Lewisburg council updated on projects

By Charlie Claywell - For The Register-Herald

LEWISBURG — During a Thursday, Dec. 1, meeting, Lewisburg Village Council members were updated on several projects under way in Lewisburg.

One of the ongoing projects in the village deals with Twin Creek, which flows through the community park. Work on the creek bank has continued this late into the year due to the unseasonably warm weather and, Village Manager Jeff Sewert noted, the project is ahead of schedule.

Once the cleanup portion of the project is complete Sewert said the next phase will include selecting trees for the area. The village website states that the overall purpose of the project is to restore the banks of Twin Creek to their natural setting.

Lewisburg Police Chief Rick McGee updated council on the progress of a K-9 unit to be added to the police force. One aspect of the process includes updating a police cruiser with a safety system that prevents an animal from being trapped inside the vehicle if, for example, the inside temperature of the vehicle becomes dangerously high. The system, which automatically rolls down the vehicle’s windows, is a standard method of protecting a service animal since the animal cannot escape a vehicle on its own.

In other news:

• Breakfast with Santa will be on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. A parade featuring Santa Claus will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the fire station. It will end at the community park. In other holiday-related news, council was advised bingo is canceled for December.

• Fire and EMS Chief B.J. Sewert reported village safety personnel participated in extrication training. The training took place at Hershel’s Service Center in Lewisburg on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The training went well, he said, adding that the department intends to provide monthly training sessions for its safety personnel.

• Jeff Sewert updated council on the water tower that was taken offline on Friday, Nov. 18, for repairs. The tower was refilled over Thanksgiving weekend and sampled per regulations to ensure no bacteria was present, he said. The samples were clean and the tower was being refilled, he reported at the meeting. He was also complimentary of the service department’s handling of the situation. “I want to commend Bruce Robbins along with Josh Harry for the job they did. This is something they need to stay on top of 24/7 and Bruce and Josh did both,” he said. The water tower was returned to service this past weekend.

• Council was advised that at the Thursday, Dec. 15, meeting there may be some real estate, “shoddy” property and/or annexation issues for consideration.

By Charlie Claywell

For The Register-Herald