(Posted July 20, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Projects and events are brewing for Mount Sterling’s parks and recreation.
The village received a $75,000 grant through the state capital budget for improvements at Mason Park. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will administer the funding which is due to arrive in village coffers soon. In the meantime, local leaders are prioritizing projects for the park. They have two years to spend the money.
Mount Sterling’s next movie night at the park is set for July 30. The public is invited to come out at 8 p.m. for water games and kite flying. The Disney film, “Raya and the Last Dragon,” will be shown on the village’s inflatable big screen at dusk.
“We had a great turnout for our last movie night. I hope they just keep growing and growing,” said Becky Martin, chair of village council’s parks and recreation committee.
Martin hopes to see the Friends of the Park committee revived. The group has goals but is small, she said. Projects are planned over the course of several years. Anyone interested in being part of the committee can call Mayor Marci Darlington at town hall, (740) 869-2040, ext. 109.
Darlington is raffling off three collections of goodies with proceeds benefiting Mason Park: a cooler full of summertime gear, including the makings for s’mores, water toys, and water bottles; an Italian-themed food basket; and a fishing- and camping-themed equipment and snack basket. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and can be purchased by contacting Darlington at town hall or via email at email@example.com. The drawing will be held on July 29.
In other news, the village is in the process of interviewing candidates for the village administrator position.
“We hope to have a decision soon. We have projects we need help with,” Darlington said. “We want to make sure we have the right candidate for the job. Hopefully, we get somebody who is dedicated to Mount Sterling and will help with the progress of the village.”
At the July 11 council meeting, Andy Drake, chair of the finance committee, said the village will be making significant expenditures on urgent infrastructure projects this year, including fire hydrant repair, pothole repair, and street marking.
“Some of the numbers will be quite high,” said Drake, who was quick to add the projects are accounted for in the budget.
Village leaders hope to present their plan for the expenditures at the July 26 meeting with the state financial commission committee. Everything will eventually come before council for review and approval.
“We welcome public input,” Drake said.