Pictured above Tom Balch, Kevin O’Dell, Susan Larson and Don Ross take the oath of office during the village board meeting on Monday night. (Photo by Monetta Young)
BY MONETTA YOUNG
ASHTON — Don Ross was sworn in by Village Attorney Dave Tess to serve as village president of Ashton for the next four years at the meeting held Monday, May 13. Also taking the oath of office were elected trustees Susan Larson, Kevin O’Dell and Tom Balch.
Ross announced his committee appointments for the upcoming term.
Village vice president will be Tom Balch.
Finance committee will be Mike Emmons, Ross and Dave Balch
Streets and alleys committee will be Dave Balch, Bobby Stover, O’Dell and Emmons
Water and sewer committee will be Tom Balch, Dennis Bartels, Larson and Dean Meurer
Parks and park planning committee is Larson, Carol Goley, Ross and Emmons
Ordinance Committee is Ross, David Tess, Meurer and Sharon Van Dam
Civil Defense – Ross, Darrell Farringer, Bernard Richter and John Varga
Pet Control Farringer, Bartels and Bobby Stover
Sanitation officer is Tom Balch
Economic development and long range planning members are Meurer, Ross and Dave Balch
Mills and Petrie library/gymnasium Steven Toole, Sandra Pankhurst, Richard Russell, Janet McGrail, Tom Balch, Sherri Stauffer, Librarian and Commander of the American Legion
Ashton cemetery board is Art Cardot, Van Dam, Sandra Pankhurst and James Bolen
Zoning board of appeals is Rich Russell, Harry Ebens, Jerry Williams, Tim Henert and Dan Stumpenhorst
Food pantry Tom Balch, Emmons and O’Dell
Community help committee Emmons, Ross and O’Dell
Beautification committee Larson, Emmons and Meurer
Outgoing mayor John Martinez thanked the board members and the community for supporting him throughout the past four years.
The board voted unanimously to forgive inner fund loans and to pass the budget as presented.
Citizen Cheryl Taylor asked if the ordinance regarding untagged/inoperable vehicles was being enforced. Police Chief Darrell Farringer will investigate her concerns.
The newly seated board voted unanimously to increase the number of signatures required on checks from the cemetery fund to two. All other village accounts require two signatures on each check and there are four eligible signers for each account.
The board approved the request from Ross to obtain a credit card for village use.
The clerk submitted a request for the board to renew a street light contract. Ross requested that the issue be tabled until June to allow him time to review the bids submitted.
The board approved a bid from Dan’s Tire to replace four tires on the white utility truck in the amount of $669.40.
Discussion was held on replacing the roof of the two buildings on Cartwright Avenue near the sewer plant. They have not been replaced in more than 25 years and have suffered much wind damage.
No decision was made regarding allowing open containers during the Ashton Summer Celebration. Dave Balch and Police Chief Farringer presented the plan to the board to allow celebration attendees to be able to consume alcoholic beverages throughout the festival grounds on Saturday only. Farringer does not think policing would be an issue. All who wish to drink alcoholic beverages must be wearing a wrist band and have their beverage in a cup provided only by the beer garden or one of the two taverns in town. No cans or glass bottles would be allowed. Ultimately it is the liquor commissioners decision and he will consider the matter and get back to Balch in a timely fashion. Profits from the sale of the wrist bands/cups would benefit the fireworks display.
For the complete article see the 05-15-2013 issue.
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