Woodstock again seeking resident to join council


WOODSTOCK – Village Council once again has a vacant seat available following the resignation Monday of its shortest-tenured member.

Mayor Jackie Hayes announced Jody Riegler, sworn in March 14, will no longer serve on council due to a change in her residence.

Village residents interested in serving on council are asked to contact a council member or call the municipal building at 937-826-3024.

Also during the meeting, council passed a resolution in support of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s designation of U.S. bicycle routes within the state and the further designation of state bicycle routes within the state, Champaign County and the village of Woodstock.

ODOT has proposed to route state Bicycle Route 36, which would run parallel to U.S. Route 36, through the village via Bennett Street.

“They (ODOT) will put up signage,” Fiscal Officer Tom Hallinan said. “The only (village) expense I could find is they do the initial signage, but the municipalities are responsible for maintaining the signage.”

In other business:

•Village Administrator Bradley Herron said the village received no bids for wood from an ash tree and sugar maple tree cut down earlier this year at Woodstock Ball Park due to safety concerns.

“We didn’t sell it, but it has been removed (from the park), and the debris has been cleaned up,” he said.

Based on the mayor’s recommendation, Herron informed council, the wood was offered to village resident Melinda Current, who accepted it.

“I just thought that is what we should do,” Hayes said. “She was very appreciative.”

•Council approved spending $65 to allow Hallinan to attend a mandatory fiscal officer training session on Oct. 27 in Columbus. The training session is being provided by the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office.

•Village maintenance worker Ron Moore and officials with the Union County Rampage travel baseball team were thanked by council for their upkeep efforts at Woodstock Ball Park.

Council member Beatrice Metz said her family was at the park during Labor Day weekend, and she was “amazed how nice it looks down there.”

•Hayes informed council North Lewisburg artist Pat Bollack-Brown is hoping to get started on painting a mural of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train on the north wall of the Woodstock Municipal Building in spring 2017.

In order for Bollack-Brown to proceed with the painting, the village is in the process of having a base coat of paint applied to the wall in the near future.

By Joshua Keeran

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Joshua Keeran may be reached at 937-652-1331 (ext. 1774) or on Twitter @UDCKeeran.

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