HOLGATE — Village council Tuesday elected its new president for 2021.

Elva Wyandt was elected to serve as president of council. Tim Herndon served as council president last year, but he resigned at the end of the year due to moving outside the village limits.

Overall, Mayor Blake Tijerina said he’s looking forward to this year and working with council.

“Hopefully we can change things for the better and get things moving,” he said.

In other matters:

•Councilman Mike Medina asked whether debris left near railroad crossings can be addressed. “If they’re working on it, they should be professional enough to clean up their mess after,” he said. Tijerina said the best thing to do is for multiple people to contact the railroad.

•Council briefly discussed a pending request by Phil Horstman, who approached council in December to install a privacy fence along his property on Cherry Street and in line with his garage, which is approximately 1 foot onto a grass alley which is the village’s property. At that time, Solicitor David Busick said, legally, the village shouldn’t permit encroachment onto its property. On Tuesday, Village Administrator Rob Nagel said he took pictures of the area as requested and doesn’t believe a fence would block access to utility services that use the alley as access. Tijerina said the village’s zoning administrator met with Horstman and he will follow up for an update on the situation.

•Medina suggested purchasing a new drag blade for the tractor used by village staff. He will further discuss the issue with Nagel.

•Council learned a street light is out on Brayer Street. Toledo Edison will be contacted.

•Council approved a water bill adjustment for a resident due to a water leak.

A Personnel Committee meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 15. A Finance Committee meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26, followed by the regular council meeting. At this time, all of the meetings are planned to be held virtually.

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