NB YOUTH LEAGUE 2015 PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE – Jan. 22

The North Baltimore Youth League (Summer Travel Baseball & Softball – Tee Ball thru 15U) will be holding their annual Public Meeting.

NB YOUTH LEAGUE 2015 PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE
The North Baltimore Youth League (Summer Travel Baseball & Softball – Tee Ball thru 15U) will be holding their annual Public Meeting.
on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 7:00, at the NB Public Library Community Room.
2015 Officers will be elected, with two openings for this year.
If you are interested in helping run the league, please attend this meeting.
We will also be discussing the upcoming season and any suggestions you may have.  Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to attend – parents, coaches, etc.

North Baltimore STATE OF THE VILLAGE – 2014

Village of North Baltimore Mayor C. Michael Julien read his State of the Village 2014 address to the Village Council at the meeting January 21, 2015.

NORTH BALTIMORE STATE OF THE VILLAGE – 2014 – by Mayor C. Michael Julien

The year kicked off with a record amount of snowfall accumulation during the first several months.  This contributed to some delays in the completion of the final phase of the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project resulting in the essential and final completion dates being extended until autumn.  In late January, the Village Fire Department accepted delivery of the new Rosenbaum Fire Pumper truck which brings the vehicle assets for the department back to the desired level.  The only vehicle being identified as needing replaced in the department inventory in the near future is the 1989 Grass Truck.

Throughout the spring and summer months, the Emergency Medical Squad worked to realign the services provided to the community.  This resulted in a new EMS Chief, Mr. Will Matthes, being named and the hiring of a paid part time staff of paramedics and EMT’s to meet the increasing number of calls for service and also provide for response during those hours that were previously resulting in missed calls or delayed response times.  These changes resulted in a notable improvement in target objectives for those areas. Our radio communications systems were upgraded once more and the EMS now shares the Fire Department frequency allowing for a more rapid dispatch of EMT’s by the 911 County Offices.

In late June, the Village evaluated and chose to purchase a reverse 911 and electronic notification system for the village.  While the implementation has taken several months to compile the needed databases, the new system will offer a variety of alerting messages to smart phones and land line telephones.  The Village also negotiated to include all residents of Henry Township to be able to utilize these services.  Training of various administrators of the system and the general public is planned for early 2015 with full implementation occurring shortly thereafter.

Also in June, the community welcomed Mr. Ryan Delaney as the newly hired Superintendent of the North Baltimore Local Schools as Mrs. Marlene North retired after having served many years as the Principal of the E.A. Powell Elementary School and as District Superintendent for the past several years.

Village Council determined that the sewer rates were inadequate in meeting the increased costs of the sewer separation project and adjusted those rates in late spring of 2014 to meet the fiduciary requirements of debt repayment associated with the Combined Sewer Overflow separation project.  This increase caused some concern for village residents who openly expressed their concerns to Village Council over the summer months.

In July, our Village Administrator (Kathy Healy) chose to retire after serving the Village for more than seven years.  Mrs. Donna Dettling was selected from a number of highly qualified candidates to fill Kathy’s position and offers our community her very successful record of municipal administrative service.

A financial processing concern was identified in September and the Village Administrator and Finance Officer immediately contacted the State Auditor’s Office for clarification and advisement on the issue.  Subsequently, the State Auditor’s representatives conducted a review of records and found that deposit practices were inappropriate leading to an investigation being initiated.  It is anticipated that the results of the investigation will be concluded sometime in early 2015.

In October Officer Robert Fitzgerald requested and received approval to seek funds to obtain a canine asset for the Police Department.  The dog will be trained to assist in drug detection efforts as well as being a tracking animal that can be utilized to locate missing people as needed.  The expectations of Council are that the K-9 asset will result in a zero start-up cost to the village.

