HILLSDALE — The two newest Hillsdale City Councilmen William Zeiser and William Morrisey were sworn-in by Hillsdale City Clerk Stephen French before Monday night’s meeting.
Zeiser filled the seat left vacant by Emily Stack-Davis after she moved out of the city limits and Morrisey filled the Ward II seat, which has been vacant since Ruth Brown left the council.
During the meeting the council heard an update from David Wheeler, president and CEO of Marvo Mineral Company inc., on the renovation of G.W. Stock & Sons Mill. Wheeler received a Community Development Block Grant to help with the purchase of the property in 2015.
The acquisition of the property and the grant has spurred five new jobs in the city with the company and over $159,000 in private investment.
“I would like to thank you immensely,” Wheeler said. “Mary (Wolfram) spent hours and hours working on it (CDBG), this would not have been possible without it. The potential of the facility is astronomical.”
Wheeler said the building is still a work in progress, but his employees will begin to focus their efforts back to renovations after his company’s busy season is complete in a month or so.
“It is a work in progress, I can foresee 10 years down the road, that the building will be an economic asset to the city,” Wheeler said.
All of the councilmen thanked Wheeler for his investment into the city.
“This is what we need more people trying to do it here, great job,” said Councilman Matthew Bell. “It is a good sign when someone is showing up at a council meeting and talking about their business.”
During the meeting French reviewed results of the August Primary Election and explained some of the problems the city had with the machine in Ward II.
“In my 16 years of doing this I have never experienced anything like this,” he said. “This was the first time, I walked out of a courthouse without a final tally.”
The ballots in Ward II had to be recounted Aug. 10 after a hardware error in the Ward II machine Aug. 9.
“The card is the brains of the machine and it completely failed,” French said. “We had no way of knowing until we took it to the courthouse.”
He said all of the machines were tested before election day and they worked fine. New batteries will be purchased for each of the units before the November Presidential Election.
During his presentation French addressed a concern from local resident Penny Swan who was troubled by having all of the wards voting in the same room at the Hillsdale Community Library.
“Being in one big room was confusing…I didn’t feel like I had the privacy I would have liked to have,” she said.
French said before the November election he would look at what could be done to make things run more efficient.
“We are going to have more standup voting stations in November,” he said. “We will look at everything and make sure it goes smoothly.”
In other business:
• The new funding alternatives committee will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 to look at ways to fund road projects within the city.
• Construction work on State Street will begin Sept. 6.
• Movie Night in the Park Friday, Community Action Agency will be providing hot dogs and popcorn free of charge. Bottled water will be provided by County National Bank and C.A.P.A. will be providing smores.
• Movie Night in the Park Aug. 26.