By Heather Canan
For the Piqua Daily Call
BRADFORD — Bradford coucil held its first meeting for the month of June last week, welcoming new council member Jamie Maxwell. Noticeably there was another empty seat. After Mayor Don Stump called the meeting to order he read a resignation letter from Dave Abney saying that his work schedule had changed and he would be unable to fulfill his duties as a council member. Council now has 30 days to fill the vacant seat. Bill Favorite and Deb Warner both stood up and let it be known that they were interested in the open seat.
Council heard comments from several residents.
First to speak was a member from the community that received a letter saying she needed to have her sidewalks fixed on one of her properties. She wanted to let the council know that her curbs have been partially damaged by rerouted traffic during Pumpkin Show. She does not want to make repairs if the traffic will continue to be damage during the Pumpkin Show. She was directed to contact the Pumpkin Show committee about the damage and rerouting possibilities. Council also let her know residents can have the costs of new sidewalks or repairs added to her property taxes.
Council requested the presence of property owner Galen Hackett at the meeting. There were questions concerning the business zoned buildings downtown and who permitted him to turn the business zoned properties to apartment rentals. Hackett was unable to pinpoint who he had a gentleman’s agreement with. Council then discussed that even if there was an agreement, that it was null and void regardless since business zoned properties were not meant for apartment rentals. The zoning board wants to make changes to the ordinance stating that building owners may have apartment rentals on the second or third floors but not on the first floor of a building. The mission is to make an inviting downtown area for new business opportunities. After much discussion it was agreed that Hackett would be sent a letter and given six months to conform. Desi Layman also wanted to make sure that all business property owners would be sent a letter defining ordinance changes once they are passed.
Village Administrator Updates
Village Administrator Rick Looker updated council on several ongoing projects:
• The Stitchter Street project is scheduled to start at the end of this month.
• The EPA has requested the village to abandon or fix well number 1. They are looking to fix the well and says that it only runs maybe 2 hours a year.
• The waste water plant is getting closer to being finished.
• The Income Surveys will hit mailboxes in July. The surveys are sent randomly to village residents. At some point there will be people going door to door to get more information. Filling out these surveys are vital to the village. The surveys will help determine how much grant money the village can receive.
• Looker also let the council know that the park continues to have the same problems of destruction and abuse of the park facilities. The last time Looker went to the park he found three spots where fires had been started with one of them being in the men’s restroom. The women’s restroom had trash thrown about. The sheriff at the meeting did take note of the problems and will do what they can to keep an eye on the park.
• The sewer separation project has ran into landscaping issues and the water valves are being prepared and almost completed.
•The village will be holding its annual Movie in the Park at dark on Aug. 9. The movie to be shown is The Lego Movie Looker wanted to thank area businesses and organizations that have donated more than $2,000 towards the event.
•Looker also made a proposal for street repairs. Paving is to begin in two weeks as well as some chipping and sealing. The motion was made and approved for $50,000.
Due to the resignation of Dave Abney council agreed to change back to 7 p.m. for the start time for council meetings.
Those who are interested in filling the open seat on the council, are invited to write a short bio about yourself and why you would like to join the council and sent it to the village office at 115 N. Miami Ave., Bradford, OH 45308.