The annual Trick-or-Treat event and the Halloween parade again were very well attended as the community enjoyed the pleasant weather in late October.  Also in October we attained “Final Completion” of CSO project with sections of the Storm sewers on East Broadway and Walnut Streets being slip-lined allowing the old sewer system to be fully functional as storm sewers.  This resulted in full compliance with the mandate established by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency as defined for North Baltimore back in 2002.  It is noteworthy that we attained this mandate three years ahead of schedule.

With the completion of the new sanitary sewer system, the reduced flows entering the wastewater treatment plant now necessitates a review and probable modification to the head-works of that plant.  In November, Village Council authorized a study to determine possible remedies and long term plans to address this concern. In addition, the lift station serving the Quadlands properties have deteriorated with age and are in need of replacement.  Fortunately, there were remaining funds from the sewer separation project that will negate the need for any adjustments to the sewer rates in addressing these needs.  While we continue to assess the condition of our water distribution system, we do not plan any significant projects associated with that effort during 2015.

Village Council plans to continue resurfacing specifically identified streets of the community now that there has been ample time for settling of those areas affected by the sewer line installations.  It is expected that a list of the streets planned for resurfacing over the next several years will be published on the Village Website before the paving season starts in 2015.

In the final months of 2014, the community rallied to raise the needed funds to ensure that the historic Virginia Theatre would remain operable.  Thanks to efforts of a grass roots committee headed by Dr. Ralph Wolfe, more than $60,000.00 dollars were raised to provide the new digital equipment needed.  Village Council expresses many thanks to our current and former citizens who contributed to this cause in preserving one of the icons of the community.

Planning will continue to be key in preparing for the future of North Baltimore.  All proposed projects will be publicized via the Village web site and we strongly encourage our citizens to review the Comprehensive Master Plan and address any suggestions or concerns to the Village Administrator and Council.

Respectfully submitted

Michael Julien – Village Mayor

NB Jr High Girls Basketball Results – 1/20/2015

NB Jr High Girls Basketball Results – 1/20/2015

from Suzanne Bucher

North Baltimore @ Cory-Rawson

NB Jr High Girls Basketball Results – 1/20/2015

from Suzanne Bucher

North Baltimore @ Cory-Rawson

8th Grade Girls – 9-0 Overall, 8-0 BVC

NB – 46
Cory-Rawson – 10

Scoring for NB:

Alivia Light – 19

Hailey Watson – 10

Allison Kepling – 9

Kiley Brooker – 4

Jasmine McNett – 2

Jordan Bucher – 2

7th Grade Girls – 5-2 Overall, 5-1 BVC

NB – 26
Cory-Rawson – 15

Scoring for NB:

Simone Thompson – 11

Chloe Hopple – 5

Jordan Baker – 4

Sydnee Smith – 4

Allie McPherson – 2

Upcoming Girls Jr High Games:

Mon 1/26/15 @ Van Buren

Mon 2/2/15 Home vs Liberty Benton

Special Council Meeting Minutes – Jan. 13

VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE

SPECIAL

COUNCIL MEETING

JANUARY 13, 2014

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MINUTES

  1. Pledge of Allegiance 

Mayor Julien called the meeting to order at 7:18 PM and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

  1. Roll Call: 

Mayor Julien-Here, Janet Goldner–Here, Aaron Patterson-Here, Leslee Thompson-Here, Bill Cameron-Here, Art Patterson-Here, Rich Rose—Here,  Clerk Richard Van Mooy-Here.

  • New Business/Legislation 

                  Ms Goldner made a motion to authorize the Village Administrator to advertise for two water department employees due to resignations.  Second by Mr. Cameron.

Before the vote Aaron Patterson asked if we should be advertising for three  employees in order to better cover our bases in the future.  Two strategic retirements are anticipated within the few years and the amount of training that is needed to  prepare a person for the licensing is time consuming.

Ms Thompson suggested that we advertise for a Class I employee.  Ms Dettling  assured council that the ad would be written in such a way to attract the most  candidates including those with licenses.

