St. Luke’s Palm Sunday Services

Join Pastor Ralph Mineo on Facebook for his message”From Triumph to Suffering”

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore,

April 5, 2020, 10:15 a.m.

Palm/Passion Sunday

Pastor Ralph Mineo will offer a message titled

“From Triumph to Suffering”

based on Matthew 21:1-11

In-person services have been suspended. 

All are welcome to join us at

https:www.facebook.com/ralph.j.mineo

as we continue on our journey to the Resurrection!

HELP WANTED: Laborer – Public Works Dept.

The Village of North Baltimore is hiring!

HELP WANTED: Laborer – Public Works Dept.

North Baltimore is a historic family-friendly community located in northwest Ohio about 15 miles south of Bowling Green and 12 miles north of Findlay, Ohio. The Village of North Baltimore provides public works operations and maintenance functions. The Village is currently recruiting and accepting applications for the following position:

• Laborer in our Public Works Dept.

o A Public Works Laborer is responsible for the operation of a variety of construction and maintenance equipment and for performing manual labor activities as needed and/or required by
the Department Supervisor. Included is road maintenance, park
maintenance, signage, mowing, snow plowing, and other related
areas.

o Qualifications include, but are not limited to, obtaining a class B CDL, must be able to pass a background check and be subject to periodic drug and alcohol screening.

Interested applicants can pick up an employment application at 205 N. Main St. in North Baltimore or have one sent to them by contacting administrative staff at (419) 257 2394.

A properly completed application, with references, must be
submitted to Village Administrator at the Village of North Baltimore, 205 North Main Street, North Baltimore, Ohio 45872 or via email at:  [email protected]

The Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer

NB Emergency Services Need Our Help…..

During this current medical crisis the North Baltimore EMS, Police and Fire members are…

Need for help….. from North Baltimore EMS Chief Phil Walter

During this current medical crisis the North Baltimore EMS, Police and Fire members are utilizing N95 masks, latex gloves and gowns on a regular basis.

In an effort to keep our citizens/patients, as well as our first responders safe from this virus, the issue has become that we are beginning to run low on items.

Not knowing how long this crisis will continue, we are unable to order more supplies at this time due to vendor stocks being depleted.

I had a local business drop off some latex gloves yesterday out of the blue and unsolicited so it got me thinking, maybe other people have or could possibly ask their employer if they would have any extra items that they could spare.

Any help would be appreciated at this time!

Please feel free to share this on your Facebook page in an effort to reach as many people as possible.

We thank you in advance for any help in this serious matter!

If you might have any items to donate, or have questions please message me on North Baltimore EMS page or call 419 257-2181

Sincerely,

Chief Walter

Board of Education Meets for March 2020 Meeting

New NBHS Principal Hired…..

By Sue Mikovic

 The North Baltimore Board of Education met on Monday, March 23, 2020 at the NBHS building. All board members were present except Mr. Tim Archer

The board moved up the meeting one day earlier in the month due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s order for everyone to stay home effective midnight on Monday March 23.

NB Local Schools Board of Education practicing six feet of separation at meeting Monday night.



The treasures report was short with Mr Stewart reporting that the school has now received payments from the Rover pipeline ($990,000), CSP abatement ($35,000), Medicaid reimbursement, ($60,000). The district is still waiting to receive the CSX TIFF payment (should be around $400,000). Mr. Stewart will be keeping a watchful eye on the budget as the country goes through this health crisis. “Financially, the State may drain the education budget,” he stated. (To help cover the cost of the pandemic expenses)

Superintendent Ryan Delaney recommended a temporary administrative contract be offered to Chad Kiser as Middle School/ High School Principal beginning April 10th through July 31 2020. The board approved that recommendation as well as a two-year administrative contract to Kiser beginning August 1, 2020. The vote was 4-0.

Kiser comes to North Baltimore from Zanesville City Schools where he is an Assistant Principal. He is a 10-year Navy veteran and also has six years of law enforcement experience working with a narcotics/ K-9 unit. He has two degrees from Tulane University and his Master’s degree from Western Florida University. He is married and has 3 children (two boys and one girl). He is already looking for a home in the area. Kiser said,” I’m looking forward to it and excited to come to North Baltimore. I’m ready to get started!”

Mr. Chad Kiser, new NBHS Principal as of April 10, 2020


Other news from the brief meeting:

~District technology coordinator Brent Hermiller worked to get a grant that will allow for the replacement of all digital switches in the district . This will improve network capability.

~The district approved paying Panda Technologies $2500 for the 2020-2021 school year for website design and support.

~Mr. Delaney reported that “grab and go” bag lunches have been served to approximately 40 kids daily since school had to dismiss for the coronavirus pandemic. He also reported 64 laptops that belong to the school district were sent home with kids who did not have access to the Internet for homework otherwise.

