Haskins sets financing for new town hall PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 11:37
HASKINS - The village Monday approved financing for the construction of its new town hall building.
By a 4-1 vote the body authorized a one-year, $400,000 construction note from KeyBank. Member Ashley Brooks was the lone vote against the measure.
The note, at a rate of 1.47 percent, will generate $5,880 in interest over the one-year term. The measure was discussed in a Finance and Audit Committee meeting held just prior to the council meeting.
The new town hall is to be built on the site of the former Haskins Elementary School on North Findlay Street, and is expected to encompass some 4,000 square feet. The village offices, including the police department, are currently contained in an aging former church building at 100 N. Church St.
According to a fund status document distributed at Monday's meeting, the village currently has an available primary checking balance of just over $1.3 million, with all funds totaling just over $2.1 million.
A Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. to further discuss financial matters.
In other business, council:
• Discussed the continuing issue of feral cats in the village.
The topic was first broached at the Oct. 21 meeting.
Some village residents have been complaining about the number of such cats in the area, and property has reportedly been damaged. Some, without authorization, have reportedly been capturing the cats, having them spayed or neutered, and then releasing them back into the wild.
"That's still a hot topic for some," said Village Administrator Colby Carroll Monday.
Councilwoman Julie Snyder, who also chairs the Rules and Ordinances Committee, indicated that she is researching legislation that has been enacted by other area municipalities on the topic.
• Discussed the renting of farmland owned by the village. It was apparent that rental rates had not been changed since 2005, and it was decided to look into the matter to determine if rates should be raised.
• In further business, council cancelled its upcoming Dec. 16 meeting due to a lack of quorum.
Council President Pro Tempore Brad Heft was absent.

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