Village Council to Hold Special Meeting Tuesday

May 14 Special Meeting prior to Committee of the Whole Meeting

The Village Council of North Baltimore will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, May 14,2019 at 5:30 p.m.

This will be held prior to the regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole meeting, which happens the second Tuesday of the month. The C.O.W meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m.

Village Administrator Michael Brillhart advised theNBXpress that in the event the 5:30p.m. meeting can not be called to order, an additional Special Meeting will begin at approximately 5:45 p.m., following the adjournment of the Committee of the Whole meeting. 

PAID LEGAL NOTICE

 

 

NB Village Reminders:

…about golf cars & grass clippings.

Here are a couple of reminders from North Baltimore Mayor Janet Goldner about golf cars & grass clippings.

PLEASE do not blow your cut grass into streets, road or alleys!

Blow the cut grass back into your lawn.

Bicycle and motorcycle rider safety can depend on your cooperation. AND it IS the “law”!

ALSO – Keep the cut grass out of our storm sewers. This will save on costs and prolong the life of our storm sewer system.

Thanks for your assistance and cooperation! 

GOLF CARTS on Village Streets –

Police pulled over a pink golf cart on Flaxmere Ave, Flaxmere, Hastings, for being unregistered and being used on a public road. They subsequently found out it had been stolen two weeks ago from the Maraenui Golf Course, Napier. 29 September 2015 NEWS Hawke’s Bay Today Photograph by Duncan Brown.

Only street legal and properly licensed golf carts are allowed on the streets here in town.

Golf carts must obey all traffic laws, traffic signals and rules of the road!

Please visit the NB Police Dept. on North Main to have your cart inspected. Also, you must be a licensed driver to drive on village streets in your carts.

NB Village Council: SUMMARY OF LEGISLATION PASSED

PASSED BY THE VILLAGE COUNCIL OF THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE AT THE April 2 & 16, 2019 MEETING….

BY THE VILLAGE COUNCIL OF THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE AT THE April 2& 16, 2019 MEETING

This is a summary of legislation passed by the Council of the Village of North Baltimore on the ___2& 16_ day of April 2019, as the full text of the legislation may be viewed at the office of the Clerk of the Village of North Baltimore.  Copies of the full text of said legislation may be purchased at the Office of the Clerk at $ .25 per page.

ORDINANCE 2019-11    AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE TRANSFER OF FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2018 AND DECLARING AND EMERGENCY TO EXIST.

ORDINANCE 2019-10   AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR TO ACCEPT THE BID SUBMITTAL FROM SMITH PAVING & EXCAVATING OF NORWALK, OHIO AND TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR THE PURPOSE OF INSTALLING SIDEWALKS AS PART OF THE MAPLE STREET SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROJECT AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY

RESOLUTION          03-2019 A RESOLUTION REGARDING COMPENSATION FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019

ORDINANCE    2019-08     AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE EDITION AND INCLUSION OF CERTAIN ORDINANCES AS PARTS OF THE VARIOUS COMPONENT CODES OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE OHIO

I, Kathi R. Bucher, Clerk of the Village of North Baltimore, Ohio hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of Ordinances/Resolution passed by Council on April 2&16_, 2019 approved by the Mayor on April 2_&16__, 2019, and which was duly published according to the law on the NBXpress  on the following dates: MARCH/APRIL.

PAID LEGAL NOTICE

April 2019 EMT Spotlight

Meet a new North Baltimore EMT….

Meet Ms. Sara Shawver, EMT-Intermediate

Ms. Sara Shawver, EMT

I am proud to introduce Sara Shawver, EMT-Intermediate as North Baltimore EMS’s April Spotlight EMT/Paramedic. Sara just recently joined the North Baltimore EMS Team. Sara is currently a full time EMT-I with LACP Lima EMS system as well. She has been in the EMS system for 10 years. Sara has also recently completed her Paramedic class and is in the testing stage. We wish her success and look forward to her advancing.

 She has a son. Sara has been awarded professional accomplishment awards in the field. In her past time she advised they enjoy restoring her old farm house as well as restoring antique furniture. And when I asked she advised she absolutely loves Goats.

