Special Council Meeting 12-10-2021
RE: Emergency Directive for Covid-19
Present: Mayor Jill McKelvey, Patty Kauffman, Jayne Griffith, Brenda Coy, Al Hyland, Bev Yoder.
These emergency measures are necessary for the health and safety of our village employees. We have 3 out of 11 village employees that have tested positive for Covid 19. These measures will be enforced beginning Monday, December 13, 2021 and lasting unless/until Mayor McKelvey deems the current trend has decreased enough to lift these restrictions.
The Clerk’s Office at Town Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. Appointments can be made with the clerk if a matter cannot be resolved over the phone by calling 937-465-2716.
Guidelines as follows:
The Village of West Liberty Purple Heart Memorial is dedicated in honor of Purple Heart recipients who resided in the 43357 zip code when he or she joined the armed forces or was drafted to defend and serve our great Country in time of war or currently reside in the 43357 zip code. We will continue to recognize all those 43357 Purple Heart Veterans that we find in the future.
Any Purple Heart Veterans who were not recognized at the October 21, 2021 event and who come forward from now until March 1, 2022, will be recognized in the spring when the Village receives its Proclamation for a Purple Heart Community.
Each year after the Proclamation event starting in 2023, the Village will recognize those individuals on August 7 which is National Purple Heart Day.
Please contact the Village Event Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937.465.2716 with the following information: Purple Heart Veteran’s Name Rank Branch of Service Years of Service Date he/she received the Purple Heart
View an updated list of West Liberty Purple Heart Recipients.
Mayor Jill McKelvey will be in the Clerk's Office every Wednesday in July from 9-10am for anyone that would like to meet with her. Evening hours, by appointments only. Contact the Village Clerk's Office at 937-465-2716.
At the May 24th meeting of the Village Council, Logan County Chamber of Commerce President Ben Vollrath came to speak about the possibility of introducing the village to fiber internet through Peak Fiber. He explained that the ultimate goal is to connect the entire county to a fiber connection to help provide fast and reliable internet.
The limitations of the current service provider was starting to show with the stress put on by the closures that happened during the pandemic. While some houses had reliable service, others suffered from bottlenecking of traffic from all of the devices in a home and others had periods where the internet was unusable at all.
While the start up to the project would be costly, the benefits will outweigh the initial impact. Currently, most providers offer a copper connection and limit speeds to download of 100mb per second and upload of 10mb per second. A fiber connection would offer download and upload speeds of 1000mb per second. Along with the increased speed, there would be minimal to zero latency when browsing the internet, using streaming services, and playing games. The speed of the network could rival what is offered in major cities like Columbus and Chicago. A fiber connection would also increase the value of a property by roughly $3,000 to $5,000.
There would be three options for residents/customers (projected cost per month for each resident) to sign up for: $59.99/$79.99/$99.99. More information will be forthcoming once a decision is made. Phone service would be an option that could be added. Residents would need to opt in. Residents may keep current internet providers; this would just be an option.
Council and the Mayor would like input from the community and see if there is further interest in individual residents having fiber lines installed to their homes. The funds for the project would come from the American Rescue Act and would be done in cooperation with the Logan County Chamber of Commerce and other local entities. If residents have questions or comments, they can contact the Clerk’s Office at 937-465-2716.