Schram City Board Discusses Memorial

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A public hearing regarding the Community Block Development Grant the village is applying for preceded the monthly Schram City Village Board meeting on Monday evening, Sept. 14.

The village will request $550,000 to assist in funding the water project, which will benefit 65.59 percent of low to moderate income families within village limits.

Following the hearing, members of the village board met briefly to tackle a variety of matters with Trustee Pat Rhoades absent, including a resolution to approve the CBDG grant application.

Village President Albert Oberle provided a census update from Sandy Leitheiser, Montgomery County clerk and recorder, who reported the village is now 71.2 percent complete. 

While village workers have made over 100 calls to residents this summer, Oberle said they still have 82 people they need to reach out to.

“If people haven’t filled out their census and they need help, all they have to do is call the village and we can help them,” said Oberle.

As an effort to revitalize the community, Oberle said the village will begin to cite residents for abandoned houses and derelict property. He also explained how one Schram City home was recently sold for back taxes. 

According to the village president, the case went to court and was ruled in favor of the buyers, who had filed suit against the county for not disclosing the lein against the property.  Oberle explained how the county is interested in deeding the property to the village. Once the land is in village possession, the property will be demolished and then sold, with Oberle stating he may have a potential buyer. 

This year’s village tax levy totaled $23,405 and was passed, including $12,700 to general corporate tax; $2,675 to municipal audit tax; $3,160 to police protection; and $4,870 to tort and insurance tax.

In a USDA grant update, board members were presented bids for a new village truck and will make a selection on which one they will pursue during next month’s meeting. Additionally, they received information regarding the Reinventing Central Park project, and will purchase a park bench for a total of $620.

As discussion continues on the veterans memorial, board members reviewed design examples and other pertinent information. The board will need to determine the cost of bricks or pavers that residents may purchase for their loved ones. Oberle added that he will create a letter to send to village residents in an effort to raise funds for the project, and will attempt to gather volunteers for dirt and sand work.

“The goal is to have this done and a dedication on Memorial Day next year,” said Oberle.

In a few final notes, the board will amend the nuisance ordinance or outdoor music ordinance to prohibit indoor music at local establishments after 11 p.m. In conjunction with the city of Hillsboro and village of Taylor Springs, Schram City will not have designated days for trick or treating this year. 

The next monthly meeting will be held Tuesday evening, Oct. 13, beginning at 6 p.m. at

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