Sara has already presented herself during training as a very qualified and skilled addition to North Baltimore EMS Team. I am sure we are going to see great things from Sara in the future. Sara, I Thank You in advance for your service for the needs of the residents of North Baltimore and Henry Twp.  

Note from Phil Walter II, NB EMS Chief:

The North Baltimore EMS Spotlight has been created to introduce the members of the North Baltimore EMS, to the citizens of North Baltimore and Henry Twp. My goal is for all the citizens to recognize all the members of the EMS. In my experience it is always good to see a familiar face in those times when the EMS is need. 

Today – NB Arbor Celebration

Tree Commission invites YOU… Please come to NB HS-MS…

North Baltimore will be holding the annual Arbor Day celebration at 11 am on Friday, April 26, at the NB High School – Middle School on Tiger Drive. 

The Village Tree Commission is donating a tree to the school in honor of Arbor Day. 

Village Council Met Last Tuesday for Third Monthly Meeting

Lots of needs at Water Department…

The third meeting of the month for NB Village Council was last Tuesday, April 16th. Before the meeting began, Pastor Ralph Mineo of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church offered prayer for the Village and those who serve.

Council President Matt Beegle was absent and Councilman Art Patterson was elected to serve as President pro-tem for the meeting.

No administrative reports were due at the meeting, however Finance Officer Tony Swartz presented a list of proposed 2018 Year End Funds Transfers to be made in 2019. He also shared a list of recently paid bills, and a historical comparison of transferred funds from the last 10 years.

Village Administrator Michael Brillhart also shared a few items from a prepared(but not required) report, including updates on the Neighborhood Revitlization grant, Downtown Revitalization project, Ohio Public Works Commission grant for use in 2020, and an upcoming draft of a “Bulk Water Rate Study”.

Most of the additional conversation of the evening centered on the Water Department and many imminent needs, including a chlorination system repair needed because of a failure the previous weekend. Other pending planned expenses discussed included: Clarifier gear drives, tank painting, Lime lagoon application, GIS Utility Mapping system, valve exerciser. Some of these items are EPA mandated. All appear to be appropriated in the budget.

The council agreed to hire Chad Smith as a part-time advanced EMT effective immediately.

They also heard the reading of a few resolutions and ordinances that pertained to :
-a request for the Wood County Auditor to certify the amount of funds to be raised if the question of renewing the 5 year 2 mill levy for street and road repairs was placed on the November 2019 general election ballot
– approving the transfer of funds as appropriated
– approving the edition and inclusion of certain ordinances as parts of the various component codes of the codified ordinances of the Village of North Baltimore, Ohio

Council member Ty Carles inquired why the piles of crushed concrete has not been moved from the parking areas at the reservoirs yet. Utility Director Brian Roberts responded it has been too wet for it to be placed without causing damage.

NB Receives 24th Tree City Award

…presented by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.

Way to go NB!!!

The Village of North Baltimore was recognized as a Tree City USA in the Northwest Ohio awards ceremony hosted by the Village of Crestline and their Tree Commission on April 17th.  This is the 24th time our community has been honored with this nationally recognized award.

The awards were presented to the Tree City and Tree Campus USA communities by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.  Featured speaker, Dr. David Kramer of OSU Mansfield, shared the historical significance of the Ohio buckeye tree. John Chapman, AKA Johnny Appleseed portrayed by Crawford County Park District Director Josh Dyer, also made an appearance to congratulate the awardees.

The title of Tree City USA was bestowed upon our community for its ongoing efforts to maintain and improved the quality of life through a comprehensive tree managements program.  The program is guided by the Tree Commission and the municipal government.

The Ohio DNR, Division of Forestry’s Urban forestry Assistance Program acts as a guiding hand in helping a community to become qualified as a Tree City USA.  The Regional Urban Forester recommends a community to the Arbor Day Foundation for this standing. In order to achieve the title and the honors, a community must meet four standards.

  • A Tree Ordinance
  • An active Tree Commission or forestry department
  • A comprehensive urban forestry program supported by a minimum of two dollars per capita
  • An annual Arbor Day proclamation and public observance

Ohio boasts the greatest number of Tree Cities in the country with a grand total of 240.  This marks Ohio’s 42nd consecutive year as the top Tree City USA state, according to the Ohio Division of Forestry.  50 Northwest Ohio communities are Tree Cities and two universities are honored as Tree Campus USAs (Ohio Northern University and the University of Findlay.)  All were recognized for their achievements at the awards ceremony in Crestline.

