NB Downtown Enhancement Project (100 block of North Main)
July 15th – North Baltimore Downtown Enhancement project public information meeting at the Depot Community Hall at 6:00 p.m.
Downtown Revitalization Project (100 block of N. Main Street) –
Geddis Paving and Excavating is the contractor for this project. The project is anticipated to begin construction around August 5th. (AFTER GOST!!!)
A public information meeting at the Depot Community Hall on July 15th.
UPDATE: Ohio Public Works Commission grant (200 block of N. Main Street) – The notice to proceed with the engineering & design phase should be provided by August 1st. Construction is anticipated to begin during the summer of 2020.
Here is Mr. Brillhart’s Report presented t the July 2, 2019 meeting
TO: Mayor and Village Council
FROM: Michael Brillhart
RE: Administrative Report – Village Administrator
DATE: July 2, 2019
Maple Street SRTS (Safe Routes to School) sidewalk project – Smith Paving and Excavating has begun the construction phase. Work is anticipated to be completed before the end of August. Scope changes relating to alignment and storm-water management have been made per onsite review and discussion between engineer, village staff, and landowners.
Neighborhood Revitalization Grant (NRG) – The design and engineering phase for the six North Baltimore projects are anticipated to begin in July or August. Discussion between the selected engineering firm and the Village Council will occur when the design phase is underway.
Downtown Revitalization Project (100 block of N. Main Street) –Geddis Paving and Excavating, as the contractor for this project, is anticipated to begin the construction phase on August 5th. A public information meeting is being planned for adjacent property owners at the Depot Community Hall on July 15th.
Ohio Public Works Commission grant (200 block of N. Main Street) – The notice to proceed with the engineering & design phase should be provided by August 1st. Construction is anticipated to begin during the summer of 2020.
Dan Thornton with Civil Engineering Solutions has completed a draft analysis for the Village “Bulk Water Rate Study”. Per follow-up with staff, Mr. Thornton is finalizing wholesale bulk water rate recommendations. If applicable, a presentation and discussion on this analysis is being planned for the July 9th COTW meeting.
The Wood County Park District’s 2019 Local Government Improvement Grant Program guidelines have been prepared and provided to the Village. Park project requests can be submitted to the District for review through August 30th. Staff recommendations will be provided to Council for discussion at the July COTW meeting.
The six (6) new basketball goal systems being acquired for the Village Park through a grant from the Wood County Park District have been ordered from a vendor. Installation is anticipated during July.
The Wood County Economic Development Commission is in discussion with two specific parties regarding job creation opportunities within or near the Village corporate limits. Additional information will be forthcoming from the Commission when available.
Recent Meeting Attendance:
June 5th – Met with Peter Latta, Utility Consultant with Jones & Henry, at water treatment plant to discuss required repairs for two clarifiers
June 6th – Conducted interviews for the available Utility Operator position
June 7th – Met with Selection Committee members of the N. Baltimore CBD Enhancement project to discuss and select a vendor for Council consideration and action.
June 17th – Met with Curt Croy from Hancock Wood to discuss economic development
June 18th – Had meeting with ODOT representatives specific to the North Baltimore Enhancement and Maple Street projects
June 20th – Attended Wood County Economic Development Commission monthly lunch meeting at the American Legion Hall
June 20th –Met with Dan Thornton and Brian Roberts to discuss the wholesale bulk water rate study analysis
June 21st – Met with Ms. Linda Peck with EMHT Engineering to discuss future consulting opportunities
June 24th – Met with George Walton from Hancock Wood to discuss economic development opportunities particular to SR 18 near their corporate headquarters
June 25th – Attended North Baltimore Rotary meeting
July 9th – Wood County Safety Council meeting in Bowling Green
July 15th – N. Baltimore Downtown Enhancement project public information meeting at the Depot Community Hall at 6 p.m.
