ENON – The Enon Village Council got down to business, without Mayor Tim Howard present, during the Feb. 14 council meeting and addressed several items on the meeting agenda.
Council members unanimously approved a contract with a local business for weekly janitorial services at the Enon Government Center. Village Administrator Benjamin Ross presented the one-year contract with Springfield-based Adam’s Service King to council members and noted that the $260 monthly fee was less than what the village was paying a part-time employee to clean the government center twice a week. That employee resigned from those duties because of health issues.
Ross said that the quoted fee included the side of the government center that houses the Enon Police Department. However, Police Chief Lewis Wilcox opted not to receive the cleaning service for the police department at this time because sensitive information is being stored there. Ross noted that the village solicitor reviewed and approved the contract.
According to Ross, the janitorial services would include the thorough cleaning of village offices, conference rooms, the kitchen and restrooms. Weekly services would include empting trash cans and replacing their liners, dusting and polishing desks, wiping off bookshelves and pictures, cleaning phones and fingerprints off doors, vacuuming all carpets, moping all floors as well as disinfecting and stocking restrooms.
Council members also approved the monthly mayor’s court report, and Ross presented an updated report on the installation of the new radio-read water meters. The village administrator told council members that only 199 water meters out of 1,330 meters were left to install before the May 1 deadline. Those water meters are primarily located in West Enon Estates. Ross is projecting that the project will be completed by the deadline. Once the installation project is finished, the new water meters, with automated meter reading (AMR) technology, will be read remotely in about four hours.
“Our village crew is working diligently and taking advantage of the mild weather conditions. They are currently focusing on those meters that are more difficult to replace. Some are filled with water and outdated,” Ross said.
Ross reported to council members that Clark County Community and Economic Development Planner Ethan Harris would present information regarding Ohio Fair Housing Laws at the Tuesday, Feb. 28 village council meeting. Ross said Harris would be focusing on landlords and tenants’ rights and responsivities.
Clark County Community and Economic Development has established an effective and comprehensive public training program designed to raise awareness of the fair housing laws. The county currently provides resources that describe ways to prevent housing discrimination.
Ross stated that the Enon Drinking Water Source Protection Committee would conduct their annual meeting 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. The committee will review the Enon Strategic Plan, which is a guide for the village over the next decade and more. The plan, which was originally established in 1996, was updated in 2012. At that time, the seven-member Enon Drinking Water Source Protection Committee was established.
In other business, Wilcox reported to council that the police department received more than 16 pounds of prescription drugs that were deposited this month in the department’s drug drop-off bin, which is located in the lobby of the government center. The chief noted that the safe disposal of drugs has become increasingly important, as trace residues of some medications can turn up in the public water supply after the unwanted prescription drugs are flushed down the toilet.
“People must be cleaning out their medicine cabinets in the new year because the department received eight pounds of drugs in January and double that amount so far this month,” Wilcox said.
Wilcox also reported to council that two part-time police officers had resigned, leaving two fulltime officers and four part-time officers on the roster.
“The department may be losing another part-time officer which will leave us with just three part-timers,” Wilcox said. “Recently, we received several applications for part-time employment with the department, and we are strongly looking at two candidates to fill the vacant positions.”
The next regular session of the Enon Village Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 363 E. Main St.
Linda Collins is a freelance reporter for Greene County News.