For additional information about the Tree City USA program or the Arbor Day Foundations, visit www.arborday.org .

North Baltimore will be holding the annual Arbor Day celebration at 11 am on Friday, April 26, at the NB High School – Middle School on Tiger Drive. The Village Tree Commission is donating a tree to the school in honor of Arbor Day.

Village Council Meets for Final March Meeting

Village adds another dispatcher and EMT to serve community…….

by Sue Miklovic

The third and final village council meeting was held Tuesday March 19th in village council chambers. The meeting opened with a prayer for wisdom offered by Pastor Mike Soltis of the Bridge Fellowship.

After the approval of the agenda, the meeting moved forward. There was no one requesting public participation this week.

There were no administrative reports due. Although no administrative report was due by the Village Administrator Michael Brillhart, he provided one for the council members. It included these items:

First, the administrator will investigate the cost to install a pickle ball court at the Village Park. The administrator will review the possibility of using any available funding from the recent Wood County Park District Grant that was specific to new basketball poles and goals.

At last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Village resident Dr. John Eric Vandemark requested a Pickle Ball Court at the Village Park.He described the court, necessary equipment, and provided some information on what he referred to as “The fastest growing sport in the U.S. Also known as Tennis for Old Folks”

Second, the Neighborhood Revitalization Grant which is being administered through Wood County, was discussed. This CDBG(Community Development Block Grant)will advertise the bids for engineering services. Construction is anticipated to begin during mid-year 2019 and will include six enhancement projects including downtown parking lot paving and Village Park handicap- accessible parking.

The third project highlighted was the Safe Routes to School grant. The first advertisement for the construction bid has occurred. The second advertisement is happening this week. The bid opening is scheduled to take place on March 29th, in North Baltimore.

The downtown revitalization project which encompasses the 100 block of North Main Street is expected to receive an estimate at a reduced cost from the one previously dated on March 11th, according to ODOT District 2 office. They have submitted a revised PS & E(Plans, Specifications, and Engineering) package to the central office in Columbus for final approval.

The current Street Levy will discontinue collecting tax money in 2020. The administrator is suggesting the Council take action during the month of April to consider placing it on the ballot for the November Election.

The council approved the recommendations from Art Patterson, Chair of the Public Safety Committee, with requests from NBPD Chief Lafferty and NBEMS Chief Walter to hire Lydia Swain as a dispatcher and Sarah Schawver as an intermediate EMT to begin immediately.

After that report, the meeting moved on to standing committees. Mr. Beegle, representing the Public Works committee shared the new 2019 Village Baseball Field agreement. It outlines the criteria for use of the facilities in order to be fair and consistent with all users of the Village Park Facilities. This year the League will need to obtain their own Food Service permits from the Wood County Health Department. Last year the village footed the bill.

Finance and Technology Committee Chair Leisa Zeigler shared, by reading out loud, a letter that she had written concerning recent activity at a Finance related work session that was held on February 26th. The meeting was concerning village finances particularly recommended pay scale adjustments and pay raises for village employees. She stated her opinion of some attendees inappropriate behavior at that meeting , and shared that she, Mayor Goldner, and Mr. Carles all left that meeting. Some loud conversation followed her statement at this week’s meeting.

A first reading was presented for an ordinance to replace 46 light fixtures at the roundabout.

A first reading, which was declared an emergency, was read, for repairs to Fire Truck 2.

A second reading of the ordinance allowing the vacating of Central Avenue north of the right-of-way at Elm Street was read.

The Council held Executive Session. No action was expected.

NB Cemetery Clean-Up

It’s that time of year…


Cemetery Clean-Up

A general clean-up shall be conducted twice a year, depending on weather, normally in April and October.  All unsightly pots, flowers, and/or wreaths will be removed. (This is a quote from the Village Cemetery booklet)

CCA to Visit NB on March 23

REMINDER: Central Collection Agency will provide On-site assistance to taxpayers in NB on March 23……

Each year during the months of February, March and April CCA (Central Collection Agency) provides on-site assistance to taxpayers in many of their member municipalities.

They are scheduled to visit the Village of North Baltimore on March 23rd, 2019, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.

