SABINA — Pennant Molding, a local business, has stepped up in support of Sabina’s community pool with plans to donate proceeds from a colorful 5K “powder run.”
Sabina Mayor Dean Hawk reported to village council Thursday night that the run will start and finish at Pennant Molding, and include both the village and township parks and town for most of the route. It is scheduled for Saturday, June 18.
In a powder fun run, the participants can expect to be showered with powder at various places.
Following up on comments he made earlier in the month regarding economic growth, Hawk said Thursday, “I am very serious about getting ready to welcome new business into Sabina. I have asked [Sabina Law Director] Melissa Upthegrove to make me a checklist of what we need to do to annex property into the village.”
In addition, the mayor said he has scheduled to meet with the Richland Township trustees “as I want to cooperate with them and work together for the benefit of both.”
Further, Hawk said appointments will be made with property owners to see who might be willing to be involved in potential annexation.
On another matter, Hawk spent Thursday in Columbus in mayor’s court training to learn about mayor’s courts. If the village does set up such a court, Hawk said after the meeting a court magistrate would be employed to preside.
The mayor anticipates a decision whether to establish a mayor’s court by May.
Surveys have been conducted of the village’s 56 streets, sidewalks and facilities in preparation of a planned application for a Community Development Block Grant neighborhood revitalization grant by June, said Hawk.
In a similar hunt for dollars, Sabina Village Councilman Jim Mongold, chairman of council’s Development Committee, said he expects an application soon will be ready to be submitted for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funds.
The hoped-for project would involve improving the crosswalk at the Sabina Elementary School entrance, construction between the school and a new church to establish an alternative dropoff/pickup point for school children, and constructing sidewalk on East Washington, Union and South Howard streets.
Total cost of the project is estimated at $438,500. In response to a question from Councilman Bill Lewis, Mongold replied no village General Fund money is expected to be needed for the project that will take place only if the federal SRTS funds are awarded. The Ohio Department of Transportation selects SRTS recipients in the state.
Dori Bishop, education specialist with the Clinton County Solid Waste District, presented $900 to the village to go toward an upcoming community spring cleanup.
Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768 or on Twitter @GHuffenberger.