July 15th – Economic development meeting with Hancock Wood
There was plenty of Public Participation at the July meeting of the North Baltimore Village Council. Council President Matt Beegle led the meeting, as Mayor Goldner was out of town. Councilman Tim Engard was selected to serve as President Pro Tem for the evening.
The Public Participation segments included issues with flooding, due to the recent heavy rains. Village resident Sam Bretz shared how he had lived in the same home on Gillette St. for 47 years and not had this problem previously. “Thank you for whatever you can do to help the situation,” he said. DPW Superintendent Doug Wickard said, “We had to go in to the backyard, to a catch basin, and dig it out by hand, because it’s too wet to take any heavy equipment in there. The problem is it’s probably full of tree roots.”
Resident Shirley Hutchison shared for the second time in as many months, her issues with standing water continues, as her problem stems with a situation apparently caused by CSX, and their unwillingness to respond to any communications from either Ms. Hutchinson or the Village. She lives directly beside the tracks and said, “This has not been right since they added that third set of tracks” Village Administrator Michael Brillhart said he has contacted CSX through letter and email without response. Councilman Aaron Patterson suggested, “Maybe we should try to contact the FRA-Federal Rail Authority.” Brillhart shook his head in agreement.
Tall grass and weeds were the concern of three residents from the Poe Road, George Street area, who are fearful of an abundance of mosquitoes and ticks from the overgrown area. Village Clerk Kathi Bucher, who has responsibility of contacting property owners for violations to the village policy for overgrown grass, has been unable to find the correct contact information for the property owner. The owner no longer lives at the address.
Besides the weed situation, Resident Bob McCartney also asked about an orange cord that appears to be plugged into a power pole in the area. Department of Public Works superintendent Doug Wickard said he believes it is a cablevision situation.
Village resident Martin Smith also voiced his concern during Public Participation regarding a property he owns at 400 E. Maple Street. This area is where the Safe Routes to School grant project sidewalks are being installed. He inquired about the size of the catch basin that was being placed at the corner.
Mr. Tony Swartz updated the council on all the financial improvements he is working on, including software implementation for emailing water bills and any other fees due to the village; 2019 Appropriation ordinance update; 2020 estimate of revenues ; possible change of software for the payroll, budgeting, accounting, inventory-more suitable for a village of our size. He also mentioned he is pursuing grants for vehicle (truck) replacement, preparing to interview candidates for the vacant clerk position, and working on a completing monthly Book to Bank reconciliations for 2018. Councilman Aaron Patterson said, “I hope you will stay until all this done and that it takes, like twelve years!” Mr. Swartz replied, “My goal is to stay until whoever I hand this off to, has a good understanding of how to make it work (with what has been put in place)”
Village Administrator Michael Brillhart’s report included giving updates of the status of several grants the village is working on.
*The Safe Routes to School (sidewalks) project is happening right now (Drive down to East Maple Street and check it out)
*The Downtown Revitalization grant, for the 100 block of North Main Street is expected to begin on August 5th.
*The Neighborhood Revitalization Grant is expected to begin the design and engineering phase for the 6 projects selected, in July or August.
*The new basketball goal systems acquired for the Village Park through a Wood County Park District grant are ordered and expected to be installed during July.
* Also, N.B. Downtown Enhancement project public information meeting will be held at the Depot Community Hall at 6:00p.m. on July 15th
The Council approved a request from the North Baltimore Chamber of Commerce to close streets for the Good Ole Summertime Festival on Saturday, July 27th from 6:00a.m. until midnight.
The meeting began with prayer from Pastor Mike Soltis of The Bridge Fellowship, who prayed for “the Village and those that serve”
Mayor Goldner called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mr. Carles made a motion to excuse Mr. Aaron Patterson. Second by Mr. Beegle.
