenance Supervisor Ted Wrasman using Cold Patch again on several pot holes in the village. Mayor Jim Smith said he had checked the ones Wrasman had done last fall and they seemed to be holding.
A dozen trees will be coming down in the village and at the park. Council approved Our Tree Service to remove five trees in the village for $1,470 and no more than $3,000 to remove four Ash trees in Fort Jennings Park. Three other smaller trees in the park will be removed by the park board. A large Elm tree near the concession stand will stay until a new concession stand project gets underway.
Moore Tree Service also quoted $1,575 for the removal of the tree within the village. The company did not quote the park trees.
The Legion will hold a chicken dinner from 6:30-11 p.m. on April 27 with proceeds going to the concession stand project. Meals are $15 and all-you-can eat. Call 419-286-2600 for pre-sale tickets.
Park Board President Jerry Siefker told council the annual Park Cleanup is set for 9 a.m. to noon on April 13 with a rain date of April 20.
“We need volunteers and they need to bring gloves, rakes, buckets, etc., to help,” Siefker said.
Siefker also asked the village to provide an additional vehicle for debris removal. Smith said someone would be able to provide one of the village trucks for that purpose.
In other park news, Smith told council the National Park Service requires signage noting the Land and Water Conservation Fund donations to the park in the past. The sign can be ordered from LWCF for $90. Council OK’d getting the sign.
Siefker said plans were coming along for the annual Fort Fest Aug. 16-18. He added that anyone who would like to learn more can attend meetings at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Rec Club in the park.
Smith told Siefker he wanted to make sure everything was being done in the proper manner due to the fact the festival insurance is under the village.
Councilman Jeff Swick thanked the park board, the school baseball team and parents, Mike Metzger and the local telephone company for assistance in putting up the outfield fence at Diamond 1 in the park.
Following the designation of Purple Heart Village, Smith said coordinator Jim Dickman has sent a packet to the organization with the signed proclamation and photos of Memorial Hall. He said the next stop would be for local Purple Heart recipients to be identified.
Council learned resident Ken Maenle is willing to represent the village at the Putnam County Port Authority meetings in Glandorf. Maenle passed along several questions he had, including if he would be reimbursed for mileage and his time. Smith said he would have to see what kind of legislation is necessary to make that happen.
“I think it makes sense to pay or reimburse someone for time and the expense to attend the meetings,” Smith said.
Smith also told council the village had turned in all paperwork from the June 29, 2012, storm as was still waiting for checks.