Mr Delaney also reported there are no plans yet for graduation or prom. There are also no sports decisions made by the OHSAA at this point. He said “It’s probably not gonna happen”

Board member Jeremy Sharninghouse stated “Kudos to our staff!  Mrs. Semancik and the teachers are doing a great job of helping our students and using technology to keep in touch with them. ” All other board members agreed.

Village Council Met 3/17/20

Council will meet only once for the month–at 6:15 on April 14th for a regular meeting, with no public participation……

By Sue Miklovic

The North Baltimore Village Council was in full force last Tuesday night with plenty of business on their agenda, including dealing with the present Coronavirus (Covid-19)outbreak. To that end, they began the evening by moving the meeting next door from Council Chambers into the Fire Department Meeting Room in order to follow the “Social Distancing” (6 feet of separation) recommendations that Americans are currently following.

NB Village Council demonstrating “Social Distancing” (also called “self-distancing”) to reduce the possible spread of Covid-19.


Some of the items of interest were:

*Communications with residents concerning things that may need cleaned up on their property. Police officers are to attempt to speak with residents before issuing any citations.

*After a lengthy discussion, permission was granted to advertise for a vacant street laborer position.

* Discussion of parking in The 200 block of N. Main Street. After this year’s construction project it will be angle parking, not parallel parking, as it will provide more spaces.

*Matt Beegle, Chair of the Public Works committee, recommended acceptance of the “Ball Fields Facilities Use Agreement” for 2020.

*10 ordinances were on the agenda and are listed in a separate post here on theNBXpress.

* The Council held a lengthy discussion regarding recommendation on AEP Stormwater Fee appeal. AEP recently purchased adjacent land to the transmission station on East Broadway, and is appealing the Impervious Surface Fee associated with this property. The Village will make a counter-offer.

*The Village Administrator added these highlights from his duties:

  • Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant (200 block of N. Main Street) – The design phase is 100% completed. Construction bids are being planned for advertisement in mid and late March.
      
  • Neighborhood Revitalization Grant (NRG) – The design engineer hired by Wood County has finalized the plans. Poggemeyer Design Group is working with Wood County Planning Commission on setting the construction bid date and pre-bid meeting for early April.
      
  • Economic Development – Todd Dickerson is working directly with an interested party specific to a property along Quarry Road. He has requested a meeting with Wood County EDC in order to seek technical and financial assistance on capital utility/infrastructure needs.

  • Downtown Revitalization Project (100 block of N. Main Street) – The traffic signal poles, accompanying mast arms, and pedestrian signal poles are in fabrication with an anticipated install date in late March.

    Follow-up communications have been transmitted weekly in March to the CSX Roadmaster II representative in Willard specific to maintenance and repair of rail-crossings at N. Main St., N. Tarr St., and N. Poe Road.

  • Poggemyer Design, who has already designed a replacement water tower design for the Village, has been asked to redesign it with alternative water capacity for storage, including 500,000;750,000; and 1,000,000 gallons. Mr. Brillhart was told there would not be an extra cost for this.

The Village will amend the meeting schedule for April because of the Coronavirus pandemic. They will meet only once for the month–at 6:15 on April 14th for a regular meeting, with no public participation.

 

NB Library suspends Curbside Pick Up

Due to Stay at Home Order

With the announcement on Sunday, March 22nd, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. MPH, announced that Ohio would be under a “Stay at Home” order.  The North Baltimore Public Library will be closed and has suspended curbside pick up at this time. 

Watch our Facebook and website for updates as they occur and take advantage of our online resources.  We are now offering Tumble books without the use of a Library card. Ebooks,  audiobooks, and digital magazines are available  24/7.  Stay Safe!   

Summary of Recent Legislation Passed

Approved legislation from March 17, 2020 Village Council Meeting….

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATION PASSED

BY THE VILLAGE COUNCIL OF THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE

AT THE March 17,  2020 MEETING

This is a summary of legislation passed by the Council of the Village of North Baltimore on the _17__ day of March    2020, 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 2020 – 06   AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR TO DIRECT THE PURCHASE OF TURBIDITY METERS, A CHLORINE ANALYZER, AND TESTING KIT ACCESSORIES FOR WATER QUALITY MONITORING BY THE UTILITY DEPARTMENT AT A COST NOT TO EXCEED $23,546.90

ORDINANCE 2020 – 09    AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE A TRUCK FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR ONGOING OPERATIONS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $33,000 AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.

