By Carol McIntire
June 19, 2012
Sherrodsville Mayor Ken Moffat’s decision to have a fire department located outside the village limits oversee the homecoming lunch stand didn’t set well with some residents.
During Monday’s monthly council meeting, Mayor Moffat asked for approval for $1,920 worth of expenses for the village’s annual homecoming, set for July 20 and 21.
Guest Cory Imes immediately spoke up and asked who gave approval for Station 20 (Sherrodville Volunteer Fire Department Inc.) to man the lunch stand at homecoming.
“It was my decision,” said Moffat. “Last month (at the May council meeting) I asked if anyone wanted to take over the homecoming and no one came forward so I said I would do it. They are willing to handle everything and give the village $600.”
“Last year I said I would help and no one contacted me,” Imes said. “It think this is the wrong decision.”
Village resident and Lions Club Member Bill Wilkin spoke up and said the Lions would like to be involved.
“In fairness to some of us, I had no idea this decision was being made until after it was done. I am here to say the Lions Club is willing to help along with our EMTs and the Ruritan Club.”
Wilkins said the Lions Club has manned the bingo stand at the homecoming for several years without any profit.
“The village couldn’t even pay us what they promised from the bingo proceeds,” he added.
Councilman Bud Newell said he was opposed to having Station 20 personnel man the food stand. “After all the trouble we had with them, I am opposed to it,” Newell said.
Councilwomen Amy McCormick and Diane Pompey both acknowledged there has been a lack of volunteers for several years from the village community in the lunch stand. “We’ve been there from morning to night for many years,” McCormick said, as Pompey nodded her head in agreement.
“Don’t get me wrong,” McCormick continued. “I love the homecoming. I love that we have it for the village residents. We (council) didn’t have a problem with Ken taking over the homecoming so I don’t have a problem with his decision.”
McCormick asked Mayor Moffat if Sherrodville Community Fire Department has a problem with Station 20 staffing the lunch stand.
“Not that has been brought to my attention,” replied Moffat.
“Is Station 30 (Sherrodsville Community Fire Department) going to be involved in the homecoming?” McCormick asked.
“Oh, yes, very involved,” Moffat replied.
Moffat said he would not rescind his offer to Station 20 unless directed to do so. All council members present with the exception of Newell stated they backed his decision. Councilwoman Janet Pearch was absent from the session.
In other business, council:
-ACCEPTED Nicholas Harper of Dundee as a member of the fire department. He previously completed the 36-hour training course so no additional training is required.
-AGREED to spend up to $450 for a new weed eater, up to $1320 to replace a step on the sliding board in the park and up to $50 to purchase materials to mount street signs on top of stop signs in the village.
-HEARD first reading of ordinances regulating the growth of noxious weed, junk vehicles and junk within the village limits.
-ACCEPTED the resignations of Diane and Steve Pompey from council. Their resignation letters noted Steve has accepted a position in Monroe, LA, and they will relocating. Anyone interested in filling their council seats is asked to attend the July meeting, scheduled for July 16 at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers.
-SET the annual budget meeting for July 16 at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers. The public is invited to attend and view the proposed 2013 budget.