Council OKs nativity scene on Public Square

By Georgette Huff Mr. Thrifty Published:

For the first time in a number of years, a nativity scene will be placed on Public Square in Carrollton.

Carrollton Village Council approved the request brought by Pastor Chuck Wilson of Carrollton Bible Chapel as the representative of the ministerial association during the Nov. 13 meeting. The scene will be displayed near the gazebo from Dec. 1 through Jan. 6.

In unrelated matters, in response to concerns about impaired visibility for drivers attempting to turn onto North High Street, council members approved a recommendation by the Street and Alley Committee to ban parking on the west side of North High Street, from the intersection of North High and Fifth streets to the intersection of North High and North Lisbon streets. Residents will be notified of the change, and curbs will be painted yellow to signify no parking on Friday, Nov. 26.

Mayor Frank Leghart informed council members the Safety Operations Review Board has recommended discontinuing the practice of repairing safety vehicles in-house. Leghart said he had received some complaints, specifically about the brakes on a fire engine, as well as issues with a rescue truck, that raised concerns about safety and liability issues. In addition to Leghart, review board members include councilman Luke Grimes, police officer Robert Ellington and firemen Ed Trushel and Dave Seck.

During the discussion of the issue, Councilman Andrew Gonda suggested that specific guidelines be established as to which repairs could be done in-house and those that would have to be sent out, to avoid "pushing the line." Leghart replied that one way to avoid any confusion would be to say that all work should be sent out. Council members then approved a motion saying that maintenance and repairs for all fire and police department vehicles are to be done by certified mechanics and maintenance logs established.

Currently, some work is handled by Rick McNinch, who has told Leghart he would work with the departments on scheduling.

In other business, council:

• NOTED the Holiday Parade will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24.

• APPROVED a recommendation from the Zoning Board of Appeals to permit a 6-foot vinyl fence to be installed at 861 Courtview Ave.

• HEARD that Cougar Land Service will begin seismic testing within the village. Workers from Precision Geophysicals, which does not have permission to test inside village limits, were told to remove cables and equipment that had been installed in several locations.

• APPROVED an ordinance outlining a three-year extension of the contract with J&J Refuse/Kimble for trash collection and curbside recycling within the village.

• APPROVED an emergency resolution amending appropriations within several funds.

• HEARD leaf pick-up will continue through Wednesday, Nov. 21.

• PAID bills and payroll in the amount of $125,106.77.

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