Here is a link to the website where you can find more information: http://ccatax.ci.cleveland.oh.us/

You can also call toll free 800-223-6317

Reminder from Mayor Goldner: Village Park IS Closed

Mayor Janet Goldner would like to remind everyone that the Village Park is still closed until…

Mayor Janet Goldner would like to remind everyone that the Village Park is still closed until…

…April 1. 

The village cemetery pick up/clean up will be April 1 as well. 

Village Council Gearing Up for Busy Spring and Summer

Several grants getting ready to roll……

By Sue Miklovic

The village council met for their final meeting of February on Tuesday evening in council chambers. After the roll call, pledge of allegiance, and approval of the minutes, the meeting moved on to public participation.

The mayor introduced Seth Thompson of Panda Technologies who made a presentation to the council members about adding online bill-paying as a possibility for residents of the community for their water bill payments. Mr. Thompson explained the ins and outs on how the payment system would work and discussed issues such as Internet security and service fees charged by credit-card companies and assuring that payments are credited to the proper date of payment. He also answered questions from the council members who were extremely interested in the possibility of this option. Mayor Goldner said, “We’ve had of a lot of inquiries from residents who have asked when we were going to add this feature to their options for paying their water bill.” The Council will continue to investigate their options.  

The council moved on to administrative reports.The council approved the hiring of two new volunteer firefighters for the NBFD. They approved the hiring of Bryant Matthes and Chad Wright.

Next the Village Administrator updated the council on all that he has been busy with since the last meeting. His report was dominated by all the grant work that he has been following up on. Here are some of the highlights:

* The village expects the Park Grant that they received to be implemented during March. A $12,394 grant for basketball hoops and goal posts will be installed on the recently repaved former tennis court area. The work  will be completed as weather permits in March. There’s also the possibility that additional seating may be added in the area for spectators.

*Next Mr. Brillhart discussed  the Safe Routes to School Grant and explained  that the village hopes to be opening the bids that will begin the sidewalk construction project on March 29th. The project, which will be on Maple Street,  begins at Rhodes Avenue and continues to Rudolph Road. He expects the project will be completed within six months of the beginning date.

* Following that, he talked about the Downtown Revitalization Grant which has previously been delayed a couple of times. Current plans have been submitted to Columbus and the Village is hoping to hear within 4 to 5 weeks on the status of their plans. Hopefully at that time construction can begin and move forward. ODOT will oversee all phases of this grant. Councilman Aaron Patterson said,” I want to remind everyone we will incur cost on this grant and we need to make sure we have money set aside, isn’t that right Mr. Brillhart?” Administrator Brillhart concurred, “Yes, it’s an 80% 20% split”

*Also mentioned by Brillhart was that the Ohio Public Works grant that the village received last Summer will not have the money available until 2020 because it is currently tied up in funding issues. It has been promised to be provided to the village for the purpose of paving the 200 block of Main Street . The 100 block of Main Street will be paved this summer as part of the Neighborhood Revitalization Grant that the village received last year and will also begin in late spring or early summer of 2019.

*Other topics addressed by The village administrator included a cross- training in customer service program that will be implemented in the village offices, also beginning phases of preparation for renewal of the village Street Levy which was approved in 2014 and expires in 2020. He reminded council  the county Board of Elections needs their plan for renewal of the levy. If they expect it to be on the November 2019 ballot, they need to submit it by July 2019.

*Also discussed was a salary summary survey which compared employee salaries of villages of comparable size to North Baltimore. This has been a hot topic amongst the council members for at least the last 3 months.

* Finance Committee chair Leisa Zeigler has called a work session for next Tuesday at 5:30 at council chambers where the council members will gather to discuss and identify the needs of where they need to change the salary scale in many different job positions.

*Ty Carles introduced Todd Dickerson with Reveille Planning and Economic Development who was present and spoke and actually created some excitement with the council members. He reported he has had several meetings with the village administrator and has already had several meetings with area businesses and has had inquiries from at least a couple of trucking businesses who are looking for office space in the North Baltimore area. He continued by reporting he’s had meetings with ODOT,  BGSU, Hancock-Wood Electric, 3 developers, Jobs Ohio, and is ready to have interaction with AEP, CSX, and the local school system officials.