|Quincy officials continue to express concern over name of voting precinct|
|Written by Editorial|
|Friday, 25 May 2012 14:48|
Editor’s note: The following was compiled from the Quincy Village Council regular meeting minutes from May 15.
QUINCY – Council, during its May 15 meeting, continued to express concern over the Logan County Board of Elections’ discussion not to include “Quincy” in the name of the precinct village residents will report to in order to cast their ballots.
During talks over the matter, council passed a motion approving the use of the Quincy Community Building as a polling place for the Miami Township precinct, but members agreed there is a problem with the village’s name not being included in the precinct’s title.
Council noted all other villages in Logan County are mentioned in a title to alert people of the village’s existence in Logan County, except for Quincy. While council members agreed with the board in that all residents of Quincy do live in Miami Township, but village officials questioned why adding a dash to include “Quincy” to the title is such an issue.
Following discussion, council agreed it will continue to look into the matter in hopes of getting “Quincy” added to the Miami Township precinct’s title.
Also during the meeting, council again addressed the old Quincy Foundry, citing nearby property owners have expressed concern over the open building, high weeds and condition of the property.
Council stated it continues to try to find out who owns the property and is working closely with the Logan County Health Department and Logan County Sheriff’s Office to find someone responsible for maintaining the former Quincy Foundry. Until then, council is taking the proper legal steps to make sure the property is maintained and secure.
In other business:
•The first reading of two ordinances allowing for a 3 percent cost of living salary increase for Fiscal Office Sandra Ward and Village Administrator Kirk Helmandollar were presented and approved. Two more readings will be presented. The ordinances are schedule to go into effect July 1.
•Council received word that Ryan Shough is willing to sell his property on Miami Street to the village for the amount of the delinquent taxes on the property. After discussing the matter, council decided the expense would not be possible at this time.
•An energy audit has been completed by Gold Star Energy in which 10 accounts were audited within the village. According to Ward, the final outcome was an energy savings of approximately $8,000.
After reviewing the matter, council voted to move forward with the Gold Star Energy program.
•Logan County Sheriff Deputy Ryan Brown reported that the speed monitoring trailer will be placed on Jefferson Street to alert drivers of the rate of speed they are traveling. It was noted the current speed limit on Jefferson Street within the village is 25 MPH until the corporation limit.
Brown went on to say the monitoring of speed and stop sign violations will be increased in the area of Jefferson Street, and monitoring of the parks in the village will also be a priority.
•Property owners were reminded that dumping trash and the storing of trash is illegal in the village. Storage of raw trash is prohibited in garages, buildings and vehicles by way of county and village law.
Council also noted all property owners are responsible for trash removal, mowing of grass and removal of weeds from their property.
•Council took a moment to remind residents the village’s annual yard sale day will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 2. Yard sale signs are available at local businesses for a fee of $5, which helps with advertising cost and the purchase of signs.
•An application has been submitted to the Logan County Commissioners for a Community Development Block Grant to repair curbs and gutters in the downtown area.
•Council discussed the Vial of Life program with the American Red Cross. The program is a grant program through PepsiCo and has been in place for over a year. In order to participate in the grant, a meeting that presents the information regarding the use of the Vial of Life and the American Red Cross programs must be held. Council discussed the matter, and the possibility of holding such a meeting will be investigated. Anyone wishing to be involved in such a meeting should contact a council member.
•The Water Filtration Project is moving forward at this time, and construction could begin in the near future.
•Council renewed a lease with the Sidney Apostolic Temple concerning the use of the Quincy Community Building. The three-month renewal for the period of June 1 through Aug. 31. The contract allows the church to rent the Quincy Community Building every Sunday from 1-5 p.m. at a rate of $75 a week.