Hiram – The November 18th meeting on the annexation has been continued to January 24, 2011 at 9am. At this continuation of the hearing, the Board of County Commissioners will make a decision on the annexation based on a series of guidelines.

Eight bids were received for the Community Block Grant that was awarded to Hiram in August 2009 in the amount of $113,000. The bids ranged from $125,000 to $66,900 and the county has accepted and signed with Ace Zuver LLC in the amount of $66,900. A pre-construction meeting was held at the school site on November 17, 2010. Hiram Village has applied for a $50,000 NOPEC energy efficiency grant that will be used to make permanent improvements in village structures. A grant will be awarded to the Village in July 2011 from the Ohio Public Works Commission for $177,500. This grant will be used to fund a Hinsdale Road extension to meet at the north-south extension of Winrock Road. Although this is now on College property, it will be dedicated to public use.

Assistant Fire Chief Bill Byers will take over as current Chief Gary Bott is stepping down. A change of command ceremony will take place on Tuesday, December 14th at 6pm. Village Administrator Bob Wood will be retiring on December 1st after thirty-two years of service. Mr. Wood has proposed that he will return in a part-time capacity. The proposal was accepted by both the Council and Mayor, as it will provide an annual savings of $39,828.84.