Sycamore mayor gives address

SYCAMORE – Sycamore Mayor Matt Boucher presented his State of the Village address at the village council meeting Tuesday evening.

Boucher cited accomplishments of the village, including support from First National Bank of Sycamore, including donating cameras to the police department and providing membership costs along with the Sycamore Telephone Company to allow the village to become part of the Wyandot County Office of Economic Development group.

Other accomplishments included purchasing property for and developing a plan and loan submission for the new water treatment plant, which Boucher hopes will spur economic development, including finding a buyer for the former Toledo Molding and Die building. A Community Development Block Grant was received for water meter replacements and a new digger truck was purchased.

Council passed an ordinance allowing the dividing of income tax revenue, with 60 percent to a Feneral Dund.

Fire Chief Bryan Clouse reported:

Estimates are being sought for repairs to the fire department roof leak.

Emergency generator may need replaced in the next few years due to age.

Reduced level of volunteers responding to EMT calls and its impact.

Ongoing discussions regarding the possibility of a joint fire district with McCutchenville.

Concerns were raised by council members of voter confusion regarding a five-year fire levy renewal that expires at the end of the year and the issue of creating a joint fire district, both of which may be on the November ballot. If both issues appeared on the ballot and passed, and the joint district realized, the levy would be negated.

Harry Burdick, Marion County Emergency Management Agency director, who has been providing guidance on fire districts in his area, suggested a five-year financial study of the Sycamore and McCutchenville fire departments and services to obtain numbers for operating expenses.

Clouse said two grants were received, an Ohio EMA grant for $2,500 and Columbia Gas for $225.

Council members Vicki Weininger and Darcy Zimmerman volunteered to serve on the firefighters dependence fund board.

Council accepted the resignation of emergency medical volunteer Sherri McClain.

Two council members said several teenagers have damaged the gazebo in the village. Weininger and Dawn Needles said they have asked juveniles to leave the area on occasion.

Council is to meet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at village hall.