Members of the Coalton Village Council have taken the first steps necessary to have two levy options placed on general election ballots this November, after the measures failed in the recent primary election.

“As you may or may not know, the Parks and Recreation Levy and the Cemetery Levy failed in the primary election,” said Councilman Jim Milliken during the Monday night, May 18 Coalton Council meeting. “We’re going to put them back on for the November election because the kids use the parks all the time and the cemetery will need to be mowed in 2021.”

The night’s agenda included two resolutions requesting certificates of estimated property tax revenue from Jackson County Auditor Tiffany Ridgeway. Councilman Milliken explained the two-mill, five-year Cemetery Levy and the 1.75-mill, five-year Parks and Recreation Levy are both renewals and, if passed this fall, would not involve any tax increases. Council unanimously approved both resolutions.

“This is the last year we’ll be collecting Cemetery Levy money and Parks and Recreation Levy money if they do not pass,” Councilman Milliken explained. “If they do not pass in November, we’ll have to take the necessary steps to quit mowing in the cemetery and if anything would happen in the parks, we can’t mow the parks.”

Councilman James Barnes, who joined the meeting via phone, asked Councilman Milliken if he believed the levies failed due to poor voter turnout in light of the COVID-19 virus. Councilman Milliken stated he does not believe this is the case.

“I think the levies failed because a small sector of town didn’t appreciate the problems we had at the cemetery in 2019, and therefore, they worked against it,” he explained.

Mayor Kim Milliken encouraged everyone to visit the cemetery in order to see some of the improvements that were recently made. She said hand railings were recently installed in the harder-to-access areas, a picnic table was placed at the site and a bench has been built in the older section.

“I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised,” Mayor Milliken said. “It just looks very pleasant, and it’s been mowed and weed-eated.”

In other business

* Council unanimously approved Resolution B2100, which authorizes the mayor to accept the conveyance of six parcels of real property on Second and Church streets in the village. This property was donated by brother and sister, Gregory and Catherine Ray, according to Mayor Milliken. She said the two would like to see the village install a pollinator park on the donated land.

* Resolution GF2020-1, which transfers appropriations from the Garbage Fund to the General Fund, was unanimously approved. This legislation, according to Mayor Milliken, is pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 5705.14D, for the reason that the activity for which the fund was created has been terminated.

* Council entered into executive session at the end of the regular meeting in order to discuss contractual matters with no action expected.

The next meeting of Coalton Village Council is set for Monday, June 1 starting at 7 p.m.