LAKEMORE Difficult decisions are a part of being a community leader any time, but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Lakemore Council members, it was not easy to make the decision to cancel its long-standing, approximately, 50-year tradition of the Lakemore Memorial Day Parade. This year, the parade will not step off on the May holiday to honor those that have protected our country.

Mayor Rich Cole announced that it was a difficult decision, but was important to everyone’s health and safety. It is not believed that it has ever been canceled before.

During the April 20 meeting, another tough decision was approving an emergency resolution stating that Lakemore will not install boat docks or encourage recreational use of Springfield Lake. The lake continues to be affected by toxins (Cyanotoxins) which makes the lake unsafe for recreational use. Both Lakemore and Springfield Township are working to solve the situation. The lake has not been opened this year due to the toxins. The village strongly suggests that people stay out of the water. If someone chooses to go into the water, it is at their own risk.

It was also announced that the village will suspend penalties on utility bills for the first quarter of 2020.

Council accepted the resignation of Anthony Molea as a part time police officer. Council also accepted the resignation of Daniel Chapman from the Lakemore Fire Department.

Other approved business included:

• Ordinances were approved to amend the policies and procedures manual to request to add a water operator to report to the foreman and a part time laborer for the Department of Public Services.

• Appropriations were amended to allow for storm sewer work in the amount of $5,460.

The next regular council meeting will be held Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m., May 4 most likely through the LoopUp program.