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Maryville Acts On Traffic, Workforce And ADA Issues

By Charles Feldman, Reporter

The Maryville Village Board got a lot of business done during a short meeting on Wednesday, October 2.

It passed an ordinance providing for the installation of stop signs on Sandstone Drive and Sugar Loaf Road. These will be placed on Sandstone Drive eastbound at Sugar Loaf Road, at Sugar Loaf Road eastbound at Sandstone Drive and at Sugar Loaf Road northbound at Sandstone Drive.

”These stop signs are definitely needed,” said trustee Wayne White. “The traffic on that road, compared to how it was ten years ago, is substantially greater.”

“We have received several complaints from residents out there,” said Mayor Craig Short.

The village has declined to participate in the Preventive Health Maintenance Program that was supposed to begin on October 1.

“After employees started opting out, there were not enough employees to make it economically benefit to the village,” explained Short. “And part of that is the majority of our employees that signed up for it were our police officers and firefighters. The savings to the village, if you recall, were going to be reduced by FICA taxes and they do not pay into Social Security, so it costs the village money.

“There were not enough of our other employees to sign up for it to offset that so we have stopped that program,” he said.

The Outreach Center will have an ADA compliant automatic door opener thanks to action by the board. The total cost will be $5,827 – the door opener from MPM Industries at $4,877, the wiring by CMC Electric at $980. This is in the budget. The center houses the food pantry and the Grandma’s Attic resale store.

A large celebratory stone was presented to each of the Yard of the Month winners. August winner was Joe and Natale Muniz at 2601 Liberty Drive. September winner was Edward and Sandy Clark of 4916 Autumn Oaks Drive.

Building and Zoning Administrator Kevin Flaugher reported that during the month of September, 15 building permits were issued at a cost of $3,059.82 and a valuation of $954,000.

As fire chief, Flaugher reported that during September, his department responded to 114 calls, bringing the year’s total so far to 1,114. Among that month’s responses were 97 EMS calls, five motor vehicle crashes and three structure fires.

Police Chief Rob Carpenter reported that during the month of September his department answered 456 calls for service, up from 426 in September 2018; issued 162 citations; and filed 11 accident reports.

In other action the village:

• Hired a full-time street crew worker to replace one that left in May. The addition of Justin Hackman increases the street crew force by 25 percent.

• Declared a 2002 Ford F350XL Super Duty Truck and a 2012 Chevrolet Impala Police Unit #176 as surplus property.

• Approved the attendance of Police Sgt. Steve Howe at the “Desert Snow Criminal Interdiction” Workshop in Louisville, Kentucky that week with expenses not to exceed $1,000.

The next board meeting will be held Wednesday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall.

The public is welcome to attend.

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