Fredericktown Municipal Building

The Fredericktown Municipal Building, where village council meetings are held.

FREDERICKTOWN -- The Fredericktown Village Council discussed adapting language in the council rules at Monday night's meeting.

Council reviewed two main aspects of the rules, whether to make committee meetings “meetings of the whole” and whether to adjust the council vacancy application policy.   

Only members of a specific committee are technically allowed to speak during their designated committee meetings. Making all committee meetings “meetings of the whole” would allow council members to attend and speak at committee meetings for committees they are not a part of.

Overall, the change would allow for more open exchange and collaboration among committee members, without the gravity of a final vote, committee member Scott McKnight, who first brought the idea to council, said.

The review of the vacancy policy comes after two recent council vacancies. Council accepted applications after the first vacancy in the summer, and when another vacancy followed shortly after, they considered the people who had already applied. 

Council discussed whether it will always accept new applications when there is a vacancy. 

Both of these rule considerations will be discussed further at the next committee meeting on July 19. 

In other business:

-- Council added Juneteenth as a floating holiday, following President Joseph Biden signing legislation on June 17 making Juneteenth a federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the day the last enslaved people in the United States found out they had been freed through the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two and a half years earlier.

-- Council member Mollie de Rojas brought up concerns she had heard from the community about a lack of parking signage. Mayor Jerry Day and village administrator Bruce Snell will look at the signs around the village on June 22 and assess signage needs, Day said. 

-- Council member Ryan Shoemaker initiated discussion about placing breakaway fences on the village bike path for safety, both to ensure cars stay off the path and bikes are aware of the path’s limits. The council decided to add breakaway fences as well as paint “stop” on the asphalt near intersections. 

-- Fredericktown will host an open house on proposed zoning updates from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 23 in the School Administration Building, Snell said. 

-- The council approved the minutes from the previous meeting on June 7 as well as accepted finances and paid bills for May.

-- Council member Raymond Brewer was not in attendance at the June 21 meeting. No community members were present at the June 21 meeting.

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Emma Davis is a 2021 graduate of the University of Richmond, from which she holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and leadership studies. Emma reports for Knox Pages and Ashland Source through Report for America.

Emma Davis is a 2021 graduate of the University of Richmond, from which she holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and leadership studies. Emma reports for Knox Pages and Ashland Source through Report for America.