II. Roll Call:
Mayor Janet Goldner-Here, Matt Beegle-Here, Ty Carles- Here, Tim Engard -Here, Aaron Patterson-Absent, Art Patterson- Here, Leisa Zeigler-Here, Student Representative- Zoey Beaupry, Clerk Kathi Bucher- Present, Legal Counsel-Joel Kuhlman-Present
III. Approval of the Agenda:
Mr. Art Patterson made a motion to approve the agenda with corrections. Second by Mr. Beegle. All approved.
Approval of the Minutes:
Mr. Carles made a motion to approve the minutes from May. Second by Mr. Beegle.
IV. Public Participation:
Shirley Hutchison wanted to know what had been done with the CSX ditch situation that water runs onto her property. Why the long trains with engines all thru the train? Mr. Carles explained that the RR has been here and they give us their permission to cross the tracks. Mayor Goldner told her they have sent a letter to Jacksonville asking them to “clean out the ditch”. There is a pothole at the end of her drive as well.
Mr. Aaron Patterson arrived at 5:40.
Letters and Communications:
Finance Officer: at seat when they arrived.
-software implementation for emailing water bills/sewer; online payments
-2019 Appropriation update
-working on 2020 revenues
-three ordinances for special assessments are coming
-negotiations on electric and gas rates have been completed
-auditor is here
-grants for truck replacement via grant
-SRTS will begin this month
-NRG-the design and engineering of six projects begin in June/July
-Downtown Revitalization- Geddis Paving and Excavating/100 block
-OPW-design and engineering for the 200 block by Aug. 1
-Draft of the bulk rate water study is complete
-WCPD- grand program guidelines are prepared
-Courtney Bretz has put in her notice-last day is June. 14.
Mr. Aaron Patterson made a motion to advertise for FCI. Mr. Beegle second. All approved.
Appointed Legal counsel: nothing
Mayor: Emergency fund to take care of the trees
Economic and Community Development (Mr. Carles)
Public Safety (Mr. Art Patterson
-Discuss EMS at COTW
-Hire Kaleb Stieff and Joshua Woerner at p/t Police Officers
Mr. Carles made a motion to hire Kayleb Stuff as p/t officer per F-19a at a rate of $13.50 not to exceed 30 hrs. Second by Mr. Beegle. All approved.
Mr. Carles made a motion to hire Joshua Woerner as a p/t officer per F-19-a at a rate of $13.50 not to exceed 30 hrs. Second by Ms. Zeigler. All approved.
Personnel, Policy and Ordinance Review (Mr. Engard)
Wants to add purchase policy to COTW
Zoning permits- why are we charging and where does the money go? COTW
Public Works (Mr. Beegle)
-Restrooms at the Boys Baseball fields and youth fields are not open, why? COTW
-Pond at the park. What can be done with this area? Wetland area? Has been flooded; walkway around the pond needs maintained. (crushed stone there now)
-We dug the pond…fill it in?
-AEP temporary easement- replace
-revision of walks
Public Utilities (Mr. Aaron Patterson)
-Advertise for a position? Recommendations were placed on VA desk. They will be calling to set up interviews.
Finance and Technology (Mrs. Zeigler)
-Mr. Swartz gave us an update.
New Legislation, Resolutions, Motions or Business
AGREEMENT BETWEEN HENRY TOWNSHIP AND VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE TO JOINTLY PROVIDE FOR MAINTENANCE, REPAIR AND IMPROVEMENTS ON QUARRY ROAD – Motion to Approve
No action taken- should be an Ordinance
IX. First Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions
Mr. Aaron Patterson made a motion to read Resolution 06-2019 by number and title only for its first reading. Second by Mr. Beegle.
Resolution 06-2019 read by number and title only by the mayor.
RESOLUTION 06 – 2019 A RESOLUTION REPEALING ORDINANCE 2018-23 AND IMPLEMENTING SECTIONS 3735.65 THROUGH 3735.70 OF THE OHIO REVISED CODE, ESTABLISHING AND DESCRIBING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT AREA IN THE CITY OF NORTH BALTIMORE AND DESIGNATING A HOUSING OFFICER TO ADMINISTER THE PROGRAM AND CREATING A HOUSING COUNCIL
Mr. Aaron Patterson made a motion to read Resolution 07-2019 for its first reading, suspend the other readings. Second by Mr. Beegle. All approved.
