|Walbridge reserves Loop Park for July 4-6 to celebrate centennial|
|Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Monday, 25 March 2013 09:11|
WALBRIDGE - Plans for the village's centennial celebration continue to evolve.
At Wednesday's meeting, council reluctantly voted to allow the centennial committee to reserve Loop Park on July 4-6.
Councilman Nathan Eikost, who also serves on the committee, said vendors, amusement park rides and a senior day are in the works.
Mayor Ed Kolanko said he wanted to see a more detailed agenda from the committee.
"I'm not opposed to it," added Councilman Ron Liwo, "I just want more of a plan."
Council did unanimously approve the dates, but asked for more details as soon as possible.
Some business owners complained last month about a proposal to shut down Main Street for the three days in July. The VFW leader was also concerned that no one had officially booked the post's hall for the April 7 council commemoration, which had been discussed for months. It has since been booked for refreshments after the special council meeting.
In other business, council heard from resident Joann Schiavone, a former councilwoman, who was concerned about Kenneth Frost's work responsibilities. Frost, who is the police chief, was named the permanent, part-time village administrator at the last meeting.
Schiavone questioned how Frost could effectively do both jobs.
"He does have a heavy load," Kolanko said.
Frost works many days from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on patrol, then does administrative duties after that shift. Kolanko said he also attends most council and council committee meetings.
Solicitor Brian Ballenger added that both the chief and administrator jobs are salary positions, meaning they are not limited to 40 hours per week.
"He is very competent. We are extremely lucky to have him in the village of Walbridge," said council president Jan Sawaya.
Council did approve a new village administrator job description on Wednesday.
It includes tracking and resolving problems reported to the village, preparing grant applications and assisting with interviewing, hiring and disciplining employees.
Also at the meeting, council:
• Heard that Professional Transportation Inc. has likely agreed to a five-year lease with the village in exchange for parking lot work and the addition of three windows in the building. PTI leases a Drouillard Road building that the village purchased in 2009 to keep the business in the village. Council voted last month to spend $30,000 on the parking lot improvements.
• Awarded the East Perry Street paving project to Bowers Asphalt and Paving, Walbridge, for $66,044.
• Entered into an agreement with Poolequip.com for $5,800 for a AXS chair lift for the pool.
• Heard Councilwoman Sue Hart-Douglas say the parks, recreation and community events committee is proposing no pool membership rate increases for this summer. It would like to establish a twilight gate rate of $2 from 5 to 8 p.m.
• Approved the community garage sales for May 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Heard Schiavone ask for increased speed limits on Union Street, from 25 mph to 35 mph.
Schiavone also asked if council would change its rules to allow public commentary during the meetings.
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