Lake Odessa Village Council passed the 2019-20 budget at its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 25
Lake Odessa Village Council passed 2019-20 budget Monday, Feb. 25
Amy Jo Parish Contributing Writer
With little discussion, the Lake Odessa Village Council passed the 2019-20 budget at its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 25. Trustee Michael Brighton cast the only dissenting vote on the budget. When asked, Brighton did not give specific reasons behind his vote. “I think there’s some things we should dig into deeper,” Brighton said. “It’s just my personal opinion.”
The budget includes anticipated revenues of $2,267,347 with expenditures estimated at $2,073,287.
Also at the meeting, Gregory L. Minshall from ENG Engineering and Surveying updated the council on the Jordan Lake Trail project. Work is slated to begin in September and will include a boardwalk with seating area over a portion of the Jordan Lake shore.
The boardwalk will incorporate steel cable as part of the railing design and mesh screen on part of the boardwalk to address concerns from residents. The blocking of sight-lines to the lake is a concern raised by those living along the proposed project. Minshall said utilizing the cables and mesh will keep the sight obstructions to a minimum.
A bridge also will be constructed as part of the trail. The bridge also will be beneficial for the village department of public works. In order to replace some of the piping in the area, the DPW would have to construct a bridge. Instead, it will be able to take advantage of the trail bridge, saving the department those funds to be used for other projects.
The trail will cross behind the McDonald’s building in town, missing the wetland area and will include a pedestrian crossing with stop signs, white stripes and raised bumps where it crosses Jordan Lake Street.
The council also passed a resolution to establish rates, fees and schedules for water service. Usage charge for water is $3.61 per 1,000 gallons for residents and $7.22 per 1,000 gallons for non-residents. A proposed plan for a campground at the fairgrounds was unanimously forwarded to the planning commission for further review. The planning commission will work with Bill King, president of the fair board, to evaluate the plans and then make a recommendation to the full council.
The board also approved minutes from the November 2018 library board meeting showing a vote to increase the library director’s compensation 11 percent. The $2-per-hour increase will add $3,744 a year to the wages and will be retroactive to Sept. 1, 2018, the date of the director’s six-month performance review.
The Lake Odessa Police Department has four positions open and has begun advertising for candidates. The department report detailed the number and nature of calls for the month of January, including 36 calls for service involving three arrests, 10 traffic stops, one misdemeanor traffic citation and nine parking violations.
The Lake Odessa Village Council will meet at 7 p.m. March 18 in the Page Memorial Building, 839 Fourth Ave.