Resolution 07-2019 read by the mayor by number and title only.
RESOLUTION 07 – 2019 A RESOLUTION DESIGNATING PRIORITY TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS FOR THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE AS PART OF THE REGIONAL UPDATE TO THE TOLEDO METROPOLITAN AREA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS (TMACOG) TRANSPORTATION PLAN AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY to meet required deadline.
Mr. Aaron Patterson made a motion to adopt. Mr. Beegle made the second. All approved.
Mr. Aaron Patterson made a motion to read Ordinance 2019-15 by number and title only for its first reading. Second by Mr. Engard.
Ordinance 2019-15 read by number and title only by the mayor.
ORDINANCE 2019 – 15 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 913.03(g) OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE TO INCLUDE A PROCEDURE FOR ESTABLISHING A WEB BASED ONLINE WATER ACCOUNT AND BILL PAY OPTION FOR WATER CONSUMERS
Mr. Carles made a motion to ready Ordinance 2019-16 by number and title only. Second by Mr. Aaron Patterson.
Ordinance 2019-16 read by number and title only by the mayor.
ORDINANCE 2019 – 16 AN ORDINANCE ENACTING A SPECIAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE COST AND EXPENSE OF LIGHTING OF THE STREETS, ALLEYS, WAYS AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES IN THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE FOR 2020, AUTHORIZING CERTIFICATION OF SAME TO THE WOOD COUNTY AUDITOR AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY -delete
Mr. Carles made a motion that Ordinance 2019-17 be read by number and title only by the mayor. Second by Ms. Zeigler.
Ordinance 2019-17 read by number and title only by the mayor.
ORDINANCE 2019 – 17 AN ORDINANCE ENACTING A SPECIAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE COST AND EXPENSE OF CLEANING THE STREET, ALLEYS, WAYS AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES IN THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE FOR 2020, AUTHORIZING CERTIFICATION OF SAME TO THE WOOD COUNTY AUDITOR AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY -delete
Mr. Beegle made a motion that Ordinance 2019-18 be read by number and title only by the mayor. Second by Ms. Zeigler.
Ordinance 2019-18 read by number and title only by the mayor.
ORDINANCE 2019 – 18 AN ORDINANCE ENACTING A SPECIAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE COST AND EXPENSE OF TRIMMING, MAINTAINING AND PLANTING OF TREES ALONG THE STREETS, WAYS, AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES IN THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE FOR 2020, AUTHORIZING CERTIFICATION OF SAME TO THE WOOD COUNTY AUDITOR AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY -delete
X. Second Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions
Mr. Carles made a motion that Ordinance 2019-14 be read by number and title only by the mayor. Second by Ms. Zeigler.
Ordinance 2019-14 read by number and title only by the mayor.
ORDINANCE 2019 – 14 FINAL 2019 APPROPRIATIONS ORDINANCE
Third Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions
Other New Business
VA -list of trees that need trimmed as a safety issue. Mr. Aaron Patterson said he had been out driving around and couldn’t see down roads. This is a tree commission issue; Fall-trimming and planting. In 2020 clean boulevards of shrubs, etc…
At Sprigg and Water- an ornamental tree blocks the oncoming traffic from Mitchell Road.
XII. Other Old Business
Payment of the Bills
Mr. Aaron Patterson made a motion to pay the bills in the amount of $ 98,134.31. Second by Mr. Beegle. All approved.
Mr. Aaron Patterson made a motion to adjourn. Second by Mr. Beegle. All approved.
