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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 8:03 PM


DHI MEDIA Staff Writer

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FORT JENNINGS — Jennings Mayor Jim Smith spoke to Park Board Vice President Kari Amstutz about preparations for Fort Fest, the annual celebration set for Aug. 16-17, during Tuesday night’s council meeting.

As discussed at the May 20 meeting, Amstutz spoke with council about road closures for the event and asked if it would be possible to close Water Street Thursday night to set up the entertainment tent early. She said last year, it was very rushed to try and set it up on Friday.


“We will send a letter to residents notifying them of the road closures — Second and Water streets starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 through midnight Sunday, Aug. 17,” he explained. “I thought we would add a flyer to the mailing.”


Smith asked Amstutz if she would like to get a flyer ready to be stuffed into the mailing to residents. He said she could do something in black and white or color. He estimated there would be close to 190 letters mailed.

“Talk to Ethyl (Police Chief Vaughn) and Ted (Maintenance Supervisor, Wrasman) if and when you need anything; bleachers moved, etc.,” Smith told Amstutz.

Chief Vaughn said everything was ready to go for Fort Fest and the state has the paperwork for the road closures beginning on Thursday.

“At 4 p.m. on Friday, Fourth Street needs to be open for Eyes of Freedom,” she said.

Amstutz reported there were still Huey Helicopter ride raffle tickets and gun raffle tickets left for sale. For more information contact the Park Board at 419-286-2600.

Aspen Energy Representative Marc Hollinger met with council members to discuss residential electric aggregation and establishing a program for the village.

“Aggregation requires a vote and is a process where communities combine their residents into a large buying group, which results in increased ‘buying power’ and stable rates for members,” Hollinger said.

Hollinger explained locking in a rate for one, two or three years is the way to go. Folks who don’t want it have three weeks to opt out. In order for the village to create an aggregation program, a majority of the residents have to pass a ballot issue authorizing the village to negotiate the rates on their behalf.

Smith asked if the ballot could be presented at either a general election or primary election. Hollinger explained it could be either and most of the time it (the aggregation) passes unless there is an income tax increase on the ballot.

“If we would pass the ordinance in July, can we still get that on the ballot for November?” Smith asked.

“As long as it is 90 days prior to the election,” Hollinger explained.

Council agreed there will be a mailer sent out explaining the aggregation program and a town hall meeting to allow residents to participate in asking questions about the program.

Smith asked Wrasman how the sewer pumps were performing and Wrasman responded with everything has been running just fine.

Discussion turned to mosquito control and Smith spoke to council about Mosquito Dunks, a larvaecide that kills mosquito larvae only.

“I wanted to present this to council,” Smith said. “We could drop these into the catch basins since they float on top of the water.”

It will not kill adult mosquitoes, but the Mosquito Bits will and those can be placed in high moisture areas.

The next council meeting will take place a 7:30 p.m. on July 15.

Last Updated on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 8:07 PM

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