Attention Families of Incoming Fifth Grade Students: Time to Join BAND

Beginning Band Night meetings have been scheduled for 8/13 and 8/25…….

Attention Families of Incoming Fifth Grade Students:
Our Beginning Band Night meetings have been scheduled for
Thursday, August 13 and Tuesday, August 25. Both meetings will take place at 7pm in the HIGH SCHOOL gym (please use the athletic door entrance). Please note you only need to attend ONE of these meetings.Those attending are asked to wear face coverings and practice social distancing in the bleachers. Much more information will be posted in the next week. Please spread the word!

Village Council Special Meeting Held Last Tuesday

Tempers seemed to flare and words seemed recklessly spoken right from the start. I have to admit, by the time it was all over, I was worn to a frazzle, and all I did was listen…..

By Sue Miklovic, theNBXpress.com (I never claimed to be a journalist)

The Village Fire Station Bay was the scene of the Special Meeting called for the NB Village Council last Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Council member Leisa Zeigler was absent, but excused.

Tempers seemed to flare and words seemed recklessly spoken right from the start. I have to admit, by the time it was all over, I was worn to a frazzle, and all I did was listen…..

The agenda for the special meeting said the order of business for the evening was to approve Fire Department equipment purchase, thanks to funding from an Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation grant that covered the bulk of the expense. (This did happen)

An additional part-time EMT was hired for the squad.

The part of the agenda that drew the most attention by far was something labeled on the agenda as  “ Public Comments “ as well as an item labeled “discussion on police banner and allow for any public participation.”

The Mayor invited Stephanie Walters to speak first, as a representative of the North Baltimore Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber owns the gazebo at the corner of Main and Broadway. The ground it sits on is owned by the Millstream Area Credit Union. Ms. Walters explained the Chamber Executive Committee ordered a sign that said, “We support our police” to be taken down because it was not placed there by the Chamber. Walters stated The Chamber has had to upgrade their written policy on what can be placed on the gazebo to prohibit anything not originating from the Chamber to be disallowed. She said, ”We completely support our police, and all the public safety departments. We should have issued a press release right away so the public did not misunderstand our action”  “We do not want  to affect the integrity of the Chamber by allowing anyone to place anything they want on Chamber property. ”

The conversation continued from there to other village residents, along with comments from several council members.

Also on the agenda was to be discussion on Council meeting rules and procedures, and monthly Council planning sessions.

There was a lot of back-and forth banter throughout the meeting. Things I heard while listening:

“Did the police department or mayor get complaints?”

“I heard that there was a complaint that was made by an adolescent”

“I want to apologize for asking you to leave ”(the last meeting)

“All cops are under pressure”

“I really care about our village. Thank you for your time”

“We support our police completely”

“All meetings must be open to the public”

“You can’t pick and choose who you let in or not”

“Black Lives Matter is a Marxist organization”

“I did not come here for the mayor’s head”

“We can make our own rules”

“Rules are for our protection”

“I apologize to the mayor for snapping back”

 

Councilman Bill Cook reported he took his concerns to the Wood County Prosecutor’s office to learn what the ramifications were for not allowing someone to speak during public comments. He continued by sharing possible fines, incarceration, impeachment proceedings that could be imposed for violations.

Councilman Aaron Patterson called for a public Town Hall type meeting to plan some sort of activity for the village. “People need something to do. I don’t know if it’s a band playing downtown, or close the street off, or fireworks. We need to know what they think. I like when people come to the meetings and talk” He asked the Village Administrator to arrange a Town Hall  meeting for August 8th where people can come and have coffee on a Saturday morning and plan an event of some kind.

At one point in the meeting the Mayor walked out, handing the gavel to Council President Mike Julien to lead the business at hand.

One final thing I found quite interesting:
Wearing masks: Mayor Goldner, Administrator Brillhart, Clerk K. Bucher, Finance Mr. Swartz
Not wearing masks: Mr. Patterson, Mr. Julien, Mr. Engard, Pastor Cook, Pastor Soltis

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. -Dalai Lama

PUBLIC NOTICE – Village of North Baltimore

Road and sidewalk reconstruction project starting soon…..

