(Posted Dec. 13, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
As the year comes to a close, Mount Sterling village leaders are already looking forward to next year.
“I think we’re going to have a wonderful year. When I tell you there are good things coming, there are good things coming,” said Mayor Marci Darlington at the Dec. 12 village council meeting. “Buckle up. It’s going to be a good ride.”
Andy Drake, council president pro tem, feels the same, stating, “2023 is going to be a great year. I can feel it already.”
Drake thanked many groups for the work they’ve done this past year, setting a foundation for the year to come. He applauded everyone who has volunteered in any way, from helping a neighbor to participating in community cleanups. He praised village employees and Madison County Sheriff’s Office personnel, saying they “work their tails off every single day to try to get things organized for the village.”
About his fellow council members, Drake said, “You all literally put your backs into things. We’ve gotten a lot accomplished this year.” As examples, he mentioned the hiring of a new village administrator, acquisition of funds for a new water tower, fire hydrant fixes, street patching, and movie nights.
Kristie West, code enforcement official, provided a rundown of the building and zoning activity in the village. Year to date, her office has processed 139 residential permits, 21 new dwelling permits, 21 commercial permits, 13 zoning permits, and three variances.
Becky Martin, chair of council’s parks and recreation committee, said the group will “hit the ground running” next year, putting grant funding and donations to work in the first phase of improvements at Mason Park. New playground equipment, a dog park, and installation of trees and benches are planned. Anyone who would like to sponsor a tree or bench can call town hall for more information, (740) 869-2040.
In other news:
• Madison County Sheriff Deputy Jack Dill introduced newly hired deputy, Dominick Parks. Parks has been with the department for the past couple of months and is assigned primarily to Mount Sterling.
• Drake said the new stop signs on Market Street are working out well, but it is taking time for motorists to become accustomed to the new stop signs on High Street. Dill said residents have suggested the village paint reflective stop bars on the street where the new signs have been installed. Drake said his committee is talking about that and installation of a crosswalk near Veterans Field.
• Village Administrator Tom Byrne reported that the heating and cooling system at the water plant has been repaired. He described it as being in “pretty bad shape.” Updates have been made to the plant’s fire alarm system, as well.
Council voted to cancel their last regular meeting of the year, originally scheduled for Dec. 26. The next regular council meeting will take place on Jan. 9.