Patience counseled as fence, full grass establishment remain for Lotz Park T-Ball field
If you have a son or daugh ter waiting to play T-Ball, they'll just have to wait for now. The Boyd Village Board expressed discomfort at its Monday June 13 meeting with allowing T-Ball play before the fence is up, due to take place the week of June 27. And while bases have arrived, they won't be installed until the fence and field grass are both established, meaning patience is necessary.
“My feeling is, I’d rather not see them play until the fence is up," said one Boyd mom dou bling as a trustee. “Just because the kids are up by the road." In the meantime, former village president Randy Setzer returned to 705 East Murray Street for the regular June meeting, taking time out to briefly acknowledge his suc –
cessor in oce.
"President," Setzer ac knowledged Bob Geist, seated at the far end and head of the board table in Setzer’s old spot.
Present along with the former village president were two oth ers, buying the other half of the lot on the southwest corner of Patten and Adams. The object of the three appearing before the board for the private land sale was to split one lot into two at Patten and Adam’s Street in Patten’s Second Addition, the details contained in a certified survey map prepared by Rick Denzine of Denzine Surveying, Inc.
“We’re coming to you be-
cause it saves us a lot of trou – ble if the lot can be split," Setzer said of himself and the other buyers of land originally platted as Lot 1 in the south east corner of Patten and Adam’s Street in Patten’s Second Addition to Boyd. Under the revised plat approved Mon – day June 13, the map will now split Lot 1 in two, joining the balance to land platted as Lot 2 in the original survey from way back. Lot numbers will change, with Lot 2 becom – ing Lot 1 per the survey map, while Setzer's portion of Lot 1 will be known as Lot 2.
“I don’t think we’re getting anyone in trouble with setting a precedent down the road," Setzer said of splitting Lot 1 in two.
Further stating his long- term personal objective to be restoration of the property that once served as the old vil lage hall, Setzer’s portion per the certified survey map in the private land sale is 0.1 acres, or 4,290 total square feet. With motion by Geist seconded by trustee Gwen Krizan, the Village Board ap- proved the Certified Survey Map prepared by Denzine.
The deed itself being done, talk turned to nostalgia, as a discussion got underway regarding the building’s past and origin. Trustee Dale Isaacs dated the old village building on the corner of Ad- ams street to the pre-Leonard Barth era after others had esti- mated the 1960s for an origin. Isaacs went on to state that there had once been police quarters on site, with a jail cell on the lower level.
““And there was a jail cell downstairs," he said of the time before county lockup became the norm. As to restoration of the larger building itself, one trustee had an idea.
“We should take before and after photos," Sarah Mc Quillan said of the planned renovations for the old village hall, with village assessor Kevin Irwin present as well on account of the near-simul- taneous Board of Review.
The logic behind the joint meeting time, per village clerk Sandi Isaacs, was that the board could suspend its regular business if someone showed to contest their assessment, and take this back up when the person had been heard as such.
Much like Stanley’s Board of Review, no one showed, with the Board of Review ending at 8 p.m., shortly after the regular meeting business.
Returning to recount regu- lar meeting business, the vil – lage board approved Class A and B alcohol licenses, while a separate motion was used to approve the sale of cigarettes.
As to the Class B licenses, motion was made by McQuillan and seconded by Krizan.
For Class A at the Boyd Cenex, motion was made by Krizan and seconded by trustee Isaacs. For cigarette licenses the motion came from Geist, being seconded in turn by Mc-Quillan Prior to adjournment and before approving alcohol or cigarette sales, Geist announced meanwhile that he had gone ahead and hired Na –
than Gully for summer help in the village, asking if the trust ees if anyone had questions while noting that he did so as a time saving measure, given that Gully had shown interest and an ad would take at least two weeks to run, not counting interviews. The seasonal hir ing of Gully was expected to save time that regular streets and utilities stau would other wise spend mowing lawns at the park and around city wells.
No one on the board expressed objections to the new hire by Geist, with praise being heard instead.
“I know the standard Gerry Gully sets for his lawn," trust ee Sarah McQuillan said. “I assume it would be the same for his grandson." Shifting from summer help to the broader streets and utilities report, Tom Grunewald said that some new culverts were due to be installed, in- cluding on 320th Street and up to the number 5 well for the village, while a leaky roof on a village well by Nick Brenner's needed replacement, being approved in turn. Trustee Mc – Quillan provided the motion for the fixing of the leaky well roof, seconded by Geist.
As to the new culverts to be installed, they were plastic, with a claim made that corrosion had occurred on the metal ones, due to both time and bovine field waste washed into nearby ditches. The cost for the 36-inch to 48 – inch plas tic replacements for the metal version was $600 a piece, such that, "it doesn't pay to fix the old ones," Grunewald said. Last but not least, Ocer Shaun Starck gave the police department update, with Chief Lance Weiland and trustee Ca –
sey Dorn both away.
“We’re just working with people to meet compliance," Starck said, with trustee Isaa- cs giving his opinion that, “if they are attempting to get something done, then let them do it" with regard to meeting village grass cutting ordinance. Getting something done, it was reported, involved bringing in a tractor by the 30th. But as to the T-Ball field?
“Rushing it isn’t going to make things better," Geist shared his assessment of things.
As such, patience is needed.
The village is still seeking donations for ongoing costs associated with T-Ball field in stallation.