Here is information on the 200 Block of North Main Street Construction project:

PUBLIC NOTICE
NORTH BALTIMORE STREET
RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT
(200 Block of North Main Street – Broadway Street to Walnut Street)

Dear Residents:
The Village of North Baltimore will be performing road and sidewalk reconstruction along the 200 block of N. Main Street between Broadway Street and Walnut Street. B&J Concrete and Construction, Inc. has been contracted to improve the roadway, sidewalks, lighting, and drainage.

Weather permitting, the work is tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, August 17th, and is expected to be completed before November 1st. Normal contractor work hours will be between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

During construction, a minimum of one lane of traffic along N. Main Street shall be maintained at all times. Any lane closures and restrictions shall be at the approval of the Project Engineer. Sidewalk closure may also occur for a very
short timeframe.

As construction may cause temporary inconvenience, we appreciate your patience during this period and hope to reduce disruption. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Village Administration Office at (419)
257-2394.

 

News and Notes from Village Council Meeting

Sanitary system smoke tests to continue this week…..

by Sue Miklovic

 After the pledge of allegiance, roll call, and approval of minutes from the previous meeting, the Village Council began their monthly business meeting on July 21st hearing from a group of concerned citizens who reside or own property on Wabash Avenue.

The Mayor turned away another request for public participation, saying in this time of covid-19 pandemic there would be no public participation. “I made an exception for the Wabash situation” because of its urgency.

The homeowners on the west side of Wabash are facing the installation of huge power lines by AEP that will basically “Take up my whole front yard,” said spokesperson for the group Ryan Goolsby. AEP has offered a monetary compensation that is not acceptable to the homeowners. More to come on this topic as the situation continues to develop.

Tony Swartz, Village Finance Officer continued the discussion about options for the purchase of a new dump truck for the village. The village is considering the different payment options available to them, including cash, possible grant money, and low interest loans.

Village Administrator Michael Brillhart said the start date for the 200 Block of Main Street project has been moved back one week to the first week of August. He also shared that the Pre-construction meeting for the six projects of the Neighborhood Revitalization grant is soon, and the project should be done by December.

The sanitary system Smoke Tests being performed in the village, will start back up this week(July 27) after a one week break while the Utilities Director was on vacation. Things are also moving forward on the UV disinfection project at the Wastewater Treatment plant.

Mr. Brillhart also stated that CSX has said it will be back in town within two weeks to continue the work on the Main Street crossing.

The Village has spent a considerable amount of time in the past 6 months updating job descriptions, responsibilities, and pay scales for positions within the community and is getting all the legislative ordinances and resolutions passed to complete this process.

Mr. Todd Dickerson, who has a contract with the village to pursue economic development in the village was present to give an update of his efforts on their behalf. He stated statistics for the created website northbaltimoresites.com, and said the pandemic has definitely slowed down activity.

The Council agreed to pay the County EMA for services rendered. This is based on a per capita fee.

The Council authorized the Finance Officer to enter into a software license agreement with Link Computer Corporation for the purchase of utility billing, customer information system, and collections management software.

The Council also supported a resolution affirming that funds received by the village under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act will be expended only on costs incurred specific to the act.

Village Council Calls for Special Meeting Tuesday

Public participation will be allowed……

The North Baltimore Village Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, July 28th at 6:15pm 

The agenda includes approval of equipment purchases, discussion of rules and procedures and planning sessions. 

A discussion on police banners will be held, as well as public participation. 

Downtown NB Beautification Group Plans Projects

We have identified 3 building facades that we would like to clean up and paint.  Our goal is 3 per year.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 @ 5pm, Bridge Fellowship Hall – parking lot off Tarr St behind the post office. 

This group of citizens is looking forward to sprucing up the downtown area hoping to refresh and spark interest in reviving our downtown area.
 
We have identified 3 building facades that we would like to clean up and paint.  Our goal is 3 per year.
 
The 200 N Main St. project is slated to begin the last week of July.  It’s our understanding 200 N Main St will be torn up up 2 to 3 weeks. We plan to power wash/paint the weekend of September 12, rain date September 19.
 
Also, looking to have trash cans painted. Would like trash cans to be uniform in design.
 
Please come and give your input and ideas.
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Sincerely,
Leisa Zeigler
Director
 
North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce
111 E. Broadway St., POB 284
North Baltimore, OH 45872
P: (419) 257-1916