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Fire station tours set for April 20

HEBRON – Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 20.

Hebron Mayor Clifford Mason told council members at their Feb. 27 meeting that a ribbon cutting ceremony and public tours of the expanded/renovated fire station are set for 1- 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. The ribbon cutting is set for 1:30 p.m. The date is exactly one year after ground was broke.

“It will be 99.5 percent done by Friday (March 1) except for outside,” Mason reported.

In other business Feb. 27, Village Administrator Ralph Wise said the village may make some changes in its plans for the Kelley and Wetview Street Improvement Project when it seeks a Small Government grant. The $500,000 project with a $130,000 local share narrowly missed being funded by the Ohio Public Works Commission. Wise said it was the second highest ranked project submitted by a small government entity that failed to get OPWC funding which should help its prospects for a Small Government grant. He cautioned that the competition is state-wide with just $15 million available.

“We should know something by May,” he added.

A long-time Westview Drive resident told council members, “We really need a new street with curbs.” She said it had been resurfaced once in the 49 years she has lived there.

Council members unanimously agreed with Wise’s recommendation that this be the last year that the village purchase six new mowers from Buckeye Power Sales and then trade them in the following year. He believes the village would be better off operationally and financially to keep mowers longer than a year. Wise said supervisors have promised to treat this year’s new mowers as long-term investments, not ones that will be traded in next year.

Wise also reported that he and the new water superintendent along with Bird & Bull engineers plan to visit several communities using automated water meters to assess their experiences before seeking bids. Plans are to replace all water meters in the village at village expense. Automated meters report usage on a continuing basis which means that unusual usage or leaks could be reported to customers quickly.

After a brief executive or closed session. council members unanimously accepted with regret fiscal officer Marty Snavely’s resignation effective April 26.

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