By Leslie Noia

Staff Writer

COLUMBUS GROVE - On Monday Nov. 26 the Columbus Grove village council met for their regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. The council discussed several items such as the bills, construction update and the police and fire meeting report.

The meeting began will a roll call, all were in attendance with the exception of Jim Karcher. The clerk Janet Hermiller brought the bills to the council which were approved. ˙Hermiller shared the council will need to approve a fee for the loan of the phase two street project.

Mayor Ken Wright spoke about the CIS party that is coming up for the council to attend. Wright also spoke about the many complaints the council was getting about a problem with dog feces not being taken care of around the village. After the Christmas in the Park there was a noticeable about of animal waste and the council would like the residents to know that all animals should be cleaned up after. The council discussed maybe putting up signs to remind residents about the need to clean up after their dogs.

In addition to his report Wright spoke about the need to appoint a Port Authority member. Each town and township has one member and alternate and Administrator Jeff Vance and Janet Hermiller as an alternate were nominated. The nomination was approved by council.

Wright also spoke about the meeting that was held concerning the sesquicentennial. Wright said that a handful of people attended and many who could not make it let him know they were interested in helping out. Wright shared that there were plenty of volunteers to help but they are still in need of someone to spearhead the event.

Vance gave a construction update. A pre-construction meeting for phase two will be held sometime in January according to Vance. The council discussed possibly having a community meeting for the public prior to the start of phase two. Vance also shared that the last day for leaf pick up for the year will be Nov. 30.

Separately council member Mark Kohls brought the second reading of ordinance number 2012-10 for weeds. The ordinance was passed by council to update the weed ordinance. Council member Skyler Mayberry read ordinance number 2012-11 waiving residency of the Fiscal Officer. The ordinance was passed by council. Mayberry also spoke about the police and fire meeting that was held prior to the council meeting. One item that was brought up at the meeting was the need for new tires on one of the police cruisers.

The next village council meeting will be Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building.