NB Village Council (Committee of the Whole) Meets

Village Administrator Allyson Murray reported the contract for Phase 2 of the waterline project-from Broadway to Walnut Street, will be awarded at the next Council meeting………..

by Sue Miklovic

After a quick visit to the near-by North Baltimore Area Historical Center to be educated on proper archiving procedures, the Village Council spent much of their Council of the Whole meeting last Tuesday discussing details of several possible big expenditures.

First up though was a discussion of EMS billing rates, as NB’s are not in line with area communities. Finance Officer Chris Kirk shared info on various types of billed services, as provided from Great Lakes Billing, who is recommending the rates be increased. One of the biggest problem areas appears to be clients who receive treatment, but are not transported anywhere. No dates to make the changes were set.

Other topics of interest at the meeting included:

*EMS Chief Phil Walters is requesting a Lucas Device which is an automated CPR device. It can assist the squad by automatically performing compressions on patients. “It is a workhorse” Walters said. The cost is $16,349, which is available in the EMS budget.

*Tom Bork of Poggemeyer Design Group gave a presentation on Water Tower replacement options. The project, which would provide a second usable tower for the village has a projected cost of approximately $2 Million. Final decision on the type of tower selected will be made by Water Superintendent Brian Roberts, who said he prefers it to be identical to the existing tower. It will cost the village $100,000ish for the design phase of the project.

Village Administrator Allyson Murray reported the contract for Phase 2 of the waterline project-from Broadway to Walnut Street, will be awarded at the next Council meeting, to Underground Utilities, Inc. of Monroeville. They were the lowest bidders of the four received, at $160, 948.

Murray also reported on meeting with ODOT, where they set dates for construction of Downtown Revitalization project, and Safe Routes to Schools projects. ODOT grant money is providing large portions of the funding for both projects. Hopefully, construction of the Downtown Revitalization can begin in the early Summer of 2019, while the Safe Routes to Schools project will be targeted for late Summer 2019.

Water and Sewer Superintendent Brian Roberts also recommended the purchase of a new backhoe, a New Holland, from Streaker Sales, for $91,907 minus trade-in. Even if ordered soon, it won’t arrive until March/April.

Doug Wickard, Superintendent of the Street Department,  is requesting the purchase of a street sweeper($276,935).Purchasing in 5 annual payments ($58,000plus) vs. Lease-to-Own were discussed.

Votes for these items will take place at next week’s Council Meeting.

Ms. Murray also shared that several local inquiries have come into the village offices, as to what is being constructed on Route 18, near Hancock-Wood Electric. “There will be a ground breaking within the next month, but it is not the village’s place to announce what is going in” she said.

Councilman Rick Van Mooy and Mayor Goldner commented on the Tree Commission’s plan to offer to partner with village residents in tree planting. “We want to offer trees at reduced cost to village residents who want additional trees planted. They would be provided and planted by our vendor.”

 

 

 

Village Finance Officer’s Report

for August 2017………

  • Income tax collections 2017 vs. 2016 as of 09/01/2017:

 

Month         Ems           Village         2017           2016          2017 Over/Under

Jan              17,832        65,108        82,940        74,666                  8,274

Feb             15,193        55,471        70,664        54,678                  24,260

Mar             11,760        42,938        54,699        48,200                  30,759

Apr              19,273        70,370        89,644        69,689                  50,714

May             30,530      111,470      142,000        80,508                112,206

June            19,652        71,752        91,404        80,098                123,512

July             13,765        50,257        64,021        96,541                  90,992

August        13,282        48,496        61,778        70,736                  82,03
TOTAL     141,287      515,862      657,150       575,116

 

  • The Bill List from 07/29/2017 – 09/01/2017 is included for council review and approval.

 

  • Collections to note:

 

  1. Henry Twp – Second Half Fire Payment:       $17,211.51
  2. Henry Twp – Second Half EMS Payment:       $21,250.00
  3. Workers Comp – 2015 premium rebate:       $10,746.92

 

  • 2018 budget request worksheets have been distributed to department heads. I will begin building the 2018 budget in the coming weeks. The 2018 budget will get its first reading at the 11/7/2017 council meeting.

 

  • EMS rates: After speaking with Great Lakes Billing, it has been recommended that the Village increase the EMS rates in relation to surrounding rates in the area. I am requesting this issue be put on the 9/12/2017 COTW agenda for further discussion.

 

 

THIRD READINGS

 

  • Appropriation Ordinance: Adding $2,700.00 to the General Fund Budget. The village received a $2,700.00 donation in 2016 to be used towards the former high school marker plaque.  This project is set to get underway in 2017 and therefore an appropriation is required.  The ordinance is in the same amount as the donation.

 

  • Appropriation Ordinance: Adding $3,721.04 and $1,500.00 to the EMS and Fire budgets respectively. The departments shared the cost of a new AED and received grant proceeds to cover the cost.  The EMS and Fire chief have requested these funds be put back in their budgets.  The appropriation is in the same amount as the grants.

 

  • Ordinance: Ordinance approving the increase in investment funds managed by Meeder Investment Management

 

  • Assessment Ordinance: Establishing the assessment amount of $18,000.00 for the planting and removal of trees in the Village of North Baltimore in 2018. This amount has not changed from prior years.

 

  • Assessment Ordinance: Establishing the assessment amount of $64,000.00 for the cost of cleaning the streets in the Village of North Baltimore in 2018. This amount has not changed from prior years.

 

  • Assessment Ordinance: Establishing the assessment amount of $52,000.00 for the cost of lighting the streets, alleys and ways in the Village of North Baltimore in 2018. This amount has not changed from prior years.

 

  • Assessment Ordinance: Assessing delinquent utility bills to respective property taxes. A list of the associated properties have been placed in each of your boxes.  This was updated for its third reading.

 

  • Assessment Ordinance: Assessing mowing fees to various property taxes. This is in relation to weed notices that have been disbursed, but were eventually taken care of by the village.  A list of these properties have been placed in each of your boxes.  The reason for the emergency is because these assessments need to be sent to the county auditor by the second Monday in September