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West Liberty cruiser expenses authorized

West Liberty Village Council authorized its police chief Monday during a regular meeting to pay for repairs to the village’s Ford police cruiser.

The car is in need of a new alternator and air conditioner compressor, Police Chief Shane Oelker said.

“There are no fans blowing at all right now, which means no (air conditioning) during the day and at night we can’t do anything about the windows fogging up,” Chief Oelker said. “It’s not very fun.”

Approximate cost to repair the cruiser is $1,200. The department also plans to install new tires on its Dodge cruiser.

The chief said he intends to mail letters to certain residences on Detroit, Runkle, Leonard and Pickrelltown streets advising them that excessive brush and/or limb growth is blocking stop signs at various intersections.

The village has an ordinance in place regarding trees and shrubs blocking street signs, Mayor Greg Hostetler said.

Council continues its pursuit of cheaper energy costs. Talks continue with Champion Energy Services and Dayton Power and Light Co. as the village attempts to lock in a long-term rate of about five cents per kilowatt hour, which would amount to a savings of about $10,000.

Currently, DP&L has supplied the village with the lowest estimate, but only guarantees that rate for 18 months. A contract with Champion Energy Services would span two years or more.

Council directed Clerk Cindee Boyd to work with the finance committee to achieve the best deal on energy costs and issue a recommendation.

Mayor Hostetler reported that repairs to the bridge across Onion Creek are scheduled to begin the second week of October and would be closed through Thanksgiving.

Solicitor Chris Moell provided an update on efforts to reach an agreement between the village and the West Liberty Historical Society to lease space in a village-owned building.

The agreement concerns a structure located at the former McDaniel’s Auto Repair, 207 N. Detroit St., which calls for the village to house one fire truck and the historical society to use the rest of the building for storage.

The contract would be a month-to-month agreement, Mr. Moell said, and each party would have the opportunity to nix the deal at any time.

Mr. Moell said he’s been working primarily with the historical society’s lawyer Phil Moots and a lease agreement could be ready for council’s approval as soon as its next meeting, Sept. 10.

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