Dear Residents of North Kingsville,
It seems winter and the snow is on its way, just in time for Christmas!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know it may have looked differently for many of you but I hope you all still had a wonderful day filled will turkey and stuffing.
Unfortunately, we are still dealing with COVID-19. It was my hope that the number of positive cases would be much less than they are now but sadly that is not the case. The positivity rates are higher than they were in March. Therefore, please continue to wear your mask when out, practice social distancing, and follow the guidance of the Health Departments and our Governor. As for us at the Village Hall, our doors are still closed to the public but please call to set up an appointment or come by and knock on the door. We are always willing to talk and help with what you need but I ask that if you come to the building, wear a mask. We will also have to take your temperature and have you sign in.
I still continue to have county meetings but instead of two or three times a week, we are down to once. We continue to get updates from various organizations. The county puts out valuable information which is posted on our webpage and often times on our Government Facebook page. Please keep a look out for that information. I also meet with other mayors throughout Ohio. This is a bi-weekly meeting that we not only talk about the pandemic but other issues that mayor’s face every day.
Although our council meetings are closed to the public, I am trying my best to keep the public informed and involved. Our meetings are televised and I have set up a Gotomeeting account. I post information on how to link up on Gotomeeting on the Village Government Facebook page and we have copies at Village Hall. If you are having any problems connecting, please let me know so I can help you get connected. Although the times change for the airing of the council meetings, I do receiving emails as to when they will be televised and I post them on the Village Government Facebook page as well as our website. Therefore, it is my hope that if anyone is unable to link in to the Gotomeeting, they can watch it on television. As always, if you have questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me at the office or a council member.
The cleanup day we had in September was a success. We raised over $200.00 from the scrap metal that was brought in and about 75 vehicles came with trash to dispose of. We had two of our street department employees, one Outreach Committee member, my husband, and myself who worked that morning. I wanted to thank everyone who came out to dispose of their garbage and everyone who came out to help.
In November we honored our Veterans. I hope everyone had an opportunity to look on our website and/or on our Government Facebook page. I would like to thank the loved ones who sent in photos of their Veterans. I would also like our Veterans for their sacrifice and dedication to our country.
I know there has been much interest in the old school property, which we call the new property. Council knows there is much work to be done and it is our hope and intention that this property will be used for the community in some way. Council has met and has decided to start the first stage of preparing the property. The Parks and Campground Committee has been appointed to head up making decisions and make contacts to prepare the land. The first stage is flattening the land so it can be developed.
I know many are upset about Sunset Park not opening this spring. I also know there are many rumors. Council and myself have not made any definite plans yet. But what I can tell you is there has been lots of research that has been done about that land. I have contacted our insurance company. They do not recommend us opening the park. They say it is a liability and we have a responsibility to protect the public. They went on to say the playground is too close to the edge of the cliff and they fear children playing on the fence and people not following directions and crossing over the fence line. Our legal council also advised us to keep the park closed, explaining the same concerns as the insurance company. If an incident occurs at the park, the Village could be held responsible. Therefore, council and I made the difficult decision to keep the park closed. I also contacted a representative from the Ashtabula County Water and Soil Department. He came out and looked at the property. He gave a detailed report on the issues we are having and gave a couple of different options on how to fix it. We were also given an estimated amount if we decided to fix it which would be between 6 and 10 million dollars, that does not include fixing the complete shoreline that we own. That is only the part you can see. Although some believe there are grants out there, we have discovered there are no grants. The grants that are available are not for parks. The criteria for a grant is that there must be structures, water and sewer lines. Our park does not have any of that. If someone finds a grant that will help us, I encourage them to call me at the office or send me an email. Until then, I will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
In the coming 2021 there will be a couple of changes at the Village Hall. First, the Village Hall will have new hours. The building will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 4:30pm and Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm. The other change will be court will be on Wednesdays rather than Thursdays. The time will remain the same, 10:00am.
In the next coming weeks we will be getting ready for all the busy Christmas season. Please continue to watch the Government Facebook page and our website for events. The Outreach Committee and I are working hard and making plans. The employees and I are excited to decorate the Village Hall this year and there is talk of a Christmas tree at the park on Rt.20 (Clarence Blank Park)
I hope this finds all of you healthy and safe.
Mayor Mindy Bisbee