Aberdeen Concerned Citizens accomplish much

The Aberdeen Concerned Citizens group reported four years of success and progress to the Aberdeen Village Council on February 16.
Group representative Deana Mason said “In grants and donations alone, we have brought in over $125,000 to the village in those four years. We have a real active board of directors and we are fortunate to have many citizens who will jump in on various projects.”
The group has purchased playground equipment and funded additions and repairs to the village park as well as purchasing Christmas and patriotic decorations from community donations.
The group also secured grant funding for security cameras in the park, patrol car computers and body cameras for the village police department.
Mason expressed gratitude to council and singled out one other individual for praise.
“We couldn’t have done anything if (Village Administrator) Delbert (Hester) hadn’t helped us as much as he has.  He’s never said no and has never complained.  I don’t know that our group could have done what we’ve done without him,” she said.
Regarding future plans, Mason said  “We plan to refurbish the Christmas decorations, we hope to add a nativity scene at the park.  Randy Mason is going to do some landscaping around the pavilion, hopefully with some help.”
She also said that the group would be seeking funding to put roofs on the shelters in the village park.
She then asked council to pass a resolution accepting all of the property secured by the group as belonging to the village.
“The reason we brought this list to you is to have council acknowledge the items we’ve gotten belong to the village.  We ask that you pass a resolution that the property belongs to the village and that you will maintain them,” Mason said. Council approved a motion to do so.
In other business, council approved having a village easter egg hunt to be held the Saturday before Easter.
Police Chief Fred Hampton then brought up a possible way that the village could save money on buying necessities.
“Council has not ever passed a resolution allowing us to join the state purchasing agreement.  Once council does that, we can be part of that,” Hampton said.
The state purchase agreement offers participants the chance to use purchasing power to greater advantage.  Council approved a resolution to join the agreement.
Hampton also had a training update.
“Our canine Gunner has passed his drug certification and his tracking certification and he recently assisted the Ripley Police Department in tracking a suspect that fled from a traffic stop,” he said.
In other business council also voted to pay the $100 fee for the village to join the Brown County Chamber of Commerce.