NORTH WEBSTER — The North Webster Town Council meeting started in an emotional way with a moment of silence for the late Jon Sroufe, council president. Lisa Strombeck, acting president, paid tribute to Sroufe along with Council Member David Waliczek and Clerk-Treasurer Betsy Luce.
Strombeck then welcomed newest council member Dan Thystrup. He was given the oath of office by Town Attorney Jack Birch.
The council approved a new Ordinance 2019-10-Vacation Policy Addition. Employees with 20 years service now have four weeks paid vacation. The town’s land-lease with Roberts Farms was renewed by the council. The town owns farm land that is leased annually. “It is a very fair deal,” explained Luce.
Phil Metcalf was reappointed as the town’s representative to the North Webster Community Public Library board by a unanimous vote. Strombeck announced town hall will be closed for computer training Tuesday, Nov. 13, through Friday, Nov. 16.
During department reports, Utilities Manager Mike Noe reported one half of the controls for the sewer system stations have been replaced, so station A is complete. The department will continue with station B.
Leaf pickup will begin Tuesday, Oct. 23, and continue into December. A paving estimate from Phend & Brown Inc., Milford, was approved for Huntington Street from SR 13 west to Harrison Street in the amount of $21,620. The OK included $22,900 for South Street from the east side bridge joint to gutter curb and the north, and the south part of the end of South Street at $7,795.
Other amounts approved included Washington Street ramp area for $7,490 and Center Street West for $7,650. If work can be completed this year, it will be. If not it will take place in the spring. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System or NPEDS permit with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency has been completed and renewed for five years.
Police Chief Greg Church said he had information on three properties that had failed to comply with clean up requests. The owner of 404 N. Ward Lane is listed with Kosciusko County as Randy Mobley. The town attorney will file in court against the owner due to lack of response.
Additional letters for compliance will be sent to The Young Pilchers, owners of 316 E. Washington St., and to Brooke Thompson, Brittany Lorenzi, one half owners; and Logan, Whitney and Blake Pilcher, one half owners, of 220 E. Washington St.
Church reminded all the North Webster trick or treat hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, Halloween. The department answered 242 calls of service in September, worked 566.5 hours, and drove 4,470 miles using 335 gallons of fuel.
Steve Kemp and Tammy Waliczek spoke for the park department. Roofing bids for the restaurant building, storage shed and pavilion have been received. Currie Roofing, Syracuse, was chosen by the park board with the total being $10,595. The cement work in North Webster Town Park by Thompson Concrete, North Webster, will begin in early November.
The next meeting of the North Webster Town Council will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the North Webster Community Center.