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Orland doing depot work with grant

By Amy Oberlin aoberlin@kpcmedia.com

Oct 10, 2018

ORLAND — A historic Orland building is getting a new roof.

The work was made possible through a $5,000 grant from the Orland Fund at the Steuben County Community Foundation.

“Thanks to the very hard work of Robin Sears,” added Orland Clerk Treasurer April Sanders during Monday night’s Orland Town Council meeting in the Orland Community Building. Sears is one of the three members of the town council.

Work on a new dark gray roof at an old railroad depot is expected to start Thursday. Dan Hershberger Construction of Bronson, Michigan, will do the work for $7,000. Along with the grant, Orland Area Chamber of Commerce has pledged up to $2,000 for the project and the town has set aside $1,600.

Orland operates on a small budget. Prior to the regular town council meeting, a public hearing was held on a proposed 2019 budget of $403,497. The council may vote to adopt the budget at its next meeting on Monday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m.

The council will also likely discuss either re-establishing a planning commission or turning over zoning issues to the Steuben County Plan Commission.

While the county has more resources and expertise, and an Orland Plan Commission would meet infrequently, Council President Connie Boocher said there have been issues in the past that the county did not enforce that required a local plan commission to remedy.

If Orland decides to turn its zoning control over the county, it must enact an updated town plan and ordinances.

The Steuben County Plan Commission will provide a 40-yard roll-off container Monday for large trash not generally accepted by residential garbage services. The container will be free to the town and put in the town hall parking lot.

Furniture and appliances not containing freon, construction waste and other large items not containing chemicals can be dropped off during the day on Monday. Paint or paint cans, tires, electronics and hazardous waste will not be accepted. Sanders said she would make a list available of “dos” and “don’ts” for the cleanup day.

Boocher said it was a “bonus before fall.”

Along with Town Marshal Kenny Steele, the town has hired a new part-time street, water and parks department employee, Jamie Sutton. Sutton served as a reserve marshal for several years and started his position with the town about a month ago.

“Jamie’s very ambitious,” said Sanders.

The council proclaimed Nov. 11 Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in Orland. The Orland Congregational Church will host a special program on Nov. 11 to recognize law enforcement personnel in Steuben and LaGrange counties.

“We know that their job is often very difficult and subject to much unfair criticism,” said Pastor Mark Emelander in a letter to council members.

Special guest for the service will be Trooper Matthew Gillmore, West Virginia State Police Chaplain.