EDON — In a joint meeting with the Florence Township trustees on Wednesday, the Edon Village Council approved the sale of lawn care equipment owned by the Edon Union Cemetery.
The equipment includes lawnmowers and a trailer, said Chad Ordway, Edon village administrator.
“(The cemetery board) contracted out mowing and the new contractor supplies mowers,” he said.
Councilman Dave Loughborough, who is also on the cemetery board, said the proceeds from the sale will go toward the purchase of a tractor that will be more useful.
“We’re talking about getting a tractor that can get into the smaller plots,” added Councilman Spencer Kaiser.
The council and two township trustees — Don Imm and Mark Trausch — voted unanimously to sell the equipment in an online auction.
During the combined meeting, they also discussed the removal of some trees and shrubs.
The trustees expressed concern they could have been planted in someone’s memory.
“Even if they were planted by family members, they’ve outlived their course,” Loughborough said.
“If they’re unsightly, we need to take care of them,” he said.
Tom Thompson, village solicitor, suggested they run an ad in the newspaper requesting comments.
During the council’s regular meeting, Ordway said the contractor portion of the wastewater treatment plant has been finished and the village will take care of the next phase.
“Our parts are being ordered and they’re slowly coming in,” he said. “I have maybe 80 percent in but the 20 percent that I’m missing are critical parts I need to have to get started.”
In other business:
• Thompson reported back on the county charter initiative Loughborough asked about the previous meeting. Thompson had concerns, saying it lacked a section for definitions and he was, therefore, unsure how a judge might interpret it. He encouraged people to read it themselves.
• Ordway said he found a possible replacement vac truck for the village. He said it has some damage but should be cheaper than buying used or new. Currently, he said the village borrows a jet truck. He intends to look at it and assess the viability.
• Entered an executive session to discuss property acquisition with no action expected.