HOLGATE — Details were finalized Tuesday evening for the village’s upcoming Community Day event Saturday.
Council received an update from the Park Committee on plans for the event, which takes place at Holgate Community Park. Kids activities will be held from noon-4 p.m. and include bouncy houses and games. A three-point contest and free-throw contest will start at 1:30 p.m., and a punt, pass and kick competition will start at 2:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Holgate Athletic Boosters. Food vendors will also be present, including Kona Ice, Outlaw Smokehouse and H&V Burger Queen.
Live entertainment will start at 5 p.m., and three bands will be featured — REDFAN, SoulCry and Autumn Ridge. Music is sponsored by the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.
“I’m hoping we have a good turnout this year, and the weather holds off,” said Council President Nathan Schwartzengraber.
Council member Ethan Matson noted there will not be alcohol available at the event this year.
Two other events are planned in the village Saturday, including a 5K and cheerleading competition.
Registration for Rudy’s Runners Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk will start at 8 a.m. at the Holgate High School Track Complex. A 1 mile fun run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K is at 9 a.m.
Elizabeth Jones explained the event is being held in memory of her father, Rudy Casillas, who died from mesothelioma and who was an avid runner. Casillas lived in Holgate and worked at General Motors.
“That was something he focused on,” Jones said of running.
The memorial run is part of the Sixth Annual Sister’s in Service 5K Run/Walk. Proceeds will go toward raising funds for a scholarship for a graduating Holgate high school cross country student.
For more information on the run, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Holgate/SteepletoSteeple5K.
Cheerleaders Gone M.A.D. — Making A Difference ... One Cheer at a Time will start at 2 p.m. at the school. Half of all proceeds are donated to charities, organizations or area families in need, and proceeds will go to Brandy Nagel and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
In other matters, two council members shared they will not be seeking re-election to council in November.
Schwartzengraber said he was approached by the United Auto Workers Local #211 to potentially run with them in the future and he is considering moving outside of the village in the next few years. Council member Sheldon Burke, who was appointed to a vacant seat earlier this year, said he chose not to file to retain his seat as he is committed to too many meetings.
There are three seats up for election in the village in November — the mayor and two council seats. Fiscal Officer Sally Briggs said current mayor Blake Tijerina is the only individual who filed for the mayor’s position, while one individual — Elva Wyandt — filed for a council seat. Briggs added two petitions for council seats were not accepted by the board of elections, so there will be a vacant seat unless someone is interested in filing as a write-in candidate.
In other matters:
•Schwartzengraber said they will be working to ensure at least three quotes are received for small projects in the village that fall under the threshold to require a formal bidding process. Schwartzengraber said he was approached by an individual who saw a newspaper article that council awarded a quote for the removal of trees and stated they would have submitted a lower quote for the work. Schwartzengraber said they will make an effort to advertise whenever quotes are being sought and set a deadline for submission.
•Council approved a two-year depository agreement with The Henry County Bank.
•Council approved the tax budget, which is the amounts the village will receive from its levies. They include $11,800 for parks, $25,400 for street lighting and $27,000 for general fund.
•Council learned trees have been taken down for the sidewalk project on Frazier and Smith streets.
A Personnel and Safety Committee meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 27. The regular council meeting will follow at 7 p.m.