Cleanup day so popular, village schedules another one

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(Posted Nov. 1, 2022)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Mount Sterling residents are responding well to cleanup days organized by the village–so well, in fact, that the village has put another cleanup day on the calendar.

Each year, the village sponsors a large cleanup day in the spring. This year, they decided to add a mini fall cleanup on Oct. 22. The response was bigger than expected.

“I wasn’t expecting as much of a turnout as we got. We were so busy,” said council member Rob Longcoy, adding that people were still waiting to dispose of items after the trash receptacle reached capacity.

For that reason, Longcoy requested that council approve a second fall cleanup which will take place Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to noon. If needed, hours will be extended to 4 p.m. The event is designed specifically for bulk items, such as beds, mattresses, couches, and brush.

Residents looking to get rid of bulk items can bring the items to the dump themselves during the cleanup hours or call town hall, (740) 869-2040, ahead of time to make arrangements for pickup at their homes. Items left for pickup must be placed at the curb. Cleanup crew members will not enter personal dwellings.

Longcoy noted that the cleanup is not designed for regular household trash that Rumpke or Waste Management picks up. He also said that tires, concrete, old paint cans and other hazardous materials, computers, televisions, and appliances containing freon will not be accepted.

Monitors will be stationed at the dump to be sure people participating in the cleanup are Mount Sterling residents.

Fiscal oversight ends
In October, the state officially released the village 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 ha 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/abatelement–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.

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