(Posted April 13, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The village of Mount Sterling and Mount Sterling Nazarene Church are coordinating Community Cleanup Days April 30-May 1. Residents can sign up for help with landscaping labor, tree and shrub trimming, general outdoor cleanup, and trash pickup including furniture. Residents also can sign up as volunteers for those days.
Cleanup crews cannot pick up tires, paint, appliances, chemicals or concrete.
To register for assistance or to volunteer, visit www.gomtsterling.com or call town hall at (740) 869-2040.
“Don’t be shy. Call town hall with any questions,” said Joyce Phillips, chair of Mount Sterling village council’s nuisance and abatement committee. “We’ll get you taken care of. It takes a village, and we are adamant that we want to help you.”
The Knights of Pythias fish fries are taking place 11 a.m.-7 p.m. the last Thursday and Friday of each month, April through September, at Veterans Field located next to the Mount Sterling Community Center.
On April 11, village council voted 5-0 to grant permission to the Madison-Plains softball program to hold a tournament at Mason Park on April 30.
Bill Tilley, who serves as council’s representative at the Tri-County Joint Fire District meetings, reported that the fire district is looking at station modifications. They want to add a sleeping area and bathrooms. The minimum estimate is $50,000. Additionally, the district recently swore in two new lieutenants, and the new classifications and pay ranges for firefighters went into effect April 10.
Council approved the appointment of three citizens to the village’s safety committee: Phillip Allard, Mick Phillips and Dave Tilley. The committee’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. May 3.
Remembering Jim Gossard
Council member David Timmons and Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy Jack Dill both mentioned Jim Gossard at the April 11 council meeting. Gossard, 88, passed away on April 7. He had served as Mount Sterling’s police chief, retiring in 1989. He also had been a volunteer firefighter and served in the United States Army.
“He was a well-liked, well-loved police chief,” Dill said. “He absolutely was an outstanding individual and an outstanding Mount Sterling public official.”
The next regular meeting of Mount Sterling village council is 7 p.m. April 18 in council chambers at town hall.