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St. Jacob Homecoming Plans Take Shape

By Stephanie Malench

ST. JACOB — The St. Jacob Village Board met on Feb. 7 in the chambers of Village Hall.

JoAnne Berry presented the Treasurer’s report from December, which was unanimously approved by the board.  In summary, Berry reassured the board that even though “we are now $200,000 below where we were at the beginning of the [fiscal] year. We have a $500,000 mortgage [and] if we paid all that today, we would still have $800,000 net” and not to be concerned. The year-to-date deficit since May 1, 2023, of $118,000 is in the water, MFT, and sewer funds due to necessary expenditures. The board also unanimously approved hiring Loy Miller Talley, PC to perform the annual audit again this year at a slightly higher rate of $9,510.

The annual Easter egg hunt is scheduled for Sunday, March 24 at St. Jacob Township Park on Ellis Road.

Mayor Richard Schiefer’s appointment of Kayla Timmons and Alli Henderson to the homecoming committee was unanimously approved. There are still openings on the committee for those interested. At their first meeting of the year, the homecoming committee secured the rides and bands for the event on July 18-20. On July 19, The Gusto will be performing and on July 20 the Cheers Band will close out the Homecoming and is bringing back the beauty pageant since the St. Jacob UCC Strawberry Festival no longer holds one. For the first time this year, food trucks will keep the crowds fed.

Sewer lining on Marine Road by was scheduled to finally be completed by Visu Sewer on Feb. 9.

The board approved a request by Police Chief Gary Kukla to send Officer Justin Hewitt to DARE School in Indiana this summer. The two-week training and hotel will be covered exclusively by the village and not the Triad School District because this training is something Hewitt has asked for and some of the teachers at St. Jacob and Marine Elementary Schools want him because of the rapport he has with the students. Kukla said Hewitt has generated enough revenue in his time as a St. Jacob police officer to off-set the cost of the training, not to exceed $4,000.

Since the Jan. 17 meeting, 15 tickets were written by the police department.

The next meeting will be February 21 at 6:30 pm at Village Hall.

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