Changes coming with school closure

Changes coming with school closure
Lori Feeney

With the closing of Tusky Valley Primary School in Mineral City, the village will remove traffic lights and discuss ways to use the property.


With the Tusky Valley Elementary School in Mineral City closing, members of village council discussed possibilities for the property, such as a park and walking trails. The school was given to the village for $1. Council President Terry Nill also proposed removing the street lights since buses will no longer be turning onto side streets off of High Street.

Additional changes due to the school closure presented changing the speed limit to 25 mph through the business district and possibly installing a four-way stop at Miners Street and High Street.

Village Solicitor Cassidy Wahlie will draw up zoning ordinances for the removal of traffic lights and no parking/tow away zone signs.

Nill thanked American Concrete and all those who helped prepare a cement platform for the village’s LoveTusc sculpture.

Reports to council

Parks and Recreation Chair Rick Cain reported having met with Stone Environmental Engineering & Science from Columbus to discuss the plans and permits needed to build a culvert over the stream near the new park area. Cain said the Army Corps of Engineers and an environmental company will need to be involved in the mitigation of the stream. Council agreed to continue planting grass in the area and to table the culvert idea for now.

Cain also told council the cost for two temporary signs for the new park will be $795.

Nill reported that the library’s Queen of Hearts jackpot is approximately $4,700. Drawings for the fundraiser take place on Fridays at 7 p.m. at the library. He also reported the Library and Volunteer Fire Department Golf Outing fundraiser will take place Aug. 31 at Zoar Golf Course.

In zoning, the committee reported sending out three letters in the past few weeks to property owners who are in violation of the zoning code. Wahlie reported having mailed a certified letter regarding zoning violations a property owner on First Street.

The issue of the village not having a fire inspector was brought up by Kevin Friend, assistant fire chief and Sandy Township fire prevention inspector. It was agreed the matter should be referred to the fire committee for discussion.


Council voted to:

— Pay for the purchase of fire truck tires from JTA Express and for work performed by JJ Endeavors to repair the roof of the Mineral City Area Historical Society building using ARPA funds. Council then discussed using the remaining ARPA funds for street repairs.

— Sign up for a state bidding plan to purchase fire truck tires every five years.

—Purchase a $25 gas card for Scott Boyd as thanks for mowing.

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