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On the record | McDonald Village Council

McDonald

WHAT: Village council meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Brian Fisher, Ray Lewis, Richard Harvey, Sean Schmidt, Cliff DeZee, Kyle Joynes and Mayor Glen Puckett

Council:

Heard from Puckett the service committee is finalizing a new facilities- use agreement with the school district that will have the schools using village properties such as the park for events and require that school employees clean up and do maintenance after school events, not village employees. Schmidt said wording is being worked on that will then be sent to the board of education for its approval. Puckett said the agreement will be a “win win” for both sides;

Heard from Puckett who thanked residents for passage of the renewal operating levy on Tuesday’s ballot that raises $27,000 annually for village operations. He said the levy originally was passed in the 1970s;

Will decide at the Nov. 18 meeting whether to return to in-person meetings based on the status of the coronavirus pandemic that in recent weeks has had COVID-19 cases increasing. Puckett said if Trumbull County goes purple, the meetings will continue online on YouTube;

Heard from village administrator Thomas Domitrovich that 375 packages were distributed for the drive-thru trick or treat hosted by the village with remaining candy and activity packages to be given to local preschools and organizations;

Heard from solicitor Doug Ross the village is cracking down on delinquent income-tax payers He said RITA makes an effort first to get the owed income tax, and then the village sends letters to the property owners to make payments or to appear in mayor’s court. Ross said efforts to get the money paid have improved in recent months;

Are waiting to hear from county health officials on the status of reopening the community center and holding of the annual Christmas in the Village observance;

Heard from Schmidt that officials are waiting to see what the fee will be from Charles E. Harris and Associates for the village audit and financial statements. He said the fee in 2019 was $900;

Approved a zone change from residential to commercial for property at 452 Pennsylvania Ave. to be used for additional village parking space.

— Bob Couplan

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