BRADFORD — The Village of Bradford held their first meeting of the month on Thursday, Feb. 11. In attendance was the entire council, the mayor, village administrator, village clerk, two members of the community, the city engineer and a sheriff’s deputy.
Engineer Brice Schmidtmeyer attended the meeting to update council on upcoming projects. Schmidtmeyer said that he has a meeting and a few things to finalize before an advertisement for bids is issued for the Grandview Drive project. He would also like to tie in the sewage smell issue on the corner of Pearl and Clay streets, as well as extending drainage at the water plant. Schmidtmeyer estimates the advertisement for bids to be run in March.
Other projects set to be focused on are Wise Street and Harrison Avenue. The village is waiting for environmental clearance from the county in order to proceed with Wise Street. The council is looking at three options on how to attack this project. Village Administrator Rick Looker feels that a complete reconstruction would be the best option for the long run, but they still need to budget and figure out what monies are available. The village has been awarded a $75,000 grant for Wise Street.
Schmidtmeyer also wants to reevaluate the Harrison Street project. Galen Balmert wanted to know if everything for this was finalized now what would be the timeline to start this project. Schmidtmeyer said that monies would not even been available until 2018.
Looker informed council that letters will be sent out to residents who have not entered into any type of energy savings program. If you decide to enter into this new offer you can save up to 35 percent of your yearly costs. Everyone is able to sign up for this savings as long as you aren’t tied up into another program.
Looker asked the council on behalf of Jim Wysong and the Bradford Pumpkin Show committee if they could be granted to use the village light poles for a decorating contest for the Pumpkin Show. Council tabled the request until they are given more guidelines on what exactly it is they want to do to the poles. They want to be sure that no wires or tape will be used in the poles in fear of damage. Share stepped up and said she will look into the guidelines the Railroad Museum used to Hobo Days. Village Clerk Brenda Selanders recently attended a Pumpkin Show meeting and said that the Pumpkin Show committee is looking to tie in the fact that this is the 150th year of the establishment of Bradford.
Council held a second reading for Ordinance O-16-1, an ordinance amending section 351.16 (parking in a residential zone) which is part of the traffic code of the codified ordinances of the village
The next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 25.
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