Sandra M. Mills, 76

passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018….

Sandra M. Mills, 76, of North Baltimore, passed away at 9:44 a.m.,
Saturday, June 9, 2018, at the Briar Hill Health Campus, North Baltimore.
She was born on June 1, 1942, in Bowling Green to the late Herman and
Flossie (Watters) Chamberlain.

Sandy is survived by her sons: Bret Mills and Greg (Stephanie) Mills, both
of North Baltimore; her daughter, Crystal (Michael) Huff of North
Baltimore; her sister, Nancy (Marvin) Michaelis of Napoleon; her
grandchildren: Brandon and Madison Mills; her step-grandchildren:
Jennifer, Robyn and Kelly; her step-grandchildren: Josh, Zach, Maddy,
Caleigh, Lyla and Lennon.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Cory Mills, her brother,
Richard D. Chamberlain; and her sister, Betty Jane Wells.

Sandy retired after 29 years as a School Bus Driver for North Baltimore.
She was a member of the North Baltimore Church of Christ, Fraternal Order
of Eagles #2633 and the North Baltimore American Legion Post 539
Auxiliary.  Sandy enjoyed playing cards and board games with her family.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at
SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore, with Pastor Bill Cook
officiating.  Burial will be in New Maplewood Cemetery, North Baltimore.

Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday at

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be expressed at

Village Admins Report – June 5, 2018

Allyson Murray, Village Administrator – Village Administrator Report – Date:   June 5, 2018

Allyson Murray, Village Administrator – Village Administrator Report – Date:   June 5, 2018

  1. Meeting Review
  • Apr 30 –  North Baltimore Planning Commission Meeting @ 5:30pm Village Hall
  • May 14 –  North Baltimore Tree Commission Meeting at Village Hall 3:45pm
  • May 15 –  North Baltimore Village Council Meeting at Village Hall at 5:30pm
  • May 16 –  Public Works Exam Testing at OSU Lima at 10:00am
  • May 16 –  of Public Works Committee Meeting at 5:30pm Village Hall
  • May 17 –  Wood County Economic Development Luncheon @ Am. Legion Noon
  • May 18 –  ODOT Meeting on Outpost 9:00am-Noon at Findlay ODOT Garage
  • May 28 –  North Baltimore Memorial Day Parade 9:00am 
  1. Upcoming Meetings: 
  • May 31 –  Second Interviews for Village Finance Officer
  • June 4  –  Meeting with Poggemeyer and County @ 11:30am in BG
  • June 4  –  Meeting with Henry Township on Road Request 3:30pm
  • June 5  –  Wood County Safety Council Meeting @ 7:30am Wood Co. Hospital
  • June 5  –  Wood County Planning Commission Hearing on CDBG @ 4:00pm
  • June 5  –  Public Hearing on CSP Zoning Change Request 5:00pm @ Village Hall
  • June 5  –  Village of North Baltimore Council Meeting @ 5:30pm at Village Hall
  • June 7  –  EPA Water Finance Forum 8:00am-4:30pm @ Findlay Conference Center
  • June 12 –  Village of North Baltimore COTW Meeting at 5:30pm @ Village Hall
  1. Neighborhood Revitalization Grant– The Village applied for a $500,000 grant for Neighborhood Revitalization through the Ohio Department of Development and with the assistance of the Wood County Commissioners. We should hear if we receive the grant in the early fall (September) so we are keeping our fingers crossed.  We wish to thank all the citizens that took the time to complete a survey and return it or who took the time to attend a public meeting.  If we are lucky enough to be awarded the grant it will be used towards;  paving, beautifying and upgrading the parking lot south of Subway to create a “green” gathering space in downtown, paving East Walnut Street, upgrading # 1 Shelter House, adding Handicapped accessible parking spots outside each Shelter House and creating a new paved parking area at Village Park. 
  1. AEP Request for Easement– Ohio Power, a unit of American Electric Power has approached the village requesting an easement through village owned property located north of the railroad tracks and east of Poe Road. The council had me counter AEP’s offer after a brief discussion at the council meeting on Tuesday May 1, 2018.  I have spoken with CCR, the company representing AEP in this request for an easement and they have agreed to a price.  Included in the council packet is information on this requested easement.  Ordinance # 2018-17 will appear on the agenda at the council meeting on June 5, 2018.  This ordinance will appear as an emergency due to the fact that we only have 1 council meeting per month in the summer. 
  1. Financial Officer Posting –We received 16 resumes for consideration for the finance officer position with the village. We selected 6 applicants to interview and 5 of these accepted and were interviewed on May 21.  We narrowed down to 3 candidates based on initial interviews, and reference checks and interviewed 2 candidates on May 31.  We had many good candidates to choose from and truly we believe several could come in and do a very good job for the village.  In an executive session at the council meeting on June 5, 2018 we will present the candidate we feel is the best fit for the village.
  1. CSP Request for Zoning Change – Continental Structural Plastics has filed a “request for change of zoning application” with the village. Due to some oversight at some date many decades ago the northern most portion of the CSP property is zoned R-2 Medium Density Residential and the rest of the property is zoned M-2 General Industrial.  Obviously it makes sense that the entire property should be zoned M-2 General Industrial.  

