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Central Park flea market request denied

By JIM BREWER Published: June 13, 2017 4:00 AM

After some discussion, village council, at its meeting Monday, June 5, denied a request for an individual to operate a flea market in Loudonville's Central Park.

The request was made by Gloria Sargent, with her proposed flea market designed to raise funds for the MUGS organization in Loudonville. MUGS has been working to develop a nonprofit community coffee house type organization in the downtown for several years.

Law Director Thom Gilman said the village was in a difficult position on this request "because we have no written policy on what responsibilities of such operators would entail."

Maintenance Supervisor John Burkhart said the request was also complicated because there were other park usage requests for the same date, including a youth association softball tournament, putting a lot of pressure on our services."

"When events like this are staged by local nonprofits, like the Chamber of Commerce, they are scheduled so not to conflict with events like ball tournaments," Mayor Steve Stricken said. "And when the fair is held, they cover all costs for items like insurance, electricity, police protection and maintenance services and water," Burkhart added.

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Council unanimously voted to deny the request.

Council approved use of the park on the same date by Beth Murray for a Unity in the Community ceremony. That ceremony's date was changed from an original request of July 17.

It also approved the McMullen Parents Association renting the village swimming pool the evening of Aug. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Fire Chief Matt Carey reminded council members an emergency response event will be staged this Wednesday, June 7. He said about 85 emergency response personnel, including local fire and law enforcement personnel and personnel from the railroad, will be involved in the exercise from about 6 to 9 p.m. at the Agrimart site just east of Loudonville on Ohio 3. He also said there will be a follow up meeting on the event, for participants only, at the Loudonville High School cafeteria after the event Wednesday. Carey also reported American Legion Post 257, Loudonville, purchased six new firefighting gear sets, and air packs for the department at a total cost of around $8,400. Stricklen said he understood the purchase was made at a significant savings to the village.

Council approved purchasing a new dump body and sub frame for a village dump truck for $10,500 from Robertson Truck Sales in Mount Vernon.

It took no action after learning the quote to replace fencing for the village dog park on Wally Road was $13,300. The current fence, erected by a local Girl Scout troop several years ago, is falling apart and has been declared hazardous, with the dog park subsequently closed, Council Member Traci Cooper said.

She said she would like to hear from residents on how they feel about the dog park and its value before investing this money into a new fence.

"I have also heard that the ground there is soft and can be squishy when it rains a lot," Cooper said. Councilman Bill Welsh said funding the dog park fence replacement could be a community service project of some organization.

Village Administrator Curt Young said an architect is reviewing bids for work at Ohio Theatre, including new restrooms and a handicapped accessible entrance. "Bids should be ready by the next meeting June 19, but I do know that they have come in under estimate," Young said.

Mayor Stricklen voice praised for the work of three Leo Club members at the high school, Mackenzie Carney, Mackenzie Frankford and Emily Hurst, who weeded, trimmed and mulched the grounds, and mowed the lawn at the youth building as a community service project. "Looks great," the mayor said.

Council voted to pay the $250 lifeguard registration fee for four lifeguard applicants at the village swimming pool. Council Parks and Buildings Chairman Jason VanSickle had reported difficulty for the village to find lifeguards this season.

Council approved three pieces of legislation, the 2017 tax budget; a resolution renewing the license of Rumpke as village trash hauling contractor; and a resolution creating a drug enforcement trust fund enabling the village to accept funds issued from courts for drug enforcement efforts.

Young reported the new village consumer confidence report on village water quality has been published and is available on the village website.


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