ANDOVER –State Wrestling Champion Gaige Willis received an honor that most don't get the chance to experience in their lifetime- the opportunity to be part of a mayoral proclamation presented by Raymond French in his honor at Andover Village Council on Tuesday, April 11. (In the April 14 edition of The News)
With lots of high praise given by French, Willis shook hands humbly with each of the council following a round of applause, as well as accepted a certificate to show the council's gratitude for his accomplishment.
Also on the agenda that evening included a council vote on legislation, which all were in favor of regarding a new ordinance regarding the regulation of the use of skateboards, roller skates and scooters within the village streets, which they referred as a first reading, ordinance number 2017-6-O.
The council agreed that this does not mean that skaters will not be allowed in the village at all, but through the Ohio Revised Code stated that they do not want to designate street space for the skateboards, skates and scooters as there is plenty of space on sidewalks and in parks for them.
Another topic of discussion included the council's March work session, which they said included the topic of discussion regarding the poor condition of 395 Gates Street, a property that they said was purchased as investment and had a claim regarding damages done to the property.
The council decided that the claim to pay for this property was not an issue that relates to them directly and collectively approved that they would not pay for the damage mentioned.
Other important information covered at the meeting included a discussion from Richard Kotil on new forms that would be added to personal handbooks, which he said included a better format and grammar, as well as an approval for a pay raise for the village administer and police chief.
In other business Administrator Richard Orahood talked about yard sale days that are scheduled to take place Friday, May 5 through 7 in the town, a spring clean-up that will take place on Friday, May 12 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday, May 13 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., as well as brought up PACOC's Easter Egg Hunt which will be taking place on Saturday, April 15.
From there Andover Police Chief Chris Baker noted that a new cruiser was ordered for the police department, Fred Border discussed that there will be a new thrift store coming in at the village square and Mayor Raymond French answered an inquiry regarding People in the Park concerts, which he said will be taking place once again this year.
Minutes and bills were approved at the meeting and upcoming events include the primary election on Tuesday, May 2, Mayor's Court on Tuesday, May 2 and 23 at 5 p.m., Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 9, Andover Union Cemetery Board at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 25 and Council Work Session on Tuesday, May 30 at 5 p.m.
Pictured: Mayor Raymond French with State Wrestling Champion Gaige Willis on Tuesday, April 11 during Andover Village Council's monthly meeting.