West Liberty named a Purple Heart Community; village council learns more on two local businesses

The West Liberty Village Council met Monday evening. The council started their meeting at Solomon’s Garage and Neer & Farm.

Owners, Dave and Katie Neer, talked about how they came to own two businesses within the village and their commitment to the West Liberty Community. Council learned so much about how Solomon’s Garage offers full service with the technology of many dealerships’ service centers. At Neer & Farm, Katie explained the dozens of vendors she has in her store and that these individuals are all small business owners.

The big news from Monday evening is that West Liberty is now a nationally recognized Purple Heart Community. Signs will be going up in the village within the next few weeks. Mayor McKelvey read the proclamation at last night’s council meeting.

You can read the proclamation Mayor McKelvey read here.

In other news, the council agreed to purchase a 10 x 14 gazebo from Dayton Barns & All-Steel Buildings in Urbana. Delivery should occur within three weeks. The gazebo will be put in the north Town Hall yard toward the back. This will allow it to be used for weddings and music concerts, as well as, for Santa.

Council also discussed allowing residents to have chickens in the village. Councilwoman Patty Kauffman brought up many concerns regarding keeping the community and chicken populations safe and the safeguards needed for this to happen. After much discussion, the council agreed that more information is necessary.

The Gas and Electric Aggregation ballot language was submitted to the Board of Elections yesterday and will appear on the ballot in November.

Councilwoman Joanna Hostetler recently toured the village with ODNR Urban Forester Alistair Reynolds and conducted an evaluation of the trees lining the village streets. The final report will be received in the next few weeks and Mrs. Hostetler will be writing an information piece in the September newsletter regarding this information.

The annual Ice Cream Social is Saturday, July 23 from 4-7:30 p.m. at the West Liberty Methodist Church. Councilwoman Jeanette Zerkle explained the social will support the Matt Derlan family. Matt was a state champion wrestler for West Liberty-Salem who in January 2022 became very ill. Everyone is invited to help support this great cause.

The West Liberty Village Council will meet again on Monday, July 25 at 7 p.m.