GAMBIER — Gambier village council rang in the new year with their first council meeting Monday evening with new additions to the monthly table. Donna Scott, Liz Forman, Donna Wilson and Betsy Heer were all sworn in with the start of the meeting; in addition Mary Samuell was reappointed as clerk-treasurer. Village council members approved Tom Stamp as council president.
Mark Kohlman, chief business officer at Kenyon College, was in attendance as well to discuss the status of the Hillel building. Kohlman said that the “slab was poured” and that framing for the structure would begin “after weather” calmed down, although the “weather hasn’t impacted the work schedule” and that workers are doing a “nice job on the roof.”
Mayor Kirk Emmert said the yearly report is currently in progress and will detail the events of 2013 and have a list of things to come in 2014 for the village.
Committees were also mentioned in that new council member Donna Scott will serve on the Parks (Building and Grounds) Committee, Cemetery Committee and the Library Committee.
Suzanne Hopkins, the village administrator, reported that the recent addition of a cover for the tractor was very much appreciated, due to the blowing wind and snow, and has “made plowing sidewalks easier.” Council members were pleased with the snow and ice removal between Christmas and New Year’s Day, as an extra salt load was purchased to make sure the “bin” was full.
Hopkins stated that personnel would be checking on elderly residents midmorning today to make sure they were all right during the cold and harsh temperatures.
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