Bloomville Twp EMT squad honored

BLOOMVILLE – Joe Kelbley, representing Bloom Township Fire Department, accepted recognition for the department’s EMTs from Bloomville Mayor Steve George Thursday evening.

Kelbley told council members the department appreciates the recognition because volunteers are hard to come by these days. The EMT squad has 13 members and two candidates are in classes now.

Because Bloomville is seeking three new council members, Kelbley expressed an interest in serving on council. He is to return for the next meeting, and he and other citizens are to be sworn into office.

Kelbley also announced the fire department is sponsoring a fish fry, pork roast and gun raffle at 5 p.m. Jan. 18 at the firehouse.

Clerk/treasurer Janis Weasner read a letter stating former village police officer William Laugherty, convicted for stealing village property, is eligible for a transitional control program. A decision is to be handed down by a judge in the case.

Councilman Ray Sexton suggested solar panels be used by the village as a way to save money with state funding being reduced. He is to further investigate costs of such a project.

In other matters, council:

Adopted a resolution of necessity declaring the village needs to place a 1.5-mill renewal levy for police protection on the May 6 ballot that will provide $12,397 annually.

Adopted an ordinance to make 2014 appropriations for village expenses.

Adopted a resolution appointing Ray Weasner president pro-tem of council.

Heard the second reading of an ordinance establishing amounts in the petty cash and change fund.

Approved a three-year contract with FSI Inc. for trash pick-up in the village.

Noted a zoning commission hearing is planned Jan. 15 for a variance regarding the medical center.

Council is to meet again at 7 p.m. Jan. 15.