Submitted by Kathi R. Bucher, Clerk
Joel Kuhlman, Village Solicitor Janet L. Goldner, Mayor
Staff members will be available to assist constituents with any federal department or agency issue
Latta Staff to Hold Casework On-site in North Baltimore
BOWLING GREEN, OH – The office of Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will host casework on-sites, where staff members will be available to assist constituents with any federal department or agency issue on Thursday, June 27, from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM at the Village of North Baltimore, Council Chambers in North Baltimore, Ohio.
Casework on-sites are offered by Congressman Latta’s office to make his constituent services more conveniently accessible to local residents. Residents are not required to RSVP, but should contact Congressman Latta’s office at (800) 541-6446 if they have any questions.
WHAT: Casework Onsite with Congressman Latta’s Staff
WHEN: Thursday, June 27, from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
WHERE: Village of North Baltimore, Council Chambers
The Village Council of North Baltimore met for a special meeting last Monday, June 17, at 5:30pm. in Council chambers.
The only order of business on the agenda for the evening was to hire Ryan Cook to fill a Utility Operator position that was vacant. After a recommendation from the Public Utilities Committee chairman, he was hired, with a start date of June 24th.
The meeting was adjourned approximately fifteen minutes after it started.
In news unrelated to this week’s meeting, the Council also recently accepted the retirement of EMS Chief Phil Walter as of June 30th, 2019, and agreed to rehire him effective July 1, 2019.
Editor’s note: Thank you for all you do for the Village of NB, Chief Walter
North Baltimore is a historic family-friendly community located in northwest Ohio between Bowling Green and Findlay, Ohio. The Village is currently recruiting and accepting applications for the following position:
Finance Clerk 1:
Responsible for preparing the monthly utility bills, processes utility payments, maintains utility records; reconciles payments with receipts and cash; prepares bank deposit slips and makes deposits; and responds to inquiries regarding services or billings.
Performs clerical and financial duties for the Mayor’s court, village cemeteries and zoning functions as well as other miscellaneous duties as assigned.
Qualifications include, but are not limited to, knowledge of bookkeeping; Excel; office practices and procedures; data processing techniques; and records management. Computer operations, telephone, cash register, and customer service experience is required.
This is a full-time position with benefits. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.
Interested applicants can contact staff for an application at (419) 257 2394. A properly completed application, with references, must be submitted to Michael Brillhart at the Village of North Baltimore, 205 North Main Street, North Baltimore, Ohio 45872.
15 year 100% tax abatement agreement with NorthPoint Development LLC approved…
by Sue Miklovic
The Board of Education held their regularly scheduled May meeting at NBHS school library on May 28,2019.
Principal’s Report by Dr. Bob Falkenstein
Commencement was a huge success!
Students last day of school is Friday, May 31!
Track update: Jordan Bucher will pole vault at the OHSAA State Track Meet on Friday at 1:00 at Jesse Owens Stadium.
Summer MS Intervention Camp and HS Credit Recovery programs are all set and ready to go.
In August we will unveil our STRIPES program at the MS level. This PBIS program is grant funded and will help reinforce positive behavior and academic goals.
Additional adjustments for next year’s handbook:
Lunch prices will remain the same at $2.95
Double “A” Opt Outs for exams are determined by that semester’s discipline and no unexcused absences rather than just quarters 2 and 4.
Class rank was already adjusted 5 years ago. For next year we will add, “In the case of a tie for class rank, the next criteria will be ACT scores.”
Cell phone penalty #1: remove detention; #2: add detention, #3: change to ISS, not OSS.
Jonelle Semancik, Principal EA Powell Elementary
6th Grade Graduation
6th grade graduation is today starting at 6:30 pm. Although we will miss this group
we look forward to great things to come from them.
school will run June 3rd-June 20th Monday through
Thursday 9am-noon. There are 18 students signed up grades k-3. Research shows
that this program will be more effective with smaller groups and early grades.
This is why the changes have been made.
