Orwell council opts not to place levy on ballot

Jun. 23 — ORWELL – After spending time evaluating the odds of passing a 6-mill safety force levy, Orwell Village Council decided it wasn’t time to go to the ballot.

Council members have discussed the possibility of placing a levy on the ballot for several months and added potential specifics to the amount of the levy during a work session last week.

During the regular council meeting on Tuesday afternoon, council members questioned whether this was the right time to go to the voters because of the state’s economy and the high rate of inflation.

“With the economy. I don’t think we should do it now,” said Orwell Councilman Jeremy Cottrell.

“I agree,” said Councilman Bob Denihan, “It doesn’t seem like we have enough momentum to do this successfully.”

Council members Dave Hartz and Chris Ruks said they believe the levy is needed, but now is not a good time to ask for more money.

Funds would have been generated between the police and fire departments.

In other business:

—Carmen Kuula, Director of Community Action, and Deliarose Marroquin, Director of the Grand Valley Stable Community Learning Center, provided a survey of the results from the council designed to determine the next steps in the development center.

Kuula said 252 adults 560 students responded.

“Our next steps are to take these results and see how we can implement them [plans]”she said.

The center is intended to not only meet the needs of students, but also other community members.

Marroquin said some of the ideas are already being worked out for implementation, including mentoring students who may need special help. {div} —Marroquin said a back-to-school day is scheduled for 4 pm-6pm on Aug. 22 at the Grand Valley Local Schools complex. Shoes, some backpacks and haircuts are planned for the event. {/ div} —Village manager Tami Pentek said sand-filter repair is a high priority at the wastewater treatment plant and chip-sealing work on roads has begun.

– Council approved Juneteenth as an official holiday for village employees.

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