Arcanum Village Council talks potential police levy, traffic light project

ARCANUM—The Arcanum Village Council met on Tuesday evening to discuss a potential police department levy and the ongoing traffic light project near the Arcanum School building.

During last week’s safety meeting, Arcanum Police Chief Marcus Ballinger asked the committee to consider a two-mill levy in support of the Arcanum Police Department to fund annual operations.

The department has recently had a high employment turn over rate, and a difficult time finding new employees. The committee believes that a levy could help pay for operations such as cruisers, training, uniforms, etc., and possibly free up the budget for better wages.

“When you see the numbers, it’s hard to argue with,” Safety Committee Chairman Rick Genovesi said. “We need it. Especially since we’re losing employees because we can’t pay them a buck or two more an hour. To free up some of that money to be able to keep quality employees in this village, I think, is very important.”

The levy proposal will now move to the Finance Committee for consideration.

Next, the board discuss its ongoing stop light project. The village would like to install a traffic light on both sides of Trojan Avenue near the school building. The project will include crosswalks and a flashing yellow caution light that the committee plans to operate during school hours only.

The safety committee recently received a preliminary o.k. from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) on the project, which means the village can apply for ODOT grant funds.

The current estimated cost of the project is around $800,000. Whatever the grant doesn’t pay for will be covered by the Highway fund. The projected timeline for project is five years.

Lastly, the board discussed the installation of a possible frisbee golf course in the park.

Arcanum Schools plan to install a nine-hole frisbee golf course on school property. School staff recently met with members of council to discuss an additional nine-hole course on village property to complete a 18-hole set up.

The council discussed the idea, and said they will consider it.

“I think it’s an awful lot for something that our community doesn’t do,” Village Administrator Bill Kessler said. “It just really is going to occupy the entire park, so I think we’re going to reconsider. If we want to do this, we may want to rescale it back in the park.”

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

Finance and Audit Committee — Monday, Jan. 31 at 4:30 p.m.

Service and Leisure Committee — Thursday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m.

Abigail Miller / Editor

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

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