Village of Columbus Grove water tower.
Village of Columbus Grove water tower.

COLUMBUS GROVE — During Monday’s meeting of the Columbus Grove Village Council, members opted to once again close the village’s municipal building to the public, effective immediately.

Mayor Kenneth Wright raised the issue with council, citing conversations he’d had with village employees.

“After discussions with (Village Administrator) Jeff (Vance), and both ladies who work in the city building, we’ve come to the conclusion it’s time to shut that building back down again, as we did before,” Mayor Wright said.

After expressing concern about the safety of employees within the building with regard to COVID-19, as well as the inconvenience of keeping to the strict letter of Ohio’s mandatory mask order, Wright added, “If somebody needs to see the ladies, they can call and make an appointment. They’re there. You just need to call and make an appointment. That way, they can be prepared.

“When we were closed before, there weren’t any repercussions or any issues,” Mayor Wright added. “So, for the time being we’ll run that way and we’ll see what happens as time goes on.”

Chief of Police Sean Hiler approached council with a request for a new radar unit to replace one that has failed.

“This is the third cruiser that radar’s been in,” Hiler said. “There’ve been electrical issues and, finally, it’s just not working at all.”

Without reservation, council unanimously approved the purchase of a new unit at a cost of $1,229.

As a final item, Mayor Wright passed along some good news gleaned from a regional competition published in The Lima News last Sunday.

“They have an annual Best Of for the region,” Wright told council. “And Columbus Grove came out, I thought, very, very good. Unless I missed something, The Rowdy Rooster came in third in their category. The Pizzeria came in third in their category. Indian Trail came third in their category. The Winery, which isn’t in the village, but has a Columbus Grove address, came in first in their category. And the Village of Columbus Grove came in as the third best place to get a speeding ticket.”

“And that’s without a radar,” Chief Hiler quipped.

In other business, council:

• approved an ordinance permitting the placement of a Street Light Renewal Levy on next November’s ballot.

• entered into executive session to discuss contracts. No action was taken.

The next regular meeting of the Columbus Grove Village Council is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the village’s community building on Road 8-P adjacent to the community pool.