The Stryker summer festival is five weeks away and events are coming together, though village officials are unsure on a name as of yet.
Councilman Sean Ingram told the village council during its meeting Monday that a cornhole tournament, live music and food are all currently planned for the event on Aug. 21. The parade will start at 5 p.m.
“The Rotary wants to be involved in something; We have some folks over at the high school who have some different ideas,” he said. “We just have to coordinate to make sure no one is stepping on each other’s toes.”
The festival will be at the Springfield Township Park, 200 N. Defiance St.
Councilwoman Kim Feehan asked about a beer garden.
“I think it’s a great money maker and I still think it can be a family event even if there is alcohol there,” she said. “I think it draws people in, as well.”
Ingram said they discussed it, but the process takes a couple of months and they simply don’t have the time, admitting later they were “behind the eight ball.”
While a beer garden may bring some people to the event, Mayor Joey Beck said the rules at the park forbid alcohol and so not having alcohol there is also out of respect for the park’s rules.
Beck also asked about the name, as the event was called Heritage Days before but that was around the time of a special anniversary for the village and when the American Legion was preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
Although Beck asked Ingram (seemingly in jest) to name it, Ingram declined, saying it should be a decision for the whole committee.
Separately, the council discussed the COVID-19 funding it will receive through the American Rescue Plan Act.
Village Fiscal Officer Beth Rediger said she filed for the grant and should hear back with details within a month. The village is set to receive $136,000 in two equal payments.
“Originally, it was going to be $250,000, but it didn’t have townships in it so they went back and restructured it,” she said.
The money must be spent by 2026.
Current is required, Rediger said, to spend it on water, sewer and broadband.
“That could change, they’re still discussing it,” she said. “With the townships in it, not everyone has water and sewer. So, there’s talk of drainage being added.”
Village Administrator Alan Riegsecker said they were looking to upgrade a water main on Johnson Avenue.
Currently, the street has a 4-inch water main but the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency “has been on us about upgrading it to a 6-inch minimum,” he said. An engineer’s estimate places the project cost at $120,000.
In other business, council:
• Heard from a family who is unable to tear down a blighted house they own within the 30-day period set by the village and asked for an exception. The decision on these issues falls on Beck who didn’t want to make a knee-jerk reaction and wanted to discuss the situation with council and the administrator. He said he would have an answer by the end of the month.
• Heard the village’s judiciary committee met prior to the meeting to discuss changing an ordinance to allow a family to raise goats in the village limits. The committee recommended making no changes to the ordinance.
• Heard Riegsecker is working with the Williams County Port Authority and the Williams County Economic Development Corporation concerning village property that could be used for infrastructure projects, such as installation of solar panels.