(Posted Feb. 24, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Mount Sterling leaders are setting dates for everything from movie nights to Christmas in the Village in 2021.
Village council members discussed the calendar items during committee reports at their Feb. 23 meeting.
New to the events lineup are Sterling Market Days hosted by the village’s parks and recreation department. Anyone can sign up for a 10×10 space at Mason Park to sell new stuff, old stuff, crafts–you name it. Organizers plan to invite food trucks to set up, too. Market Days will take place the first Sunday of each month, May through October. Council member Melanie Fritz said the committee is working out details. Spaces likely will cost $20 each.
Movie nights are slated for the first Saturday of each month, May through August, either at town hall or Mason Park. Festivities will start at dusk. Movies will be shown on the village’s inflatable screen.
“The location will depend on the response we get and how much space we’re going to need,” Fritz said.
The nuisance and abatement committee will continue its monthly recognition of beautiful yards in the community. Banners will be placed in winners’ yards. The program runs from late spring through fall. The committee also plans to hold two community clean-up days, one in the spring and one in the fall. The first is tentatively set for May 8. Mount Sterling Nazarene Church plans to partner with the village to provide manpower.
“We hope other organizations, churches, and groups come on board to help out,” said council member Becky Martin. “It’s a real feel-good thing. It beautifies and builds team spirit.”
In preparation for other events put on by the village, Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce, and Mount Sterling Market Crew, Martin requested that council approve street closures for the following:
- Summer Jam (June 17-19)–a Chamber and village event that brings rides, games and vendors to downtown Mount Sterling;
- July 4 parade;
- Street markets (May 22 and Sept. 25)–Hosted by the Market Crew, a group of Mount Sterling businesses, these events previously took place on the downtown sidewalks. Organizers would like to hold them on closed streets for safety reasons.
- Christmas in the Village (Dec. 4)–This Chamber event features Santa, live music, an illuminated parade, businesses open houses and more.
In other discussion, council member Andy Drake reported that the street committee is putting together a plan for pothole repairs. Work on the larger potholes is being outsourced. He said Mount Sterling has an early spot on vendors’ lists as holdovers from last year. The village has already appropriated money for the project. He also noted that the committee is developing a game plan for gravelling alleys. The group is making a prioritized list.
“We hope to do the work with our own staffing starting in the spring,” Drake said.