Mrs. Beth Freeman, the director of the New Carlisle Public Library, attended the Pike Trustee meeting last Tuesday morning to give her status on garnering support from local townships to support the New Carlisle library. Whilst waiting for the decisions of other trustees, Freeman happily received a motion by the trustees to support the library in vouching for the change in funding.

The library is funded adequately based on the structure and size of the building and the population density of New Carlisle, but this per capita basis for which the library is currently receiving state money does not account for the excessive membership of the library. Well over 12,000 members currently hold library cards in New Carlisle; many of them being residents outside of New Carlisle. Levies and other fundraisers have been determined as more of an expense than the programs would offer to pull in, putting pressure on the Library’s staff to make an appeal to surrounding townships to vouch for a necessary raise in the state funding for the New Carlisle library.

“Mare’s Tail”, a persistent issue for many local farmers, spreads quickly and dies slowly with very few pesticides that actually affect the persistent weed. There is an annual agricultural exhibition by OSU in South Charleston, where the pesticide program has begun to acknowledge the persistent issue with the plant. The Ohio State Agricultural Department currently works on cutting-edge technology geared towards ending persistent issues such as the Mare’s Tail epidemic in Clark County townships.

Local farmers, (Pike town residents), agree that if anyone finds that they have a Mare’s Tail issue on their property, then a simple treatment “Round Up” will not be any help in eliminating these weeds, and they will need to be either manually uprooted or treated with some alternative pesticide treatment such as 24D pesticide or ammonia-based solutions.

The trustees motioned for and signed a bond for the $400,000 loan the town will be submitting for the installment of a brand new fire truck. The trustees’ current financial plan is projected to be paid off within five years’ time, although it is not expected that it will take the township the full five years to pay off the debt.

The pending cost of the township’s recent search for a missing Pike resident is now approximated at $10,000. The young boy was recovered from Christiansburg, having presumably walked the distance, but unharmed all the same.

Whereas the boy was thankfully found without any physical injury or apparent issue, it highlighted an issue with the Pike emergency system in that some of the searching residents, including one of the trustees, had failed to receive a confirmation text about the boy’s discovery after they had been searching for some time. According to these residents, some continued the search for up to several hours after he had already been discovered. It was a minor issue with the search that ultimately ended on a positive note, but an issue all the same.