FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sugar Grove awarded grant for historical records preservation program
Local and state officials stress the need for funding for preserving and archiving historic records
July 3, 2019
SUGAR GROVE, OH – the Village of Sugar Grove received an Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) grant in the amount of $2,538.00 for organizing and preserving local records spanning 70 years. The project “Preserving Sugar Grove’s Legacy” aims to digitize records as early as 1870 through 1940 and store the records using high quality archival preservation supplies. The Village Council also committed funding for a village archivist to work part-time to support this project and the Village’s records commission.
State Senator Tim Schaffer, representing District 20, urged the OHRAB to support Sugar Grove’s project. “Grant funding would help retain a plethora of invaluable historical records. Genealogists, educational institutions and its pupils, elected officials, and the public at large routinely use these records,” said Schaffer in his letter of support. Jeremy VanMeter, Village Clerk and Chief Fiscal Officer, stated that the project would make historic documents immediately accessible to the public, as the Village plans to publish them on its website.
The Village has a project timeline of six months to archive the records in accordance with the grant guidelines. VanMeter stated that he hopes the Village will be able to secure ongoing funding in sustaining the preservation of Village records. “Oftentimes records preservation is the last item to be considered in a small village’s budget, but Sugar Grove officials take pride in the community and understand the importance of preserving its story. This is evidenced by the strong support of the Mayor and Council in hiring an archivist and reorganizing the records commission,” VanMeter said.
For more information about the Village’s project and to see historical records as they become accessible online, please visit www.sugar-grove.com.
Please be advised that the following public meetings have been scheduled:
- Finance Committee (6:00pm), Monday, March 2, 2020
- Regular Board of Public Affairs (6:00pm) and Village Council (7:00pm), Monday, March 9, 2020 (regular meetings will be held the second Monday of each month in 2020).
**All meetings are open to the public and held at Village Hall, 101 Bridge Street, Sugar Grove, Ohio.
Important information regarding the new contract will be posted as soon as the final details are settled.
Residents are advised that effective July 1, 2019, Old Mill Sons will no longer be the Village's trash contractor. Details have not yet been released by Old Mill Sons as to the collection of their bins.
Effective July 1, 2019, the Village has authorized a tentative agreement with Waste-Away Systems (Heath, Ohio), as the Village's new trash contractor. Please see the FAQ/Information sheet regarding the new terms for the contract.
***Please continue to check the website for further updates***
Village water customers may now sign up for paperless billing, view account information, and pay bill online by registering here https://www.utilitybillingsystem.net/. Please note that you will need your name, valid e-mail address, and 6-digit account number that will appear on your January bill. It will look like "10xxxx."
If you are new to the Village or planning on renting your home, please complete the Application for Utilities Services and return to the Village office. Also, please review the general schedule for water meter readings, our current rates schedule, and the most recent Annual Drinking Water Report. These documents are located here.
FY2020 Tax Budget Hearing
The Village of Sugar Grove Council will hold a public hearing on the FY2020 Tax Budget during the regular Council meeting to be held on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 7:00pm at Village Hall, 101 Bridge Street, Sugar Grove. Public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
FY2018 Annual Financial Report
The 2018 Village of Sugar Grove Annual Financial Report has been completed and can be accessed by clicking this link.
Incorporated in 1851, the Village was established along a canal route for transporting goods as part of Ohio's early canal system. The Village sits at the Rushcreek and Hocking River convergence. Major transportation systems include rail and State Route 33. Our Village is the gateway to the Hocking Hills region, linking southeast Ohio to the Greater Columbus metropolitan corridor. Within just a few miles from the Village are tourist attractions such as Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Clearcreek Metro Park, and Hide-a-way Hills.
Berne Union Local Schools is a key element to the Sugar Grove and greater Berne Township community. Each year, the Music Boosters and volunteers put on the "Sugar Grove Stars & Stripes" (annual Independence Day celebration). In the summer and fall, it is common to hear the Berne Union Golden Rockets Marching Band performing along Main Street. In late spring, the Village's Main Street is also decorated by the High School Senior Class with the annual community-supported toilet-papering.
Sugar Grove is also home to Veterans' Community Park, which offers a shelter house for rental of family reunions and other celebrations in the summer, as well as two baseball fields. The Village also maintains the historic Sugar Grove Cemetery located on Buckeye Road, just outside the corporation limits.
The Village is home to a local barber shop, a bar & grill, family-owned grocery store, three churches, U.S. Post Office, Columbia Gas offices, and several small businesses.
Get Involved in Operation Helping Hand...
Would you like to give back to the Sugar Grove Community? In partnership with Berne Union Local Schools and area civic groups, the Village has a corps of volunteers that help clean streets, paint buildings, rake leaves, and beautify the town. To get involved, click the Call to Action button to contact us!