Ordinance 2018-11 is on the council agenda for a final reading.  The public meeting for the CSP zoning change is scheduled for Tuesday June 5, 2018 at 5:00pm.  The council will have the opportunity at this meeting to hear any issues the public may bring forth with regard to changing the zoning at the CSP property.  Immediately following the public hearing the council will meet in the regularly scheduled council meeting and can have the third reading on Ordinance # 2018-11 to change the zoning to M-2 General Industrial.

** As part of the CDBG application I am required to attend and speak at the CDBG Hearing scheduled for Tuesday June 5, 2018 at 4:30pm so I will be unable to attend the public hearing on this zoning request.  Mayor Goldner and Councilmember Zeigler (Community Development Chairperson) will conduct this public hearing so please contact me with any questions on this issue prior to Tuesday June 5, 2018.

  1. Henry Township Paving Request – In June of 2017 Henry Township approached the village wishing to pave Quarry Road and asking that the village work with them to get this accomplished since half of Quarry Road is within the village limits. No action was taken on this issue since Henry Township was unable to get bidders on the project within the estimates they anticipated at that time.

Henry Township has requested the village work with them to pave Quarry Road and Mitchell Road this year.  The estimates on the costs associated with were presented to council on May 1, 2018.  More discussion will take place on this subject at the June COTW meeting on June 12, 2018.

  1. Wood County Park GrantEach year the Wood County Park District awards several Wood County communities with grant funds to be utilized for community park improvements. This grant is usually due in early August. Since we are moving to our summer council schedule and will only be having one meeting per month I introduced an ordinance at the May 15, 2018 council meeting to put in for the Wood County Park Grant.  In order to build upon our on-going improvements in Village Park I would like to submit an application for new basketball poles, hoops and backboards.  Ordinance # 2018-15 will have its second reading to apply for this grant.
  1. Council Meeting Time Change – In January of 2018 the council agreed to a six month trial of holding Village Council Meetings at 5:30pm. It has been successful and if council desires to continue meeting at 5:30pm we will need to permanently change the time.  Ordinance # 2018-16 is on the agenda for a second reading at the meeting June 5, 2018 to permanently change the council meeting time to 5:30pm. 
  1. New Hire Request in Dispatch – Chief Baer will be losing 2 of his current dispatchers to other employers and needs to hire another part timer to ensure he can keep his dispatchers less than 30 hours per week. He has recommended Nicholas S. Shinabery for hire as a part-time dispatcher.  Shinabery is currently a student at BGSU and an intern at the NBPD.  Included in the council packet is a letter from Chief Baer as well as Form F-19a.  I will need motion to hire Nicholas S. Shinabery.  

Proposed Motion- To extend an offer of employment to Mr. Nicholas S. Shinabery as Part-Time Dispatcher beginning July 25, 2018 at a rate of $9.75 per hour. 

  1. Clear Wells and Tower Inspection – Included in the council packet is a request by Water & Sewer Superintendent Brian Roberts to spend $3200 on inspection for the (2) Clear Wells and the Grant Road Water Tower. During an inspection by the Ohio EPA in April it was discovered the village was due to have this inspection completed.  Roberts contacted 3 companies to request estimates for these inspections and the lowest was from Suez Utility Service for $3200.  Monies for this inspection would come from Fund 511 Water Utility Operating Fund in line item 511.560.5374 Professional Services.  All estimates, as well as an informational memo from Mr. Roberts, are included in the council packet.

    Proposed Motion To authorize Water & Sewer Superintendent Brian Roberts to enter into an agreement with Suez Utility Service to complete inspections on (2) Clear Wells and the Grant Road Water Tower for $3200. 

  1. Hose & Ladder Inspection Contract – Chief Francisco has requested to enter into a (3) year contract with Fire Catt to complete the required hose and ladder inspections. This contract would allow Fire Catt to complete all required testing for the NBFD hose and ground ladders for the next 3 years for roughly $2600.  A copy of the proposal is included in the council packet.  Chief Francisco is happy to answer any questions council may have related to this contract.  Please contact Chief Francisco prior to the council meeting on June 5, 2018 so that we can vote to approve this contract. 

