FREDERICKTOWN — It was information-only for Fredericktown Council Monday night after half of its members were no-shows.

Councilmembers Dusty Frazier, Rick Lanuzza and Ryan Shoemaker were not able to attend Monday night’s meeting, leaving the six-member body without a quorum. Without enough members to vote, council heard a brief presentation from Hope Now Furniture Bank but did not officially call the meeting to order.

Mayor Jerry Day said he will need to call a special meeting for a vote on a proclamation to continue a tax abatement granted through an enterprise zone agreement for Unique Metal Designs, Inc.

Art Schaad, Hope Now executive director, asked council to express their support for Giving Tuesday, a Hope Now fundraiser, via a proclamation. The proclamation encourages the Fredericktown community to participate in Giving Tuesday, which is Nov. 27. Hope Now sends out mailers to interested individuals as part of Giving Tuesday; anyone wishing to be added to the mailing list of donors may do so by visiting Hope Now’s website,

Hope Now is a non-profit agency that collects gently-used furniture for needy families. Last year, Hope Now distributed 874 pieces of furniture and 458 boxes and bags of household goods.

Packets provided to council Monday included a report by Village Administrator Bruce Snell. Speaking with the News about the report, Snell said a new road surface on Ohio 95, put down as part of a culvert replacement project, will have to be torn out this week and replaced. The road surface has a three inch dip that will have to be milled out and corrected by project subcontractor Buckeye Paving, Snell said.

Fixing the problem will mean one-lane traffic in the project area. The repair, which will involve milling out the asphalt and laying in a new coat at the proper height, should be completed in a day.

Snell further said that an informal assessment of the village’s water tower found it to be structurally sound. The tower was looked at by KE McCartney Engineer Jason Burkholder, who reported “the tower is in pretty good shape for being 100 years old,” Snell said.

The 100,000 gallon tower is currently in use, Snell said. The village receives approximately $1,200 a month from a lease agreement for tower space rented by Sprint.

Burkholder said the options facing the village in the future include a rehab of the tower for continued use, tearing it down or ending its use as a water tower, but leaving the structure standing to continue collecting the lease.


Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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