BRADFORD — The village of Bradford held their first meeting of the year on Thursday evening. The meeting started with Mayor Don Stump swearing in Bob Daugherty and welcoming him to council. This was Daugherty’s first meeting since being elected.
Deb Warner, Jeff Wirrig, Don Stump, Galen Balmert, Tom Moore, Daugherty, village administrator Rick Looker, Brenda Selanders and three village members were in attendance. Desi Layman did not attend due to illness.
First to speak was Dan Suerdieck of Miami County Planning and Zoning. Suerdieck said that it his job to further education on the Fair Housing Act to recipients of CBDG Funds. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Those with questions about the Fair Housing Act can call Jill at (937) 440-8121.
In business from the floor, Dave Abney congratulated Bob and other re-elected members of the council on their recent wins at the polls. He then wanted to say how great a job the village has done with recent snow removals. He did question if it was okay to call and ask for plow trucks to come back to his street after he moves his car so they can clear more snow from the street. Looker said that he could call and make such a request. Looker did say that the plows do try to make a couple passes or more, on each street if time permits.
Next, Abney wanted to know what protocol was for large pick up items on trash day. Looker said the rule has been the first Monday of the month is the dedicated day for large item removal. He said that you should call Rumpke to give them a heads up if you do have large items to remove. Abney also pointed out how bad things get with rental properties when people move out. He said you can always see a pile of trash outside of apartments after someone leaves. Abney feels they should consider creating a committee or have discussions on how to fine or get renters to keep their properties cleaned.
Looker said that he understands the issues, but said it’s not just that easy. Looker said the village has been unhappy with the service they have received from Rumpke. They are supposed to handle things like this after they have been notified but having them pick up the trash is not always guaranteed. The contract on trash removal is coming close to an end, the village hopes to have other options available.
Abney then invited the council to come sit on his porch some evening and listen to the storm drain near his house. Council has already been aware of issues from that particular area and said that it is already on the agenda to be looked at.
Rhonda Dunlevy, representing the Bradford Community Club, asked council if they had been updated on building in front of the club (with the scaffolding). Looker said that the owner of the property was granted a 30-day extension to get details in order to revamp the front of the building. The owner plans to renovate the building and has a business plan in line for it.
Looker informed council that the softener filtration system had to fixed. He said it should take five to six days to get the village water soft again.
Before closing the meeting, council went into executive session about land acquisition. Upon returning, there was no action to be taken.
The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Jan. 28.
Heather Canan is a freelance writer who lives in Bradford. Reach her at [email protected] or (937) 417-4317.