Zanesfield council discusses ARPA; Santa returns to the village on December 11


By Kris Allen

A resolution that will see funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for general fund expenses was highlighted at the Zanesfield Village council meeting Monday night.

Mayor Joe Fawcett informed council that he attended the final Logan, Union, and Champaign Regional Planning Commission (LUC) meeting recently. He informed council that there will be a public hearing to inform the public of zoning changes held on April 25th.

Turning to snow removal, Mayor Fawcett informed council that he has received one quote for snow plowing for 2023. Clerk-Treasurer Heather Clapsaddle reminded council that they lost their contract with A&K, which was contracted through December. Council decided to hire Eirich Property Services through the remainder of 2022 while soliciting bids for 2023.

In other council matters, Clapsaddle told council that Santa will once again appear in person at Firehouse Pizza and Subs on December 11th from 4-6 PM. Then, at 6:30, the village Christmas tree will be lit. Interested residents can bring an ornament that evening to be hung on the tree.

Clapsaddle also informed council that the new LED streetlights have been installed. The total cost for the project was $1,321.69. The work was performed by Miami Valley Lighting. Additionally, leaf pick-up will continue village-wide through November 28th.

Allocation of funds for ARPA monies took up a majority of council’s discussions. Clapsaddle said that all the county and township fiscal officers met with Logan County Auditor Jack Reser to discuss how to apply for ARPA funds. In order to qualify, each entity must develop an itemized list of general fund expenditures incurred this year.

In Zanesfield’s case, there is $20,600 currently on the books in ARPA funds that can be replaced. Once that list is submitted, the funds will be transferred back into the general fund.