YORKVILLE - It certainly sounded like Christmas this week at the Yorkville Village Council meeting when it was reported that possibly 80 entries will be in the YTR Christmas parade scheduled Dec. 8, beginning at 6 p.m.
Information also was forthcoming about other Christmas-related events.
Described as the inaugural Christmas parade sponsored by Yorkville, Tiltonsville and Rayland, the parade will start in Rayland and end at the Warren Township Park where there will be a community gathering with coffee, hot chocolate and cookies/pastries as well as the awarding of two bicycles for a boy and a girl under 12 years of age.
Yorkville resident Dana Brown, who along with Rayland Mayor Tammy Morelli and Rayland Fire Chief Jim Doughty, initiated plans for the "Christmas in the 'Villes," told Yorkville officials this week that as of Sunday night, the parade had 45 confirmed entries and tentatively could have four more. He went on to say that the fire departments and emergency medical services units sometimes bring multiple units so the parade could increase to 80 units.
The food for the community gathering is all taken care of, according to Brown, who said residents are donating baked goods and a business will be donating hot chocolate.
Two bicycles have been donated by the three fire departments, and these will be awarded to two youngsters in a free drawing. He added tickets are available in the 50-50 event, and planners hope to sell 2,000 of them.
The memory tree has been erected, and a service is planned Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. in the firehouse. Four ministers will speak at the service, and there will be two singers.
In another Christmas-related matter, Councilwoman Valerie Klubert corrected minutes from the last meeting, noting the Yorkville Volunteer Fire Department's Santa Run will be Dec. 9 rather than Dec. 15.
Klubert also said she had been told by a village worker that the garbage packer recently had to return for another pickup after being emptied because of an extra amount of garbage. Council agreed that was caused by the recent holiday and wished to remind residents to please recycle during the upcoming holiday season.
Items to be recycled may be placed in dumpsters in the village. These dumpsters are located at the VFW parking lot where cardboard and glass are to be placed; Handi Market, only cardboard; Yorkville Mill, only cardboard; and Mr. T's, cardboard and glass.
Council adopted two ordinances on the third and final readings.
One of the adopted ordinance is about vacant properties and building registrations and is to establish a program for identifying and registering vacant residential and commercial buildings and concerning the owners' responsibilities about the vacant structures. The burden of cost of such a building is on the building's owner, not the residents, according to the ordinance.
The other ordinance pertains to handicapped parking.
Estimates concerning inside doors to connect the firehouse to the hallway were tabled until the next meeting.
In other matters, three representatives of Horizon Telecom, Chillicothe, told council that the company will be installing fiberoptic cable underground in Yorkville with the work to begin in a few weeks. The company still is obtaining easements.
The company started its work regarding broadband service in southern Ohio during May 2011, and the work is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2013.
According to the representatives, anywhere that the company cuts into a road, it will restore it to the original condition.
One representative is a fiberoptic sales representative who resides in Wheeling, and he said that he could return to a Yorkville meeting if necessary.
At the request of Police Chief John Morelli, council approved the hiring of Jason Harter and Andrew Theonis as part-time officers.
Council President Pro-Tem Blair Closser, who presided in the mayor's absence, asked Morelli if all the police and street vehicles are ready for winter, and he was given an affirmative answer.
Clerk-Treasurer Peggy Grady told officials that in order to obtain a police insurance quotation from the Euclid Managers company, it is necessary for four recommendations are to be followed, and their implementation is to be noted on a village letterhead.
The recommendations are that a risk manager be put in place, civil service guidelines are to be followed by the insured, written performance evaluations are to be done for all employees at least once annually and an administrator hearing process is to be put in place.
Council's next regular meeting will be Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.