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Village Council— Council recognizes Roosevelt

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At Village Council’s meeting on Nov. 16, Council unanimously passed a resolution honoring Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt, who is leaving the job the end of December.

The resolution cites Roosevelt’s achievements at the college and also in collaboration with the village, stating that he “prioritized deepening the relationship between Antioch College and the Village of Yellow Springs, recognizing that the future of both are strongly connected, cementing that relationship by focusing on the shared priorities of sustainability, the arts and wellness; renovating significant facilities for shared use of the community and college, including the Wellness Center, Foundry Theater, Herndon Gallery and the Coretta Scott King Center; developing a sustainable campus infrastructure utilizing energy efficiency and alternative energy in the form of geothermal and solar. …”

Speaking to Council, Roosevelt urged the Village to continue the collaborative relationship with Antioch College.
“Both institutions are so much stronger when they’re working together,” he said.

In other Council business:
• Council unanimously passed a resolution adopting a vision for policing policy in Yellow Springs. The resolutions states that the Village “prides itself on having a police department that respectfully serves our community, directly responds to the needs of citizens and actively ensures the safety of residents and visitors. …”

While there was little comment from Council members and none from villagers regarding the vision statement, Council members have discussed the statement, created by Marianne MacQueen and Brian Housh, in past meetings. The vision statement is available online at http://www.yso.com, click on Council minutes from Nov. 16.

• Council unanimously approved a resolution that states the official ballot question for the Village tax levy renewal that will go on the ballot on March 15, 2016. The current levy brings in about $770,000 per year to the general fund.

• Council unanimously passed the first reading of an ordinance that repeals an old section of the zoning code and replaces it with a new section that makes it easier to put an accessory structure on a residential lot.

• Council unanimously passed the second readings of several ordinances that make consistent the language of ordinances establishing various Village boards and commissions, including the Environmental Commission, the Human Relations Commission and the Library Commission.

• Council unanimously passed the first reading of an ordinance that approves the 2016 Village budget. While this was an emergency ordinance, it will still have two readings, but the emergency status allows the budget to go into effect by January, 2016.

• Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that revises the Village zoning code to make easier the joining of two adjacent lots, to allow greater flexibility of uses.

• Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance intended to clean up the language of the signage section of the Village zoning code.

• Council adjourned into an executive session regarding issues relating to litigation or potential litigation.
Council’s next regular meeting will take place Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.


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