Summer Curriculum Work
teachers will be meeting this summer for a day to work on aligning the
curriculum and adding rigor as well as depth to our lessons. This comes from
the training that they were sent to earlier this year. Den of Ten will be
meeting to discuss plans for the upcoming year.
thank you enough for taking a chance on a new principal. It has been a great
year and I appreciate all the support you have given. I look forward to many
more wonderful years here in North Baltimore.
Superintendent’s Recommendations/Board Approvals
*Approved a one year certified contract to Teresa Simons, 7-12 Intervention Specialist, at the appropriate step beginning the 2019-20 school year.
*Approved one year certified contract to Megan Kreinhibl, Powell Intervention Specialist, at the appropriate step beginning the 2019-20 school year.
*Approved a one year classified contract to Larry Snyder, bus driver at the appropriate step beginning the 2019-20 school year.
Summer School/Intervention *Approved the following summer school/intervention teachers for the 2019 summer at the current rate of $20 per hour:
Arica Matthes – MS Summer Intervention Camp Tutor
Cory Mathias – Summer Online Coordinator
Jennifer Carter – Extended School Year Teacher
Diane Blake – Summer Tiger Paws Teacher
Becky Lucas – Summer Tiger Paws Teacher
Marina Williford – Summer Tiger Paws Teacher
The Board approved an extensive list of names for the 2019-20 classified substitute list, which included the summer of 2019, at the step 0 rate on an as needed basis, pending necessary certification and paperwork when required, including:
Aides(Office, Bus, Classroom Etc.)
The following Supplemental Contracts for 2019-20 were approved:
Type I (100% unless specified)
Head Boys Basketball Coach Joey Hagemyer Step 5
Athletic Director Daniel DavisStep 2
Assistant Athletic Director Paula BeaupryStep 5
Athletic Equipment ManagerJeff DanielsStep 1
Weight Room SupervisorMike KipplenStep 5
Band DirectorBen PackStep 5
Marching Band Auxiliary Group AdvisorsJeff GregorsokStep 5
Craig Bentley Step 5
Bob HoffStep 5
Jazz BandBen PackStep 5
Pep BandBen PackStep 5
Show ChoirEmily MeyersonStep 5
Drama Director (.25)Ben Pack Step 5
Drama Director (.75)Emily MeyersonStep 5
Choral MusicEmily MeyersonStep 5
Yearbook/PublicationsMallory HuffmanStep 3
Grade 7 Advisor Arica Matthes
Grade 8 AdvisorJulie Traver
Grade 11 Advisor (2 of 2) Paula Beaupry and Arica Matthes
Grade 12 (2 of 2)Paula Beaupry and Arica Matthes
National Honor Society Mallory Huffman 50% /Sarah Bugner 50%
Junior National Honor SocietyArica Matthes
HS Quiz BowlMallory Huffman
MS Quiz Bowl Lisa Reider
Art Club MS/HSLuke Archer
International Club Martin Zamudio
HS NewspaperChad Jones
MS Newspaper Chad Jones
S.A.E. / Paws for a CauseStefanie Lauer 50% Chad Jones 50%
HS Student Council Mallory Huffman 50% Sarah Bugner 50%
Middle School Student CouncilLisa Reider
Team Leaders MS/HS
Math Team Leader Ryan Lamb
English Team Leader Mallory Huffman
Social Studies Team Leader Mark Hollenbaugh
Science Team Leader Sue Garner
MS Team Leader Ryan Lamb
Grades – 9-10 Team Leader Martin Zamudio
Grades 11 – 12 Team Leader Stefanie Lauer
Encore Team Leader Luke Archer
Special Needs Team Leader Jon Eichar
Safety Patrol Kathi Bucher
Outdoor Education Coordinator Alison Coldren
Elementary Student Council Kathi Bucher
Community Education DirectorErika Miklovic
Art Club Powell Erika Miklovic
Elementary Quiz Bowl Ben Pack 50%
Team Leaders Elementary
Team Leader K – Brynn Pasche
Team Leader – 2ndCindy Coppler
Team Leader – 3rdSamantha Rodabaugh
Team Leader Math- Nicole Lang
Team Leader Social Studies/Science- Meagan Hernandez
Team Leader ELA-Michelle Flick
Team Leader Special Needs- Charles Scherdt
Team Leader Encore-Emily Meyerson
6th Grade Class Advisor –Kathi Bucher
Lead mentor-Sue Garner
Mentors-Luke Archer, Jeff Gregorsok, Sue Garner, Martin Zamudio, Melanie Missler,
*Approved a service agreement with Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center (NOESC) for the 2019-20 school year on an as needed basis as presented in the contract for visually impaired services.
