Mount Sterling ends 2021 on positive financial note

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(Posted Dec. 21, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The village of Mount Sterling is ending the year on a positive note financially.

“I’m pretty satisfied. The (state) auditors are pretty satisfied with how the year’s ending. Revenues have been well above budget for several, several months now. That’s really good news,” Courtney Bricker, the village’s fiscal officer, reported at the Dec. 13 council meeting.

She noted the village spent just 67 percent of the funds earmarked for expenditures in 2021. Council member Andy Drake, chair of the finance committee, said the carryover will come in handy as the village is looking at several large projects for 2022.

“We ended the year in a pretty solid footing. The village is in good shape. It’s very solvent. It’s pointed in the right direction, and we have a pretty darn exciting 2022,” Drake said, adding he appreciates the input residents and other village leaders provided at finance meetings over the past year.

The next financial commission meeting which includes state auditor representation, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 25 at town hall.

Bricker also provided a rundown of building and zoning activity for the year: residential permits, 30; new dwellings, 11; commercial, 4; right-of-way, 1; zoning, 24; and variances, 9.

“That’s a lot,” Bricker said, adding that the 11 permits for new dwellings are for homes in Phase 2 of the Deer Creek Run development.

Drake thanked members of the planning and zoning committee, most of whom are community members, for their work in 2021. The group meets twice a month.

“This village is significantly changed as a result of their hard work. We can see it. You can actually do business with the village in a meaningful way when it comes to building and zoning. I am really thankful for their efforts,” he said.

The village contracts with the village of West Jefferson for planning and zoning services. Bricker thanked Tom Hale and Kristi West of that department for their support, especially with their guidance in updating Mount Sterling’s zoning map.

In other discussion and business:
• Mayor Marci Darlington thanked outgoing council members Craig Hix and Melanie Fritz for their service on council.

• Bricker reminded residents that cars parked on public roadways must be moved every 24 hours. Otherwise, owners will be cited and the cars will be towed.

• Council unanimously passed the 2022 budget, transferred water and sewer funds, and approved a contract with Rumpke for solid waste removal.

The Dec. 27 council meeting has been cancelled. In January, council will return to its regular meeting schedule, 7 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month.

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