Toulon mailbox ordinance to be rewritten

Mueller new economic development rep

By Jim Nowlan

The Toulon City Council agreed Monday night that its mailbox ordinance should be redrawn to require written permission from a property owner and, failing that, council approval for placement of a mailbox on the city property in front of a residence.

“Mailboxes have become an issue,” declared Mayor Larry Hollis. “People are setting up mailboxes without permission.”

Aldermen also expressed concerns that people may be digging mailbox posts too close to utility poles as well as installing boxes that fall over.

According to Mayor Hollis, the City voted years ago not to have mail delivery, “and that decision apparently can’t be reversed.”

But, says a Toulon Post Office representative, if a rural postal carrier is already going down a city street on his or her route, then the service will deliver mail to a mailbox along that line of travel, but only on one side of the street.

Thus, residents wanting a mail box need written permission, for example, from a property owner on the other side of the street.

Persons must purchase their own mailboxes, but the delivery service is free.

City attorney Bruce Fehrenbacher was directed to come back to the council with a proposed new ordinance. The timing on this may be difficult, as Fehrenbacher will be sworn in as a judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit on September 1.

After the meeting, Fehrenbacher told The News that he and Peoria attorney Mike Evans are close to agreement that the latter take over the new judge’s Wyoming law practice.

Fehrenbacher has for years served as counsel to a number of area local governments.
“Mike has experience representing local governments” said Fehrenbacher.

In other business, the council unanimously accepted Robert Mueller’s offer to serve as unpaid economic development representative for the city.

Mueller is a former Stark 100 school superintendent and county board member who has been active in the past in economic development. For a few years, Toulon and other municipalities and county banks supported a countywide economic development effort, but that ended several years ago.

Mueller’s friend Denny Rewerts is economic development director for Wyoming.

“I would like to see informal quarterly meetings on this topic among our communities and banks,” said Mueller, who added that he will keep in touch with statewide economic development officials in behalf of Toulon.

Police training, splash pads discussed

The Council approved the request by police chief Gary Bent that four part-time officers of the city receive additional training beginning in September, at a short-term cost of $2,000 per officer. The cost would be repaid to the city by the state a year later.

“The Toulon Police Auxiliary has paid for the uniforms for the officers,” noted Bent, “and this training is an important opportunity for part-time officers.”

Mayor Hollis encouraged aldermen to look further into the possibility of creating a splash pad for children in the community, and the council agreed that Hollis should gather more information.

“A splash pad is better than a swimming pool,” Hollis observed. “There is no depth and a lifeguard is not needed, and kids have lots of fun on a splash pad.”
Toulon not a participant in Fall Festival

The Council approved donations of $1,500 for the recently completed Old Settlers Celebration; $250 for the Old Settlers’ Pageant; $250 for the Toulon Firemen “Bunker Gear Run,” just completed, and $125 for the Stark County Athletic Booster Club.

Aldermen observed that Toulon is apparently not participating in this year’s Stark County Fall Festival, and so decided not to respond to a request for a donation from that group.

Alderman Rob Finney stated that if Toulon subsequently decides to become involved this year, the council can revisit the idea of a donation.

already going down a city street on his or her route, then the service will deliver mail to a mailbox along that line of travel, but only on one side of the street.

Thus, residents wanting a mail box need written permission, for example, from a property owner on the other side of the street.

Persons must purchase their own mailboxes, but the delivery service is free.

City attorney Bruce Fehrenbacher was directed to come back to the council with a proposed new ordinance. The timing on this may be difficult, as Fehrenbacher will be sworn in as a judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit on September 1.

After the meeting, Fehrenbacher told The News that he and Peoria attorney Mike Evans are close to agreement that the latter take over the new judge’s Wyoming law practice.

Fehrenbacher has for years served as counsel to a number of area local governments.

“Mike has experience representing local governments” said Fehrenbacher.

In other business, the council unanimously accepted Robert Mueller’s offer to serve as unpaid economic development representative for the city.

Mueller is a former Stark 100 school superintendent and county board member who has been active in the past in economic development. For a few years, Toulon and other municipalities and county banks supported a countywide economic development effort, but that ended several years ago.

Mueller’s friend Denny Rewerts is economic development director for Wyoming.

“I would like to see informal quarterly meetings on this topic among our communities and banks,” said Mueller, who added that he will keep in touch with statewide economic development officials on behalf of Toulon.

Police training, splash pads discussed

The Council approved the request by police chief Gary Bent that four part-time officers of the city receive additional training beginning in September, at a short-term cost of $2,000 per officer. The cost would be repaid to the city by the state a year later.

“The Toulon Police Auxiliary has paid for the uniforms for the officers,” noted Bent, “and this training is an important opportunity for part-time officers.”

Mayor Hollis encouraged aldermen to look further into the possibility of creating a splash pad for children in the community, and the council agreed that Hollis should gather more information.

“A splash pad is better than a swimming pool,” Hollis observed. “There is no depth and a lifeguard is not needed, and kids have lots of fun on a splash pad.”

Toulon not a participant in Fall Festival

The Council approved donations of $1,500 for the recently completed Old Settlers Celebration; $250 for the Old Settlers’ Pageant; $250 for the Toulon Firemen “Bunker Gear Run,” just completed, and $125 for the Stark County Athletic Booster Club.

Aldermen observed that Toulon is apparently not participating in this year’s Stark County Fall Festival, and so decided not to respond to a request for a donation from that group.

Alderman Rob Finney stated that if Toulon subsequently decides to become involved this year, the council can revisit the idea of a donation.
 

 

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