(Posted March 25, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Mount Sterling is doubling its efforts when it comes to spring cleanup.
Originally, village leaders set May 8 as a Community Cares & Cleanup Day, a day during which volunteers complete projects around town to spruce up private and public property. Thanks to the enthusiasm of the congregation at Mount Sterling Church of the Nazarene, a partner in the event, a second day has been added. The cleanup now will take place May 7-8.
“We were overwhelmed when the Nazarene Church came in,” said Becky Martin, a village council member. “They were just so excited to help. They want to do all kinds of projects, big and small.”
Seniors from Madison-Plains High School also plan to come out in force to help with the cleanup, logging community service hours in the process.
“We are really hopeful that this is going to be really big,” Martin said at the March 22 council meeting.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Anyone who has a cleanup project or wants to volunteer can call Mayor Marci Darlington, (740) 869-2040, ext. 1, or the Nazarene Church, (740) 869-3127.
Organizers would appreciate receiving project ideas and volunteer interest sooner rather than later to facilitate volunteer assignments. However, Darlington will man a call-in station the days of the cleanup for small, last-minute project requests.
Separate from this effort, a group of residents has coordinated a mini-cleanup day for March 27. Anyone who would like to help pick up trash around town is asked to meet at Veterans Field at 9 a.m. Afterwards, the volunteers will meet at Mason Park for goodies.
Flagpole at Veterans Monument
American Legion Post 417 plans to raise funds to install a flagpole at the Veterans Monument located next to the gazebo across from town hall.
Legion member Carrol Liston attended the March 22 village council meeting to get council’s blessing. The monument and surrounding memorial bricks sit on village-owned property. Council voted 6-0 to approve the project.
The Legion is working with Jay-Car Construction in Mount Sterling to get a cost estimate. Liston said flag poles are hard to come by right now and, as a result, the price constantly changes. His rough guess on cost is $3,000. The Legion plans to be a major contributor but also will seek other contributors.
“I’d like to have it done before Veterans Day, Nov. 11, this year,” Liston said.
Water Bill Payment Assistance
The village continues to reinstate more hours for in-person utility bill payments at town hall. The window is now open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Payments are typically due on the 15th of each month. Misty Vance, utilities clerk, stated that bills paid online on the 15th are posted the same day, so customers do not need to worry about late fees with this form of payment.
She also wants the public to know that financial assistance is available to those who qualify who need help paying their utility bills. Two resources are: Bridges Community Action Madison County, Laura Dillard, (740) 852-3511; and Madison County Job & Family Services – Prevention, Retention, Contingency (PRC) benefits – Tammy Corlette, (740) 852-6042.
Anyone with questions about their utility bills or who want to make payments can call and talk to or leave a message for Vance at (740) 869-2040, ext. 4. Courtney Bricker, fiscal officer, and Mayor Darlington also can provide some assistance. Bricker can be reached at ext. 5 or email@example.com; Darlington can be reached at ext. 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madison County Sheriff John Swaney will attend council’s next safety and block watch committee meeting to answer questions about the safety services the Sheriff’s Office provides to the village. The meeting is set for 4 p.m. April 16 in council chambers at town hall.