FREDERICKTOWN — Fredericktown Village Council decided Monday to host a Christmas lighting contest for residents and businesses in the village.

Council approved a motion at its meeting Monday to set up a judging committee of the mayor, president of council and village administrator for the contest. They will judge entries Dec. 14 at 5 p.m., and then announce the winners at the next council meeting Dec. 16.

There will be prizes for the top three residences and top three businesses decorated for the Christmas holiday.

In other news:

•Council passed by emergency an ordinance making supplemental appropriations. These appropriations are to help cover payroll for the remainder of 2019. They include $3,000 from the general fund to healthcare reimbursement and $500 to premium reimbursement; $500 each from the water fund to two premium reimbursement funds and one to utility clerk wages; and $1,000 from the sewer fund to utility clerk wages and $500 to premium reimbursement.

•Police Chief Kyle Johnson reported he has received four applications for the open position of patrolman.

•Councilman Doug Turpen announced that he has received word from Fire Chief Scott Mast that he plans to retire Jan. 1, 2020, but wants to remain on the department as a fireman.

•Village Administrator Bruce Snell reported he has received five submittals for the Fredericktown Streetscape Project. He and Mayor Jerry Day will review and grade these submittals, then select a firm to carry out the engineering and design of the project. He hopes to have a firm in place sometime in January.

•In his report, Snell said the planning commission met Nov. 25 to discuss potential changes to the village’s zoning ordinance. They also discussed the unsightliness surrounding The Green Machine on Columbus Road. The business collects shingles, processes them and then hauls them off-site to be used for paving material. Snell said residents have complained about the increasing unsightliness of the facility.

•Snell also reported the village will collect leaves through the end of this week, then begin preparing the trucks for winter. He also said that Jamison Well Drilling will be cleaning water well No. 2 later this week.

The next council meeting will be Monday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m.

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