Kelleys Island News

By Leslie Korenko

Winter officially came to the island in December. The first ice on puddles appeared on Dec. 4 and the first snow on Dec. 7 when almost an inch of snow drifted down to cover the ground. It was short lived however. The snow was back on December 19 and looks like it is staying along with some really cold temperatures. Cold weather and winds played havoc with the ferry schedule. Ice covered docks and low water suspended travel for a couple of days and frozen spray covered the shore rocks.


Winter house check forms are available online at (click on Forms). The website may be updated to include Reservation forms and sections for the Safety Services. The Police Dept. is very conscientious about checking houses advising owners of unusual damage and activity. Barb Shadle was appointed to fill the vacant Board of Education seat. Remember, Griffing is only flying from Port Clinton now and the ticket price is $47 one way.


The KI Historical Assoc. received a grant for $1318 for their museum building and reports they finally received their Use & Occupancy certificate. Looks like the building will be open next year. An individual membership is just $15. If you are not a member, you missed the last newsletter that contained another installment in the Wm. S. Webb letters from the Civil War era and a history of the Island jail.


Council is on recess until spring. David Lambros was reappointed as Village Solicitor. The village may exchange some old vehicles for a ‘97 Chevy Trail Blazer, made available through Sugar Ridge Recycling. The Airport Layout Plan is still not approved by the FAA. The Mayor expressed the Village’s frustration with having to pay for resurfacing while the FAA mandated purchases related to the N/S runway even though they recommend it be abandoned. The EMTs completed trauma training and Sharon is looking for volunteers to take the EMT course. The more volunteers we have, the lighter the load for each EMT. Contact the Village office if you are interested in taking this free class, either now or in the spring. The Water Dept. may be in financial crises and overtime and purchases are being reviewed. The Get-Away Subdivision plat was approved for filing. The Village may be applying for grants to purchase tasers.

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