Celebrating release from state fiscal oversight

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(Posted Nov. 8, 2022)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

In October, the state officially released the village of Mount Sterling from fiscal oversight. The release has been six years in the making. The need for oversight stemmed from theft and fraud committed by former village officials.

“We have officially reached the end of fiscal oversight,” said Andy Drake, village council president pro tem, at the Oct. 24 council meeting. “That’s a huge, huge achievement, and looking back over the work that was done, it is hard to say anything other than the results speak for themselves.”

He continued, “This village is on solid fiscal ground, it’s well run, and most importantly we’re committed to open government and community involvement in everything we do.”

He thanked everyone who worked toward the goal and thanked the fiscal oversight board, saying it wasn’t a glamorous civic duty but one done well by all involved.

“Frankly, it helped us move on from what I think everyone would say is kind of a dark time,” Drake said. “In the community, I realize there are those who will have a very difficult time forgiving or forgetting what has occurred, and I don’t necessarily disagree with that. But what I would ask everybody to do is spend more time and put more energy into looking forward and help us invest in the village and grow the village.”

David Timmons, who has been a council member throughout the six years of oversight, said he is proud of the hard work everyone put in.

“We had to watch every nickel. To be where we’re at today, I just feel so glad,” he said.

Community Appreciation Dinner
American Legion Post 417 and the Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce are hosting a Community Appreciation Dinner 12-2 p.m. Nov. 19. The dinner is free and open to anyone who lives or works in the village. There are no income requirements.

Meals will be available for dine-in, carryout, or delivery. Dine-in and carryout meals will be served at the Legion Post, 27 Clark St., Mount Sterling. Anyone requesting delivery can call the Legion at (740) 869-2795.

The meals include turkey, ham, and all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings.

Upcoming meetings
The following council committee meetings will take place in council chambers at town hall:
• Streets–Nov. 2 at 8 a.m.
• Water/wastewater–Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m.
• Nuisance/abatement–Nov. 2 at 6 p.m.
• Parks and recreation–Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.
• Records and retention–Nov. 4 at 8 a.m.
• Planning and zoning–Nov. 22 at 6 p.m.
The next regular council meeting is set for Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

Meetings are open to the public.

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