Sabina council: No hybrid cop car; police your sidewalk

By Gary Huffenberger -

SABINA — In his report to village council Thursday night, the mayor spoke of sidewalks, a hybrid police car and new American flags flying in town.

On the hybrid vehicle topic, Sabina Mayor Dean Hawk said he received a prompt reply to his letter to Ford Motor Company offering to be a test site. But the Village of Sabina was not chosen to test a new hybrid police car, he reported.

An upside is the village now has the names and numbers for three people highly placed at Ford, said Hawk, and now “they [Ford officials] know of Sabina, Ohio down here in ‘flyover country’.”

The mayor reminded residents that property owners are responsible for the care and maintenance of sidewalks. But because no building permit is needed to repair them or to construct a new sidewalk, the work may not conform with a village ordinance on how a sidewalk should be constructed (Ordinance 2013-15).

If something about the sidewalk project is not correct, “it is difficult and expensive to fix,” Hawk said.

He recommended anyone planning to do sidewalk work contact village hall and the property owner may save money in the process.

Funds were donated for the new U.S. flags, said the mayor, and Robert and Mary Caudill installed the mounts and put up the flags.

“There were 20 new American flags flying along the parade route for the Labor Day parade. I was proud and happy with the way they looked,” stated the mayor.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.

By Gary Huffenberger