Spring cleanup week starts April 29

By Nick Walton - [email protected]

NORTH LEWISBURG – During Tuesday’s regular meeting, Council announced the Spring Cleanup Week will take place between April 29 and May 5.

All residents, property owners and businesses are urged to comply with and work to improve their property by removing debris, trash and junk vehicles.

Dumpsters will be placed at the village garage located on East Street on the afternoon of April 29 through the morning of May 5. Special dumpsters for scrap metal will be available and residents will be allowed to place items into the dumpsters from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the dumpsters are full.

Village Administrator Andy Yoder said the plan is to bring in five 30-yard dumpsters and allow them to be used until they are full and then cycle them out throughout the week. Council approved bringing in these dumpsters and bringing in a recycling dumpster.

Yoder noted a public notice stating which items are prohibited is posted throughout the village.

In addition to the spring cleanup, the Mechanicsburg Police Department will hold an unused/unwanted medication take-back day on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the municipal building.

With Mechanicsburg’s village council approving a three-year deal where Mechanicsburg Police will provide police protection to North Lewisburg on April 3, Capt. Scott Bodey provided council with an activity report of the first seven days of service within the village during Monday’s meeting.

Council hears presentation from CEP

Representatives from the Champaign Economic Partnership (CEP) spoke to council and residents about their efforts to expand economic development in the county.

In existence since July 2015, the CEP is Champaign County’s economic development agency and grew as a group effort from public and private entities aimed at working on economic development for the county.

During the presentation, CEP Economic Development Director Marcia Bailey showed the CEP’s website which showcases what Champaign County has to offer, available properties and business resources in the county.

“All of us have trouble sometimes knowing where we’re supposed to go to get building permits or what’s the zoning or who does vendor’s licenses so not only for us locally but imagine if you were in Atlanta, Ga., trying to navigate Champaign County Ohio and where’s North Lewisburg for an example,” Bailey said of the website. “This is how we’re trying to be able to connect the dots for anybody whether they’re in Champaign County or not.”

Bailey also presented brochures which highlights the diversity of local manufacturers and discussed the manufacturer’s council.

CEP Executive Board Member Jill O’Neal spoke about the development of Community Job Connect, a website for county employers and job seekers aimed at providing an easier experience for posting and finding local jobs.

O’Neal said the ultimate intent for the website was to connect job seekers, employers and educators so the community has one place to search for the workforce.

Community Events

Multiple events scheduled to take place in and out of the village were discussed during Tuesday’s meeting.

The North Lewisburg Branch Library will hold an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at 11 a.m. rain or shine. The event will take place at the library, 161 Winder St.

The Champaign County Department of Job and Family Services will hold a Family and Community Movie Night where “The Lego Batman Movie” will be shown April 20 at the Gloria Theatre, 216 S. Main St., Urbana. The movie is free and doors open at 7 p.m. Seating is limited to the first 350 guests.

Free community yard sales will be held on April 29 and no permit is required.

On April 30, the fifth annual Ginny Davis 5K/Walk will be held starting at 1 p.m. The race benefits the Cancer Association of Champaign County. The race will held at the ballpark.

A donation of $20 is needed for the race. Runners and walkers can register the day of the race and prizes will be given away.

The Healthy Living Coalition will hold a North Lewisburg Community Health Event May 6 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event will take place during opening day of baseball and children under 18 will be able to receive immunizations and free health screenings including sports physicals, hearing and vision testing, diabetes and blood pressure tests and developmental screenings.

The screening will take place in the shelter house next to the baseball fields. While screenings are free, parents are asked to provide insurance cards and/or medical identification.

There will also be fitness screenings as well as one week YMCA family passes given away.

Mosquito Spraying

Yoder said the village contracted with A-1 ABLE Pest Doctors to fog for mosquitoes. The normal fogging day will be on Friday after 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. with the following Saturday being the alternate date in case of bad weather conditions.

Citizens may desire to close windows, shut off air conditioners and bring pets inside.

The scheduled spraying dates are May 5, May 19, June 2, June 16, June 30, July 14, July 28, Aug. 11, Aug. 25, Sept. 8 and Sept. 22.

In other action:

•Mayor Cheryl Hollingsworth said senior citizen lunches in the village are held every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested was asked to call 888-656-6831.

By Nick Walton

[email protected]

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.