BST&G Open House slated for October 7
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
During last Wednesday’s Sunbury Village Council meeting, council member Tom Zalewski, who serves as the village representative on the BST&G Fire District Fire Board, said BST&G would hold a Community Open House at the fire station from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 7, to kick off National Fire Prevention Week.
Zalewski said this year’s National Fire Prevention Week theme is Have Two Ways Out.
The BST&G Open House will highlight the Have Two Ways Out theme with demonstrations about the need to know how to get out of a building in case of a fire, and why it is important to know two ways out, in addition to other educational topics.
Zalewski also said area residents interested in taking a CPR class will be able to sign up at the open house, and CPR class information will also be posted on the fire district’s website at < bstgfiredistrict.org >.
During the open house fire district crews will present their own versions of Firehouse Chili that will be judged by residents attending the event.
During his report to council, village administrator Dave Martin said subsurface water leaks on South Vernon Street turned out to be more severe than originally thought.
“Village maintenance supervisor Rob Gorley and his street crew dug down and found an 8-inch pipe leading to a 12-inch pipe leading to a 16-inch pipe tying into a 24-inch pipe that were all old brittle clay pipe, and all damaged,” Martin said. “They were able to install a connector on the broken piece of tile and replace other damaged pieces to get storm water flowing through the pipe.”
Martin said the hole has been backfilled and will be allowed to settle before replacing the five sections of sidewalk removed to make the repair.
“It was quite a mess,” Martin said. “But it’s all taken care of.”
In other business, council members approved Resolution 2012-12, allowing Martin to proceed with Ohio Public Works Commission grant application paperwork for 2013 street improvements.
Council members also approved Resolution 2012–13, transferring money from the Cemetery Bequest Fund to the General Fund.
Village Fiscal Officer Kathy Belcher noted that the Cemetery Bequest Fund has been on the village books for decades, but its origin and purpose is unknown.
“If anyone knows anything about this fund, please contact the village administration office,” Belcher said.
Council members also approved a $5,983 purchase order for road salt from Delaware County.
It was noted that Dominion Homes has started Sunbury Meadows Section 3B that will create 30 new residential building lots in the subdivision.
During the September Finance Committee meeting held immediately preceding the council meeting, Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield said council members needed to generate momentum on the Town hall roof repair project.
“We need to have the engineer look at it and assess it, and get some numbers,” Hatfield said. “That’s something I’d like to get done out of the lottery fund; and I’d like to get something going quickly. We have some pretty substantial leaks.”
Asked if Sunbury Town Hall could be roofed before winter, Hatfield said he wasn’t certain if that was a realistic expectation.
“As expensive as it’s going to be,” he said, “we want to get somebody in the attic to get an understanding of the structure.”
Hatfield also said he would like to get the old village water plant on Sedgwick Avenue demolished and that area cleaned up.
The next Sunbury Village Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 3.
Sunbury’s website is located at < sunburyvillage.com >.
Sunbury Village Council meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m., third floor council chambers, Sunbury Town Hall. Council committees meet one hour before regularly scheduled council sessions. All village council and council committee meetings are open to the public.