The Oblong Village Board Wednesday night approved a budget, a beer garden and preparing for spring cleanup.
The board approved an annual budget of $1,262,498. 33. That number is up about $75,000 over last year. Mayor Teresa Fielder said the purchase of a backhoe and other items are part of that increase. The board also approved a $45,000 resolution on street and highway maintenance that will be funded by Motor Fuel Tax funds from the state.
Trustees said the village board has done well to maintain the budget and even lowered it over the last several years.
The second annual Hootenanny will again feature a beer garden and add a wine garden. Following the success, and lack of problems, with last year's event, the board approved the beer garden and addition of wine by Irene's Vineyard. The event is scheduled for July 6 from 2 to 9:30 p.m.
Fielder had comments on several items, including trash pickup and the dog park.
Spring cleanup for paid up Republic Service customers will be Thursday, April 25. Customers are reminded that not all items are allowed, and items need to be bagged, boxed or bundled.
Fielder also wants to remind village Republic customers they are entitled to two containers if needed at no extra charge. If customers need an additional container or are being charged for a second container they should contact the mayor's office at 592-3431, and have all of their account information available.
Fielder proclaimed April as Safe Dig Month. Residents are reminded to call 811 before starting any project that requires digging. The vast amount of utilities located underground makes digging a hazard and proper inspections should be done before starting a dig project.
The dog park proposed by a Leadership Crawford County class is still a work in progress. Fielder said class members still want to complete the project on their own time. The board gave an Oct. 1 deadline for full funding of the project.
A second project by the current Leadership class involves the purchase and installation of adult fitness/activity equipment in local parks. The board approved allowing Leadership Crawford County to include Oblong in the upcoming project.
Residents were reminded that the Oblong Village Park campground is open from April 1 to Oct. 31 at a cost of $10 per night. Contact the public works office at 592-3122 for a reservation.
Side-by-side and golf cart permits are up for renewal May 1. Cost is $50 per year and $25 for veterans.
Residents who have received letters about nuisances properties need to comply with cleanup by May 1 or be subject to local fines. If additional time is needed contact the Oblong Chief of Police to make other arrangements.
Oblong Police issued eight citations during the month of March. The had 13 offences reported, one vehicle accident, and 116 calls for service.
Fielder said the Ad-Hoc committee would be looking at existing mobile home inspection regulation, and a food vendor ordinance.
The next scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, May 1.