The electronic sign at Latty's Town Hall. (Photo/Adam Papin)

LATTY – Children in Latty will get to celebrate Easter with an egg hunt, with the village council finalizing plans at its next council meeting. The Easter Egg Hunt will take place this spring, and it will be open to village residents and their grandchildren. The hunt is the result of continued discussions by the village council.

The February council meeting began with a moment of silence honoring Elmer Groves, who passed away on January 27th, at his residence. Groves served on council until the time of his death.

Council elected Kirk Stoller Council President to replace Shawn Gerber who is now mayor. Jo Anna Taylor informed council that she is resigning as village clerk and that her last day will be March 31. Anyone interested in the position can contact the mayor.

The village currently has vacant positions on council, and it encourages anyone interested in serving to contact a current council member and attend the next scheduled meeting. Vacancies are appointed by the current council for the remainder of the unexpired term.

Amy Hoffman from Palmer Energy explained that Latty has had electric aggregation in place since 2018, and the current aggregation of $0.0438 expires in May. Hoffman told council that Palmer energy is currently pricing the next contract, and the village can expect a higher rate than previously stated. However, the rate will still remain lower than if the village negotiated on its own because it is utilizing the strength of group buying.

Council is in the process of establishing a policy of what the village employees will be responsible for mowing and maintaining. Mayor Gerber said he will work on drawing up the policy and revisions will be made at the next meeting.

The village is also accepting bids for a new mower to replace the old zero-turn mower at the next meeting. Council plans to sell the old mower as is and emphasized it needs work. It will be open for inspection on February 28, from 5-7 p.m., and by appointment. Sealed bids will be accepted by the village clerk and opened at the March 14 meeting.

The Paulding County Engineering Department will continue to maintain signs in the village, and it plans on replacing traffic signs and adding new ones to ensure safety within the town.

The mayor also made council aware that the next time the village is without power for an extended period of time, they are to contact the Paulding County EMA Director Ed Bohn, and he will direct them in what to do and what services his office can provide.

A second Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, at 6 p.m. at the Latty town hall building. The next council meeting will be March 14, at 6 p.m. at the town hall.