Crestline Village Council hires in two new police officers

February 4, 2014

Nathan Crock

Inquirer Correspondent

On Monday January 27 Crestline Village Council met. During that time a number of topics were discussed. The police chief gave some statistics from 2013 to start off the meeting. Last year there were over 9000 calls in Crestline. There were 2010 traffic stops, 144 mayor’s court summons, and they assisted other law enforcement agencies 157 times. Also, during the meeting it was announced that Mike Blaising will be retiring from the tree committee here soon. Mayor Dave Sharrock thanked him for all his years of hard work. The mayor also had a few thank yous to extend to the street crew for their long hours they spent to keep the streets open during the recent winter storm.

There were two resolutions and two ordinances’ on the evening’s agenda. The two resolutions were to appoint two new full time probationary police officers. Those officers were Jason Kitzmiller and Tyler Carey. Both resolutions passed and are effective immediately. Council asked that both of the new officers be present at the next meeting to introduce themselves and give a brief bio of their background.

Ordinance 3081 was an ordinance that repealed ordinance 3077. This came after some discrepancies were found in the 2013 appropriation amendment adopted in ordinance 3077 on December 23 of last year. In order to allow the village books for the year 2013 this ordinance had to be repealed and a new final appropriation ordinance for 2013 will be presented to council as soon as the final numbers are computed. The other ordinance that was passed was 3082 which increased appropriations by transferring $60,000 from the income tax fund to the general fund.

Head of the harvest festival committee Clayton Herold had a few things to say about this year’s upcoming harvest festival. Herold said that they are now in the beginning stages of planning for the event. Kissel Amusement out of Cincinnati will be taking over ride operations this year. Herold said that this means a better assortment of rides and lower prices as ride wrist bands will be $15. He said they will also make more money from this ride company. The reason for switching is because the company that usually does their rides is doing a new route this summer and was not available for the event. Herold also said that the harvest festival donation goal for this year has been upped to $12,000. The reasoning behind it is that they would like to bring back the queens pageant and that money would go to help with that. So far they have received $825 which Herold said is 7 % of their goal.

The mayor had an important fundraising event to talk about during the meeting. He said that the spaghetti dinner fundraiser is coming up on Saturday February 22. It is for the Crestline Red Cross disaster team and will be held from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Shenanigan’s on 216 N. Seltzer Street in Crestline. This event will be open to the public and will be $7 per person donation for each meal. There will be door prizes, 50/50 drawings, and raffle items being given away during the event. The disaster action team primary responsibility is to respond and provide emergency assistance to victims of disasters including fires, flooding and all man made or natural disasters. Any donations to them would be greatly appreciated. Anyone who would like to donate can contact the DAT coordinator Karl Schwechheimer at (419) 683-3039.