It was standing room only at Wednesday’s meeting of Washington Court House City Council. City department heads had to stand in the hallway.
The reason? City council was visited by two county youth organizations: Girl Scout Troop 2831 and the Fayette County 4-H Teen Leadership Council. There were also a handful of Washington High School government class students in the audience.
The Girl Scouts presented a proposal to council regarding their desire to improve the City Park by adding play equipment for special needs children. The name of this community project is “You Are Not Forgotten.” The troop is working toward the Bronze Award, which is the highest award for Girl Scouts according to troop leaders Erica McKinney and April Self. Now that the proposal has been presented to city council, the girls will begin to solicit funding to purchase playground equipment that will enable children with disabilities to enjoy all aspects of the park.
The 4-H Leadership Council spokesperson, Victoria Schappacher, shared that this visit to council was one of the stops the 4-H Council will make as they focus on citizenship this year. They have attended a Miami Trace school board meeting and will also attend a Washington City Schools board meeting. They will also be heading to Columbus to observe government in action on a state level. The 4-H Council is holding a Craft and Bake Sale on Nov. 18 from 8:30 to 3:30 at the Extension Office. Admission is $1 and that includes a raffle ticket. The teens will also be hosting a 5K run, “The Jingle Bell Jog,” on Dec. 9. For more information visit their Facebook page.
City council had a light agenda. Most of the legislation centered around the Washington Avenue project, which is not slated to start until 2018. City Manager Joe Denen also reported on the purchase of rock salt for the upcoming winter months. The cost this year was lower due to a stockpile because of the light snow season last year.
Denen also addressed the standing water from the heavy rains the city experienced recently. The city received the normal total amount of rain for November all in one day. “There are a few places we need to tweak, and a few places we are watching closely, but for the most part we have done all we can.”
The next meeting for city council will be on Wednesday, Nov. 27, in council chambers starting at 7:30 p.m.