By ARIANA R. CHERRY
The most recent meeting of the Arthur Village Board (August 1, 2022) was short a few members, as they gathered together. Matt Bernius stood in for Mayor Rod Randall as he was out of town. Other members that were present were Todd Dukeman, Erica Carter, Christy Miller, Dave Tiffan and Jim Fleming.
Before getting down to regular business, Angie Parsons of Simply Arthur gave a brief report about the tourists who had been in town lately. She stated that a little over 6,000 guests had been in town since the new monitor was installed back in March.
There were nine buses in June and July. She informed the board that it was still a little less than last year but more than 2020. Railvew is repairing the buggy that had been vandalized at the Welcome Center.
Bernius reported that there was $40,132.44 in expenditures. The majority of the expenses were from the Arthur Homes Project and Herschbergers Concrete.
Village Attorney Kenny Crossman stated that they were getting closer to completing the purchases on the railroad properties. Larry Hershberger and Andy Reynolds are both preparing to close.
For new business, there was a request from Arthur resident Teri Miller of Willow Tree Wellness Center to hold free community yoga classes for about two-weeks at Dorothy Jurgens Garden Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:45 am and 5:45 pm. Her request was accepted, although no specific start date has been made yet.
The board agreed to access a portion of the lagoon property on August 19 and 20 for contestant parking for the Heart of Amish Country Rodeo as long as a safety fence is in place and that the village of Arthur is listed as an additional insurer.
Before the board wrapped up their brief meeting, they discussed and agreed on putting electronic speeding boards during the Steam Threshing event that was held on August 5 and 6. They decided to write up a rental agreement and rent out the speeding boards for $1 each to the Arthur Heritage Center.