KIRBY — Kirby Village Council approved a motion to send an official letter of appreciation to Wyandot County Engineer Michael Kohl for use of the county garage’s chipper for cleanup following the June 29 windstorm.
Council members discussed their appreciation for volunteer Dustin Stansbery, a son of Mayor Tim Stansbery. Clerk-treasurer Darl Snyder said Dustin Stansbery organized volunteers for the effort after the village was “left unprepared for the mess that needed to be cleaned up.”
The letter stated the village has no employees to do the work, so the village relied on volunteers to come together.
“The Village of Kirby would like to state our appreciation for your cooperation, allowing Dustin Stansbery to utilize equipment in clearing tree brush in the (village),” the letter says. “… Dustin’s help in using the chipping equipment and organizing volunteers was tremendous.”
Snyder reported one village resident had contacted him about being unsatisfied with cleanup efforts.
“The town didn’t coordinate anything,” he said. “(Dustin Stansbery) did it on his own.”
Council members discussed the continuing project of tree trimming in town and still have to find out what trees are located on the village right-of-way and owned by the village.
Mayor Stansbery said the village only clears or removes trees that are owned by the village, not trees on private property.
No committee meetings were scheduled for further discussion. The mayor said council members are discussing the project before this fall’s trimming project in order to avoid trimming trees at multiple times throughout the year.
Council approved a motion for the mayor to authorize Thiel Excavating and Drainage, Upper Sandusky, to install a catch basin north of the U.S. Post Office and the alley east to another catch basin, then along the street to the north.
Councilman Doug Snyder said Dan Thiel looked at a village tile and found tiles were half full, causing a village residence to have standing water in its basement.
“There’s no rain in them,” Doug Snyder said. “He said the tile was laying over half full going north and … going east. … It’s an 8-inch tile and it’s full at all times. … They’ve either settled or something.”
The measure was passed 6-0 by emergency.
By ALISSA PAOLELLA