  1. Old Business

                   None

  1.                   Adjournment 

       Mr. Cameron made a motion to adjourn at  7:29 PM.  Second by

Art Patterson.  All approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

Village Administrator Report – Jan. 20

Village Administrator Report – Donna Dettling – January 20, 2015

Village Administrator Report – Donna Dettling –  January 20, 2015

  1. Meeting Review
  • January 8th – Stephanie Miller re: Tree Plan
  • January 12th – Tree Commission Meeting
  • January 13th – COTW Meeting
  • January 14th – Raymond James re: Investment Review
  • January 15th – First Empire re: Investment Review
  • January 15th – Public Safety Committee
  • January 15th – Special Council Meeting
  • January 16th – CSX Visit
  • January 20th – NWWSD meeting re: Sewer Capacity
  • January 20th – SJS Investment meeting re: Review Investment
  1. Upcoming Meetings
  • January 21st TMACOG General Assembly
  • January 22nd – Board of Zoning Appeals-Variance Hearing
  • January 27th – Planning Commission Monthly Meeting
  • January 29th –Annual Mayor’s Meeting in Pemberville
  • February 12th –  Grade Separation & Transportation Planning Stakeholders Meeting 
  1. Railroad Overpass Stakeholder Meeting. We had to adjust the date for the Transportation Stakeholders meeting to accommodate the Wood County Mayor’s Association Annual Meeting.  TMACOG will be able to work with us on an alternate date of Thursday, February 12th.  Hopefully this will work for Council, please adjust your calendar for Thursday February 12, 2015 at 7p for the Stakeholder meeting.  A copy of the agenda for the meeting is attached.  
  1. Wood County Drainage Hearing. Aaron Patterson and I attended the Public Hearing on January 8, 2015 for the Jack Sterling Ditch Special Assessment.  The special assessment is referred to as the Jack Sterling Ditch, because Jack Sterling petitioned to create the special assessment to improve the ditch that runs along Liberty High Road.  I was able to get a list of all the properties assessed in North Baltimore.   Most are minimum assessments, which will result in a $10 assessment to cover an upcoming rehabilitation project on the drainage channel and continued maintenance.  The Hearing established a 10 year loan period on the proposed project cost of $290,000. The village received an assessment for roads and alleys that are in the watershed area linked with the Liberty High Ditch totaling 7.32 acres, which made our total assessment $547.44.   It is my plan to pay the Special Assessment all at once so we don’t get a bill each year. Attached for your review is a map of the watershed, that outlines properties included in this Drainage Special Assessment.    The village participates in four other ditch special assessments; Middle BR JT $98.46/year, M Wagner $25.68/year, 36A M Kelley $9.76/year and Rocky Ford $286.20 for a total of $420.10/year.  The Wood County Ditch maintenance special assessments are necessary to improve the movement of stormwater to reduce flooding and improve water quality for all watersheds in Wood County. This effort will protect and enhance the water that North Baltimore pulls from the Rocky Ford to fill our reservoirs and provide better flood protection for all of Wood County. 
  1. OML Legislative Luncheon.  Attached is an invitation to the 2015 OML Legislative Reception that will be held on March 18, 2015 from 6 to 7 pm.  Please let me know if anyone would like to attend the Reception. 
  1. Staff Training Update. Dan Wendt completed several rounds of training on Discriminatory Harassment and Ethics of Public Employment that were well received.   He finalized the Drug Free Workplace and Work Place Violence programs and is currently scheduling these.   Acknowledgement forms are filed in employees personnel files for each training completed.
  1. Signing Contracts Follow-upFollow-up from the COTW meeting regarding the UniFirst Contract dated March 14, 2013; the 2012 and 2013 minutes were searched and there were no entries authorizing the Administrator to enter into this contract.  Provided for Council review is a copy of the purchasing policy adopted by Ordinance 2008-14, and a copy of ORC 731.141.  Both state Council approval for purchases over $25,000 and $50,000 but don’t specifically address the procedure or authority for entering into contracts on behalf of the Village otherwise.  I’m still reviewing several other sections of the R.C. cited in 731.141.  The purchasing policy does include a violations section that sets forth the procedure for disciplinary action if employees violate the purchasing procedures. 
  1. 506 Beckett St. Dangerous Building. I’m finalizing a draft letter that will be reviewed by Chet Marcin before it’s sent to Don Barringer, the owner of 506 Beckett Street.  The procedures for declaring a public nuisance as well as the abatement process are outlined in our codified ordinance Chapter 1305 Dangerous Buildings.  The procedures outlined in chapter 1305 were adopted in 1990, Ordinance #16-90. I plan to follow-up with Mr. Barringer before the certified letter is mailed.  I also called and updated Kathy Lincoln, who emailed Council members asking that this property be cleaned up.

