EDMORE — This village’s president voiced concern about snowplowing and the cemetery at the most recent Edmore Village Council meeting Dec. 9.
Village President Chet Guild began his list of concerns by bringing up snowplowing and referring to where he believed the Department of Public Works was falling short.
“I can remember when I was working and I got up at 6 o’clock in the morning and the roads were plowed, the streets were plowed,” Guild said. “Today at noon they still weren’t plowed.”
Village Manager Neil Rankin said the DPW didn’t start until 6 a.m. because the wind had been blowing snow earlier that morning.
“Is this going to be the norm now that if it’s storming we’re not going to plow until it quits storming?” Guild asked. “If you gotta plow at 2 o’clock in the morning and then you’ve gotta go right back over it again, that’s what we should be doing. We should be keeping these streets clean for people. I had several complaints today from people about the streets not being taken care of.”
Rankin will provide a snow and ice removal policy at the next regular Edmore Village Council meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday.
“I don’t know how the rest of the council feels, but I like to see the streets cleaned in the morning,” Guild declared. “I don’t care who decides as long as the streets are plowed at a certain time in the morning so people can get out of their houses and go to work and do what they need to do and have business as normal.”
Guild also expressed concern at the Dec. 9 meeting about the appearance of the village cemetery.
“I don’t know how many of you people have been out to the cemetery, but it never got taken care of this year,” he said. “I’m surprised that we haven’t got a few people down here screaming and hollering about the cemetery. There’s leaves 2 feet deep out there. Is there a reason for that?”
“Because of the weather, cold temperatures, leaf pick-up was one of those issues this year,” Rankin answered. “It wasn’t just here in Edmore.”
“I was in Vestaburg’s cemetery and I was in McBride’s cemetery and they were nice and clean,” Guild responded.
Rankin also noted the village is short one employee for duties such as cemetery clean-up.
“Hopefully with the spring weather we’ll be able to get the rest of those things picked up,” Rankin said.
“I hope so because it doesn’t look very nice out there,” Guild said. “People in this town really have a lot of pride in that cemetery.”
At the Dec. 9 meeting, the Edmore Village Council also:
• Heard a quarterly loan letter was sent to Averyville Acres regarding an overdue loan to the village. Tony Maxfield of Averyville Acres has not yet responded to the letter.
“I actually stopped by today seeing that he did receive it and was following up on it,” said Village Manager Neil Rankin. “We’ll send another one in 90 days if we don’t have a response or nothing is resolved.”
• Discussed an ongoing fiber optic project being done by Casair in the village, as well as in other parts of Montcalm County and the surrounding area. The project will help provide high speed Internet to local residents after Casair obtained a federal grant.
• Heard The Phenix has been sold and discussed updating the agreement that calls for the village to maintain, plow and pay taxes on The Phenix parking lot.
• Approved a holiday pay bonus for village employees.
• Approved establishing Zoning Board of Appeals meetings.
• Approved a resolution authorizing the village to use Michigan Department of Transportation right-of-ways.