    Proposed Motion To authorize Chief Francisco to enter into a three year contract with Fire Catt to complete the necessary hose and ground ladder testing.

  1. Addition to Ordinance #01-47 Council Rules – The Personnel, Policy & Ordinance Review Committee met on Tuesday May 22, 2018 at 5:30pm to discuss additions to Ordinance # 01-47 Council Rules. The following amendments were discussed and shall be added to the current Council Rules:

            -Meetings with village employees shall be pre-scheduled with the Administrator

-All visitors to the village office shall check-in at the counter and wait in the lobby

-Keep visits under 30 minutes allowing employees to complete their required work

-Acknowledgment that professionalism and respect are key components & requirements to an effective and safe work environment.  All parties present shall conform to those expectations.

Proposed Motion To add the additions listed above to the Council Rules and amend – Ordinance #01-47 adopting the Council Rules to reflect these new additions.

  1. Open Positions on NB Fire Dept. – Chief Francisco has notified us that they have 4 positions open at this time for volunteer firefighters. He and his officer staff are in the process of evaluating applications and conducting interviews.  He will need council to approve the hiring of the new firefighters once they have been chosen and that will require a special meeting of council so the new firefighters can get enrolled in fire school which begins the end of June.
  1. High Grass & Weeds – I would like the Personnel, Policy & Ordinance Review Committee to take a look at our High Grass & Weeds Ordinance. I believe our current system allows too much time to pass before it allows the village to mow the offensive property.  A signed receipt from certified mail is needed now before the village can mow and each certified mailing we do is just over $6 each.  Property owners who wish to “duck” the responsibility can just avoid signing the certified mailing receipt which causes more time to pass before the village can mow the property and add it to the tax bill for that property.   I have asked our legal counsel to address some of the questions I have concerning a more effective way of addressing this issue. 
  1. ODOT Outpost – Public Utilities Superintendent Brian Roberts, Public Works Superintendent Doug Wickard and I met with ODOT and the other entities involved in the ODOT Outpost Construction on Friday May 18, 2018. At this time it looks as if there will be only a few employees stationed at this site.  The main focus at the outpost will be the brine operation in the winter months.  Both Superintendents approved the proposed water & sewer line locations and will be on site when they tap into the North Baltimore system.  The project has an estimated 180 day timeline from May 11 and is being completed by Alvada Construction.  We will be discussing this issue more at the COTW meeting on June 12, 2018. 
  1. Ohio Burning Regulations – there have been updates to the regulations concerning open burning in Ohio. Included in the council packet is a brochure to help explain what the current regulations are.
  1. Security Cameras – Chief Baer was asked to research security cameras for village park and his research is included in the council packet. This issue will be discussed further at the COTW meeting on June 12, 2018.

Tips for Safe Summer Travel with Pets

Long drives often require frequent stops, but don’t forget that your pets need pit stops, too…..

(Family Features) With warmer weather, people often spend more time on summer trips with family. These trips can be more enjoyable when your four-legged friends tag along, but it can be less of a vacation if your pets are uncomfortable on the road.

“Taking pets out of their homes can induce stress on both the pets and the owners, so it’s important to keep them comfortable and safe while traveling,” said Jessa Paschke, behavior and training specialist at Mars Petcare. “Surrounding them with some of their favorite things from home can help reduce any anxiety and keep your pet happy anywhere you go.”

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Keep these tips in mind when taking your pet on a summer road trip:

  • See your vet before you go. Be sure to visit your veterinarian prior to taking off. Especially when traveling with an older pet, your vet can do a quick check-up to help identify any potential issues that could arise while traveling. If you’re crossing state lines, you also may need to get a health certificate for your pet.
  • Find pet-friendly stops along the route. Long drives often require frequent stops, but don’t forget that your pets need pit stops, too. Find a rest stop that has a grassy area for them to expel some energy and take care of their business. Be sure to keep your pets on leashes to keep them from roaming freely in unfamiliar places. If you’re stopping overnight, don’t forget to call ahead to make sure your accommodations are pet friendly.
  • Keep your pet comfortable. Bring a few of your pet’s favorite things along for the ride to surround them with familiar smells. Whether it’s your dog’s bed and rope toy or your cat’s crunchy TEMPTATIONS™ Treats, packing a few favorites can easily make anywhere feel like home. If it’s your pet’s first road trip, try some pre-travel road trip training by taking him on more frequent car rides. It’ll help him become acclimated to riding along so he’ll be more comfortable for the longer trip.
  • Check your pet’s ID. Before embarking on a trip, make sure your pet’s nametag is secured to their collar and the information is up-to-date. Also be sure your pet is microchipped. In the event your furry friend gets lost, it’s one of the best ways to locate him or her. You can take safety one step further by adding a GPS tracker to the collar, like the WHISTLE™ Pet Tracker. This handy device can alert your phone if your pet strays too far.
  • Avoid Bad Breath. When the family is crammed into a car, pet breath can put a damper on your drive. Oral health products such as GREENIES™ Dental Treats for dogs and cats and PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX™ Treats for dogs promote fresh breath and clean teeth. With a clean mouth and fresh breath, your family can get “road trip close” with your pet and share endless hugs and kisses on the road this summer.