Do Not Worry: A devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton

Have you ever found yourself in a wave of anxiety? It can be a very scary feeling. Long term anxiety can make you very ill. I went on-line and checked out the WebMD site about worrying. If you are in a constant state of worry or anxiety it can cause serious health issues such as:

Do Not Worry: A devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV).

Have you ever found yourself in a wave of anxiety? It can be a very scary feeling. Long term anxiety can make you very ill. I went on-line and checked out the WebMD site about worrying. If you are in a constant state of worry or anxiety it can cause serious health issues such as:

  • Suppression of the immune system
  • Digestive disorders
  • Muscle tension
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Premature coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack

So you see worrying and being anxious can be a life threatening thing. I do not know about you, but I have a tendency to worry. I worry about other people too. I take on their burdens and have a tendency to worry about their problems. I worry about things that might happen in the future also, which is totally out of my control. So I did a search for the word worry in the Bible. I wanted to see what Jesus had to say on the subject. Jesus gave great advice about how to deal with worry.  “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:27 NIV). “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34 NIV). The whole section is well worth reading: Matthew 6:25-34.

As I pondered the worrying dilemma, I remembered listening to Jill Briscoe, a Christian speaker and author, speak of worry. She said that there are plenty of things to worry about, but she has dedicated a portion of her morning to praying about her worries and giving them to God. Then she did not think about it for the rest of the day. She trusted God to help her and those people she was worried about. It is a good idea, especially when you have no control in the situation. I am doing this now, and have greater peace of mind. You see, when you surrender all of your worries to the Lord, He gives you peace to fill your heart instead of anxiety. This is a promise from Jesus. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27 NIV). Peace is wonderful when you are in a panic mode because of worry and stress. All you have to do is give your worries to God and ask Him to fill you with His peace. I have felt this peace and can tell you that it is real, but you must surrender your anxieties to Him.

Dear Lord,

It is very easy to get all caught up in worrying and anxiety, some of which that are totally out of our control. We know that you do not want us to worry, so we surrender our anxiety to you. We trust you and know that you will give us strength and peace to carry on.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

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Tiger Girls beat Lima Perry

The North Baltimore High School Lady Tigers Basketball (7 – 7) team picked up a win a Lima Perry (1 – 13) the other night. NB used a 2nd quarter spurt and a 3rd quarter run to seal the “W” 48 – 35.

The North Baltimore High School Lady Tigers Basketball (7 – 7) team picked up a win a Lima Perry (1 – 13) the other night. NB used a 2nd quarter spurt and a 3rd quarter run to seal the “W” 48 – 35.

Coach Adam Burris had this to say about the game, “It definitely wasn’t the prettiest game, but it was nice to get out of there with a win. Perry was very scrappy and made it a messy game, the four seniors really stepped it up and finished the game for us!”

Lindsay Davis led NB with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Scoring for NB Raegan Fleckner, Morgan Oakley and Kiah Powell 8, Lacey Trumbull 7, Bailey Boyer 3, ___ Grilliot 2 and Emma Rister 1.

North Baltimore won the Junior Varsity game 34-17.