Arcanum talks recycle bins, Purple Heart Ceremony

The Arcanum Village Council met on Tuesday evening to primarily discuss recycling bins and the upcoming Purple Heart Ceremony.

To start the meeting, Police Chief Marcus Ballinger told council that he hopes to have two new hires by the next council meeting.

“I will probably have two new hires,” he said. “To bring on one part-time and one full-time, as long as their backgrounds finish up O.K. But they’re really good candidates and they’re local. One has lived here his entire life and one lives just a few miles outside of town.”

Chief Ballinger also reported that the department recently received a $500 donation from the Darrell and Sharon Olwine estate for good service.

“He used to travel around town a lot on his tricycle and on a couple of occasions we gave him a hand getting home, and getting his tricycle home when he couldn’t get home himself,” he said.

Village Administrator Bill Kessler then told council that the recent downtown electric upgrades went well and are completed. He added that the project saved the village a lot of money, and that the next project will involve North Street and West George Street.

“Probably the next project we’re going to look at is going to be North Street,” he said. “Going up down West George and North Street we had a power outage last week. We have some very old switch gear that had decayed and a fuse that blew up, so the guys started switching out some of that switch gear. But that may be one of the next projects we look at is the West George Street and North Street project.”

Kessler then told council that the recycling bins have returned to Arcanum. Now situated at the Arcanum Street Department, at 302 S. Albright Street, the bins are under 24-hour surveillance.

The bins were previously stationed in the Sutton’s parking lot but after raw materials were repeatedly dumped, Rumpke removed them.

The bins are available for citizens to recycle paper, plastic bottles/tubs/jugs, cartons, glass bottles and metal cans. However, citizens cannot recycle plastic bags, clothing/textiles, tanglers, yard waste, metals/wood and food waste.

“Please comply or you’ll be prosecuted,” Mayor Bonnie Millard said. “You know what it does? It damages the whole thing when something is in there so we’re not meaning one thing by someone doing that. And it’s the law.”

Lastly, Mayor Millard announced that the Purple Heart Ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at Veteran’s Park will now start at 7 p.m.

At the ceremony the Village of Arcanum will become an official member of the Purple Heart Trail. Should there be inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Arcanum Fieldhouse at 310 N. Main Street.

The Arcanum Village Council meets every second and last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., at 309 S. Albright St., Arcanum, Ohio 45304. For more information contact the village administration office at 937-692-8500.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:
Service & Leisure Committee — Thursday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m.

Finance Committee — Monday, Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Safety Committee — Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m.

Utility Committee — Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 4:30 p.m.

Abigail Miller / Editor

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, crocheter, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at

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