Holiday City

Holiday City Village Council heard the Selwyn Drive tile replacement project was almost finished and discussed the possibility of routinely saving money to fund the subdivision they are looking to build. Pictured, from left, are Mayor Pam Clark and Councilman Shawn Clark.

HOLIDAY CITY — Construction updates and funding for a future subdivision were the main agenda points during the Holiday City Village Council meeting Thursday evening.

The village had been working on fixing a broken tile on Selwyn Drive for months and needed to get permission to do the work from the Ohio Turnpike, which owns part of the property.

The project included cutting into the road to tear the broken tile out in order to install a new one with basins. The turnpike inspected the issue and gave the village the go-ahead in December.

Village Administrator Gary Baker said Thursday the project was almost finished.

“There’s still stone across (the road); They’re waiting on the asphalt,” he said. “They had to go a little deeper. They found another tile that was running water like crazy on the north side of the road that was contributing. So, they had to go down a little farther to catch that.”

Later in the meeting, Councilman Sean Rupp asked if they could allocate money to the street department on a regular basis for expenses resulting from their subdivision plan.

The village started discussing the possibility of purchasing some as-of-yet undisclosed land in the area in order to build a subdivision in the hopes of growing the town’s population.

The village has a land option contract, but has yet to purchase the property.

Rupp wondered if they could transfer a couple thousand dollars a month or $100,000 a year for things like putting streets in or purchasing the property.

Village Clerk-Treasurer Lauri TenEyck-Rupp said it might be better to put the money into a capital improvement fund.

Solicitor Cara Wall said the capital fund would likely be the best idea.

“Even if it’s permissible to do it the first way, I think best practice is probably the latter, again having a distinct project for it to keep those two separate,” she said.

No action was taken so Wall and TenEyck-Rupp could discuss it further.

In other business:

• Baker said a heater at the substation was repaired.

• March was the largest power month the village had ever seen with 7.5 megawatts of demand, said Baker.

• Council approved a then-and-now purchase order for around $9,000.

• TenEyck-Rupp said the village had around $681,000 in deposits against expenses of around $636,000, leaving the village with approximately $4.17 million in the general fund.

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