Coalton Mayor Kim Milliken recently announced that the first public meeting for the village has been set in the process of attempting to obtain grant funding through the Neighborhood Revitalization program.
During the Monday night, Oct. 1 meeting of Coalton Village Council, Mayor Milliken explained she and other village officials were in contact with Whitaker Wright of Community Development Consultants (CDC) of Ohio last week regarding this process. Further, she said all village residents should have received a survey regarding the Neighborhood Revitalization Grant.
"We've basically been told we will get the grant as long as we have community participation," Mayor Milliken said. "That involves not only returning the survey, but also coming to the meetings."
Mayor Milliken stated there will most likely be three of these public meetings, the first of which has been set for Saturday, Oct. 13 at 12:30 p.m. She said the meeting will be held at the Village Office unless more space is needed, at which time the location will be changed to that of the James A. Rhodes Community Building. A light lunch will be served.
The presence of all council members was requested for this meeting and Mayor Milliken also urged council members to stress to their neighbors the importance of participation in this process. She explained the grant is for a total of $500,000, which she said would help fund ditching, the demolition of blighted structures such as the old Coalton School gymnasium, as well as improvements to structures like the James A. Rhodes Community Building.
With regard to the demolition of blighted structures in the village, Mayor Milliken also mentioned her intent to get in contact with Jackson County Land Reutilization Corporation (Land Bank) Chair Lee Hubbard. She said she plans to inquire about what structures in the village may qualify for demolition through that agency.
In other business
Mayor Milliken reminded council that State Route 93 in the village will be closed beginning Monday, Oct. 8 and is expected to remain closed for approximately 60 days. She said regular traffic will be rerouted through the village at that time, though large trucks will not be permitted to do so. This project will involve fixing a slip in the roadway and the moving of electric poles from one side of the road to the other, according to Mayor Milliken. She also stated that some railroad repairs will also be undertaken at the same time.
The newest Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy to cover the village, James Lantz, was introduced to council.
The Coalton Employee Drug Policy (CDP 2018-1) received its final reading and was unanimously approved.
Council unanimously approved making Village Water/Sewer/Court Clerk Shirley Rowland a salaried employee, which was a follow-up to discussions from the last council meeting. It was explained that Rowland's salary will be figured by multiplying her hourly rate by 30, which represents one week of work.