LEIPSIC - Village officials in Leipsic have approved the third reading on an ordinance that prohibits animals from disturbing the peace in Leipsic. Only council members Sue Schroeder and Rick Recker voted no on the ordinance

The ordinance establishes that any persistent cackling, crowing, howling or any other animal noise considered to disturb the peace as a minor misdemeanor.
Mayor Kevin Benton said the ordinance does not prohibit residents from having animals within the city limits. "We're just asking people to control their animals," Benton said.

During a prior meeting both Schroeder and Recker said residents had concerns about personal property rights.

Council also had a split vote on a cell phone policy for employees. This resolution will allow full-time employees to use their personal cell phone with reimbursement being the cost the village pays for the village cell phone service. The third reading on the resolution passed by a 3-2 vote also with Schroeder and Dave Heitmeyer voting no.

It was a unanimous vote on setting the mayor's salary at $4,000 per year, which is the same as it has been. The new ordinance was necessary to repeal a former ordinance that would have made the salary higher.

The third reading on a resolution to support the Putnam County Commissioner's application for financial assistance through the Local Government Innovation Fund Program was approved by a 4-1 vote with Joyce Wyant voting no.

Council held an executive session to discuss the potential purchase or sale of land. Following the executive session Mayor Benton said during the executive session they discussed if funds were available for the possible purchase of land in the next few months.

"We're just considering it at this point," the mayor noted.

Council approved a request by The Meadows to use Orchard Drive on Dec. 7 for their annual 5K run.

It was announced the Halloween parade will be Wednesday evening, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. with Main Street being closed during the event. Trick or treat is Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.