Mt. Sterling leaders challenged to ‘dig deep’

(Posted Feb. 9, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

“I’m extremely excited for 2021 and what’s to come,” said Jay Pettey, new president of Mount Sterling village council.

At the Feb. 8 council meeting, Pettey issued a challenge to council members to stretch themselves when it comes to their committee assignments this year.

“We have goals… I implore my colleagues to dig deep, enjoy what you’re doing, realizing what we’re doing is not about us. It’s about the village. The best is yet to come,” he said.

The 2021 committee assignments and typical meeting times are as follows. All but Jim Davis, Mick Ratliff and Robert Siers are members of village council. Due to inclement weather, many of this month’s meetings were rescheduled; those exceptions are listed in parentheses.

  • Finance–Andy Drake (chair), Craig Hix, Pettey. Second Monday of each month at 8 a.m. (Exception: Feb. 12 at 8 a.m.)
  • Water/Wastewater–Hix (chair), David Timmons, Melanie Fritz. First Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. (Exception: Feb. 10 at 9 a.m.)
  • Streets–Drake (chair), Hix, Timmons. First Wednesday of the month at 8 a.m. (Exception: Feb. 10 at 8 a.m.)
  • Nuisance and Abatement–Becky Martin (chair), Pettey, Timmons. First Wednesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. (Exception: Feb. 10 at 2:30 p.m.)
  • Parks and Recreation–Fritz (chair), Martin, Drake. First Monday of the month at 8 a.m. (Exception: Feb. 15 at 8 a.m.)
  • Safety/Block Watch–Timmons (chair), Martin, Pettey. Second Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. (Exception: Feb. 18 at 4 p.m.)
  • Records Retention–Drake (chair), residents Jim Davis and Robert Siers.
  • Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals–Jim Davis (planning commission chair), Mick Ratliff (zoning appeals chair), Drake. First and third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.
  • Emergency Squad–Pettey, council representative.
  • Fire—Hix, council representative.
  • Pleasant Township–Fritz, council representative.

The public is welcome to attend all committee and council meetings. Most meetings take place at village hall, 1 S. London St.

“We do this for the community. If you guys have concerns, always let us know,” Pettey said, addressing the public at large.


In other discussion, council member David Timmons said he hopes that, at some point, COVID-19 vaccination clinics can take place in Mount Sterling.

According to Mayor Marci Darlington, the clinics hosted by Madison County Public Health at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London are well organized but also very well attended.

“If we brought (a vaccination clinic) to the (Mount Sterling) community center now, I don’t think that we would have adequate parking or adequate flow-through for it with the numbers that we are still having right now,” she said. “But maybe as the spring gets here and less and less people are needing to get (the vaccine), then that probably would be a good option.”

Darlington noted that in talks with Madison County Health Commissioner Chris Cook about more localized clinics, Cook said one challenge would be proper storage of the vaccine to be sure it stays viable.

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