MILLERSBURG -- A miscommunication between parties led Village Administrator Nate Troyer to believe funding had already been arranged for a mural at the west end of town.
When Troyer told mural artist Rusty Baker the planning and zoning commission approved the plan for the mural on the laundromat on West Jackson Street, Baker then presented Troyer with an estimate of the cost of the project.
"When we initially talked with Rusty Baker about this, whether it was my misunderstanding or a lack of communication, I was under the impression that the Tri-County Arts Center was paying for the mural," Troyer said. "It was presented that they wanted to do a mural, and we took it to the design and review board for approval.
"After I called Rusty to let him know it was approved, he said, 'Great, I'll get you a quote together,' which I was totally not expecting," Troyer said
The quote from Baker was for $5,000 for the first phase of the project.
"He has proposed a three-phase project," Troyer said. "This would be the first phase of it. Phase two and phase three would finish out the entire wall."
Troyer said his first reaction was to tell him the village was not planning on paying for this, but after thinking about it, the village has budgeted money for the lot right beside the building to put in parking and whatever can be done there.
"I'd like to see this happen, but I don't think we should be the ones paying for it," Troyer said. "I'd like to see that lot cleaned up and some fresh paint on that wall would be nice. It would be $15,000 for the whole thing."
"If there was some way the village could help with fundraising for this project, I would support that," councilman Brent Hofstetter said. "I just have a problem spending that kind of money on a mural."
Mayor Jeff Huebner pointed out that the village has not received a quote back for putting in the parking lot at the space on South Mad Anthony.
Huebner added that if the parking lot gets done for less than was budgeted for the project, maybe the village can contribute toward the mural.
In other business, Troyer announced Spring Clean Up Day in the village will be held on Saturday, May 20, from 8 a.m. to noon at the village garage.
"I'm really thinking it's going to be busy," Troyer said. "We're getting more and more calls as the date gets closer."
The bids are out for the 2017 resurfacing project. Melway Paving and a bidding service have picked up bids so far.
Bids will be opened May 19, at 10 a.m.," Troyer said. "My intent is to review them and have a recommendation to you at the next council meeting (May 22)."
Hofstetter asked council if they would be interested in fixing the curb at the south end of Fairview Avenue when the village begins its 2017 resurfacing project.
The problem with the curb was brought to his attention by council member Kelly Hoffee.
"I think 40-feet of curb could make a big difference on that street," Hoffstetter said.
Troyer said he will include that in the project package.
The administrator also noted that seven residents in the village have been notified that their lawns were in need of mowing, according to the village ordinance, and a couple of them have already been taken care of.
"I'd like to remind residents that they are not to blow debris into the roadways," he said.
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.