“Pets are involved in all aspects of our lives, including vacations,” Paschke said. “Help your fur-family stay healthy, happy and comfortable when traveling by keeping these simple tips in mind before your next road trip.”

For more information on ways to treat your pets this summer, visit and for your pups and for your feline friends.



Dads Want Steak

Give your dad the best for Father’s Day……

(Family Features) Dads typically love steak, so this Father’s Day, go ahead and shower him with some love straight off the grill. You can make the day even more memorable by sharing the grilling experience together.

In fact, it may be the perfect chance to teach your old man a thing or two with these tips from Omaha Steaks Executive Chef Grant Hon.

Choose Your Protein
Selecting quality protein is the starting place for an exceptional grilled meal. For example, the ribeye is the most well-marbled steak, meaning it’s super juicy, rich with beefy flavor and excellent on the grill.

Prepare the Grill
Always start with clean grill grates. Heat your gas grill to high or start your charcoal 10-15 minutes before you grill. Dip a paper towel in oil using tongs and oil your grill grates before adding steaks for a great sear.

Prepare the Meat
Pat steaks dry with a clean paper towel and season them before they hit the grill. You can’t go wrong with simple sea salt and cracked pepper, but creative recipes like this Dukkah Rub can add a special twist.

Sear and Crust
Cook steaks directly over your heat source to get a tasty, crunchy sear on the outside of the steak. This is where the best flavor comes from, and it offers a delicious contrast to the rich, juicy inside of the cut.

Control Your Cook
Keep the grill cover closed as much as possible to maintain a temperature of around 450 F. This helps lock in flavor and prevent flare-ups. Remember the marbling on a ribeye means more fat, which melts during cooking. This is a good thing, but you may experience more dripping or flare-ups if you’re used to grilling leaner steaks.

To minimize the need to open the grill cover, determine the amount of time you’ll need to reach your desired doneness then use the 60-40 grilling method. Grill 60 percent on the first side then 40 percent after you turn the steak over for an even cook.

Let it Rest

A resting time of at least 5 minutes allows steak juices to redistribute for the best eating experience. A foil tent can help regulate temperature during the resting period.

Garnish and Flavor
Whether you’re grilling vegetables, sauteing onions or adding a dif­ferent kind of sweet or savory topping, just before you serve is the right time to garnish your steak.

Tasty Toppers
Once you pull a juicy steak away from the flame, there’s only one way to make it better: toppings that create a true taste explosion. When they’re prepared with fresh, premium ingredients, your friends and family may not be able to get enough of these sweet and savory additions. Simply mix them up while your meat is on the grill, or skip a step and rely on Omaha Steaks Toppers to capture the same delicious flavors without the prep work.

Crispy Onions and Jalapenos: Savor a one-two punch of crispy onions combined with spicy jalapenos for some crunch with a kick.

Dijon Mustard Aioli: Blend Dijon and whole-grain mustard with creamy Greek yogurt, garlic, tarragon and white pepper for a rich, tangy topping.

Mushrooms and Blue Cheese: Mix hearty mushrooms and full-flavored blue cheese with your favorite savory spices and a splash of sherry wine.

Smoky Bacon Jam: Start with the finest cuts of bacon browned to crispy perfection then add caramelized onion and an accent like brown sugar or balsamic vinegar.

Sweet Bourbon Onions: Warm things up with a medley of natural honey, bourbon whiskey and sherry wine offset by zesty red onions and balsamic vinegar.

Tomato Jam: Experiment with your favorite varieties to find the perfect balance of crushed tomatoes, sweet gherkins and seasonings.

Find more expert tips for summer grilling and the perfect Father’s Day gift at

Dukkah Rub

Prep time: 5 minutes
Active time: 5 minutes
Serves: 12

  • 1/3       cup sliced almonds, roasted with no salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2          tablespoons Omaha Steaks Private Reserve Rub
  • 2          teaspoons sesame seeds
  1. On cutting board, chop almonds to rough texture and add fennel seeds, chopping until mixture is fine. Place almond and fennel mix in bowl and add rub and sesame seeds.

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