NR council seeks to fill vacancy

NEW RIEGEL — New Riegel Village Council accepted the resignation of Councilman Gene Hursey at Tuesday’s meeting. Council needs to fill this vacancy within 30 days. To qualify, a candidate needs to be a resident of the village and be a registered voter. Mayor Larry Bouillon is to accept applicants.

Following the recommendation of Seneca County Soil and Water Conservation District, the council appropriated funds to destroy the cattails that clog the ditch that skirts the western edge of the village

The streets, alleys and utility committee is to meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the municipal building to discuss continuing ditch cleaning project.

Sarah Betts of Seneca County Park District surveyed the wetlands and nature preserve behind the park with Councilwoman Deirdre Bakies and made recommendations to reclaim the area. She suggested the tall weeds along both sides of the path should be mowed down several times a season to allow more desirable plants to grow. It also was recommended to spray weed killer on the walking path. The village is to rent equipment to complete the mowing of the nature preserve.

Councilman Jim Bodart reported the Ball Association is to resurface the softball field in the fall. The drainage problem between the two fields also is to be corrected.

The council approved the purchase of two covered grills, two benches and two trash receptacles using a grant from Seneca County Park District.

The sidewalk projects continue. The Basement Doctor has completed half of its project. The sidewalks on the major streets should be replaced in September.

Bouillon reported he toured the village with David Zak of Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. Zak was exploring opportunities for growth in the community.

The annual trash pick up is set for Sept. 15 and the Halloween parade is set for Oct. 28.

Council is to meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 18.