*Approved an agreement with W/I (Work Leads to Independence) for the 2019-20 school year as presented.
*Approved a fifteen (15) year 100% abatement agreement with NorthPoint Development LLC as presented. And waive the remainder of the notification period. The president called for the vote: Voting yes: Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Bushey, Mr. Archer, Mrs. Byrd, and Mr. Sharninghouse. Motion carried.
*Approved the job description for the Director of Maintenance as presented. The president called for the vote: Voting yes: Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Bushey, Mr. Archer, Mrs. Byrd, and Mr. Sharninghouse. Motion carried.
Reports from the Standing Committees of the Board of Education:
Good news: Good Ole Summertime Festival can remain on Main Street this year…….
by Sue Miklovic
The Village Council met for their June meeting last Tuesday, June 4th. The meeting had both some GOOD news and some BAD news.
The first piece of bad news shared by Village Administrator Michael Brillhart was that the Downtown Revitalization grant project that was expected to be started this Summer, now has been pushed back to a start date of approximately August 5. Once started however, it will be completed by the end of November 2019. This project should provide a much-needed face-lift to the 100 block of North Main Street.
The GOOD news in the situation, is that the Chamber of Commerce’s Good Ole Summertime Festival in downtown NB this July, does not need to change locations because of construction, as anticipated.
Mr. Brillhart also shared that the Safe Routes to School grant project which will add some sidewalks on East Maple Street, a popular walking route for students, is anticipated to begin by June 14th, and be completed by the beginning of the new school year–Aug 15th.
Another disappointing bit of news that had to be shared by the Administrator had to do with the County Engineer’s office and a decision to abandon their maintenance of bridges that are within municipalities. This will no doubt force a huge burden to bear on not only North Baltimore, but also the other small communities within the county. Finance officer Tony Swartz shared that “It appears it is at least $600-$700,000 to replace a bridge”
More discussions and topics of interest included:
*An online bill payment option is likely to be available soon for residents and businesses for paying their water bills. The software for implementing this additional option for paying could be in place by August.
*Mr. Swartz has begun working on the 2020 estimates of revenue for the village. This is the first step in the process of formulating a budget for fiscal year 2020, he said.
* Swartz also reported that the Auditor of State is visiting North Baltimore for the purpose of conducting an audit of fiscal years 2017 and 2018.
*Mr. Swartz also shared he is in search of grants available for vehicles and trucks that need replacement. The next round of Requests for Proposals should be sometime this Summer.
*Mayor Goldner shared that “Emergency funds” set aside in the Tree Commission budget, were used for the village clean-up needed after the big windstorm that blew through town recently. It caused lots of damage, particularly along South Tarr Street.
*The Village will be advertising for a Finance Clerk I position which will be vacant soon.
*The Village hired two part-time Police Officers, Joshua Woerner and Kayleb Stuff, who were to begin immediately.
*Several topics will be discussed at the Committee of the Whole Meeting on June 11, 2019 including : Restrooms at the Park, Village Purchasing policy, Flooding at the Park, Trees that need trimmed for safety issues, Ideas for projects at the village park, in order to apply for Wood County Park District’s 2019 Improvement grant.
*Ordinances and Resolutions were read and voted on, as is mandated.
*Reports from Fire, EMS, Police Chiefs are reported in separate stories here on theNBXpress.