Sycamore panel to crack down on high grass

SYCAMORE – The village of Sycamore is getting serious about the aesthetics of their neighborhoods.

At Tuesday evening’s council meeting village administrator Charles Hall reported that letters will be mailed out to residents who are in violation of the local ordinance regarding high grass. Village employees will cut the grass if left untouched by the property owners with a penalty of $200 per violation.

After an April 6 break-in of the community park concession stand, council heard a request from Hall to consider placing cameras in the area. Police chief Richard Blankenship reported the cost of seven cameras and two recording devices would be nearly $5,000. Council did not take action on the quote.

Council learned that grants had been received, including:

Wyandot County EMA of $8,000 for communications repeater to improve first responder communications.

State Community Development Bloc Grant funds of $22,867 to replace village water meters, with the village contributing $4,000.

Other items of note:

Heard resident regarding flooding of property off Fifth Street.

Money not available to pave alley off Fifth Street.

Village soon is to address two sinkholes.

Village to seek bids on street paving projects.

Hired James Brooks to cut grass at cemeteries.

No clean-up day this spring due to lack of funds.

Future meeting dates at village hall include:

Street committee at 3 p.m. Friday.

Parks committee 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Finance committee 6:30 p.m. May 28.

Council is to meet at 7:30 p.m. May 28.