ORDINANCE 2020 – 10    AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR TO DIRECT THE PURCHASE OF A KUBOTA LAWN MOWER FOR USE BY THE PUBLIC UTILITIES DEPARTMENT AT A COST NOT TO EXCEED $13,174 AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY

ORDINANCE 2020 – 11    AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR TO DIRECT THE PURCHASE OF SEVEN (7) DECORATIVE STREET LIGHT POLES AND SEVEN (7) LUMINAIRES FOR THE NORTH MAIN STREET PHASE II RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT AT A COST NOT TO EXCEED $19,460 AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY

ORDINANCE 2020 – 12    AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR TO DIRECT THE PURCHASE OF A LED MOBILE LIGHT TOWER FOR USE BY THE PUBLIC UTILITIES DEPARTMENT AT A COST NOT TO EXCEED $12,372 AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY

ORDINANCE 2020 – 13    AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR TO ADVERTISE FOR THE INVITATION TO BID SPECIFIC TO THE FURNISHING OF NECESSARY MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE 200 BLOCK OF NORTH MAIN STREET BETWEEN BROADWAY STREET AND WALNUT STREET AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY

ORDINANCE 2020 – 14     AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR THROUGH THE OFFICE OF THE EMS CHIEF TO DIRECT THE PURCHASE OF A POWER COT FOR THE VILLAGE EMS DEPARTMENT AT A COST NOT TO EXCEED $19,713 AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY

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 March 17,      2020 approved by the Mayor on March 17  , 2020, and which was duly published according to the law on the NBXpress on the following dates: March, 2020

Want to Help the Food Pantry?

Help if you can………

The North Baltimore Area Cooperative Ministry is trying to collect items to help area families during the current coronavirus situation. 

From Pastor Ralph Mineo:

Due to the way the virus seems to be working (i.e. residing on items for 24 hours, according to the latest research), items need to be cleansed with Lysol (spray). So, if anyone has extra Lysol to donate, that would be good. Contact Pastor Mike Soltis at The Bridge.

Because of this need to disinfect, please do NOT deliver items to the Community Food Pantry at The Bridge until Mike gives the word. Keep items at your church or home. I might suggest that after 24 hours you set them aside from the place you usually collect items. These safety precautions, even with lack of absolute clarity, is good stewardship. Really, it’s HOLY stewardship.


(Editor’s note: I’m sure they would accept cash donations also, if you feel the urge to help in that way.)

Village Office Closed

Use mail drop or on-line option for bill paying. Call for other needs…..

Due to an abundance of caution the Village Office will be closed to the general public beginning tomorrow Wednesday, March 18th.  All employees will report to work as scheduled and phones will be answered.  

Village phone number is:  419-257-2394.  This closing will be in effect until at least April 1. 

Village Tax Assistance To Be Rescheduled

New dates TBD…………

The income tax customer service assistance that is provided to residents through Cleveland City Tax that was scheduled for March 21st and 25th  at the Municipal Building has been cancelled. The cancellations are due to the concern’s regarding the coronavirus and crowds.

They will be rescheduled to a later date currently undetermined.

Letter to the Editor from Concerned Citizen

Local Ordinance number 351.03 Prohibited Standing or Parking Places in question……

Editor: I am writing to you hoping you will publish this on theNBXpress.
 
It has recently come to my attention that a local Ordinance number 351.03 Prohibited Standing or Parking Places is being enforced by our police department.  The ordinance reads in the opening paragraph that “No person shall stand or park a vehicle except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or to comply with the provisions of this Traffic Code, or while obeying the directions of a police officer or a traffic control device in any of the following places: a: on a sidewalk, curb or street lawn area, except a bicycle….”.
 
There is more to it but I want to concentrate on the “curb or street lawn area” which I understand to be between the street and the sidewalk if a sidewalk is present.
 
My Dad has been parking at the same spot since 1969!.  His parked vehicle was hit a couple days ago and the driver made reparations the same day.  The next day he was approached by a Police Officer and told based on this ordinance that he could not park there anymore.  He has been parking there for 51 years and now it becomes an issue after his parked vehicle was hit.  By the way, his parked vehicle in no manner “conflicts” with other traffic on his street.  I can name a few places in town where parked vehicles conflict with traffic for example West Water street between 2nd street and Frazier street.
 
Now I fully support our Police Department and the service they provide to the community.  I believe if this is going to be enforced, some sort of public announcement should have been made by our village Government to the public stating a starting date for this enforcement.  I agree we need to take steps individually to help keep our streets safe and looking good, but to just drop in on a whim is not understandable.
 
I have already spoke to a council member and this will be addressed. The purpose of this is to inform villagers of this ordinance and its enforcement.
 
It seems to me there are a lot more pressing issues to deal with in town than a vehicle parked in the curb or street lawn area.
 
Thanks,
John Harden