Cindy Erndt and Teresa Dronsfield were in Council Chambers during last Wednesday (July 15) evening’s Sunbury Village Council meeting with several items on their agenda. They asked for, and received, council’s nod of approval to hold this year’s Big Nut Strut on Sunday, October 4.
Big Nut Strut, a 5K Run/Walk that benefits Big Walnut Local School District elementary building PTO’s, is staged in the General Rosecrans Elementary School parking lot, but uses Village streets as a race course.
Erndt and Dronsfield also asked if Vernon Street and Granville Street could be closed earlier in the evening the Friday night before the Saturday, August 22, Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds.
Dronsfield said in past years the street closing was so late that event crews were up most of the night assembling the stage, then had to be back at the square early in the morning to kick off the event.
“We always check with businesses before the street closing,” Dronsfield said. “We would like to close the street about 9 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. and start putting the stage up.”
Dronsfield said this year’s Sunbury Sizzle & Sound would feature Lt Dan’s New Legs, Southwynd, a Michael Jackson impersonator, and a country cover band.
Council members approved the earlier stage assembly, with a caveat the night traffic could find a way around the square.
In other business, Council member Dave Miller said he has had complaints about the contract Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) that collects Village resident’s income taxes for a fee. Miller said residents with Village income tax questions could not easily access RITA.
Sunbury Fiscal Officer Kathy Belcher said she is the contact person for residents with income tax questions.
Sunbury Consulting Engineer Wes Hall, CT Consultants, said the Village Square Road and sidewalk improvement project has been sent out for redid with a $425,000 project cost.
Village Administrator Allen Rothermel noted that last Wednesday’s meeting was his eighth day at the administrator’s desk.
“Every day gets a little bit better and I’m a little more familiar with the Village’s challenges,” Rothermel said. “The rapport with the Village Administrative staff has been generous. I will have more specific action items as time goes on. Right now we’re dealing with a lot of weather-related water issues, but I’m impressed with the staff, the community and the citizens I’ve met.”
There will be a third July Sunbury Village Council meeting on Wednesday, July 29.
Sunbury’s website is located at <sunburyvillage.com> Sunbury Village Council meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m., third floor Council Chambers, Sunbury Town Hall. Council committees meet one hour before regularly-scheduled Council sessions. All Village Council and Council committee meetings are open to the public.
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