NB Village Council Meeting Notes

Village Council plenty busy wrapping up end-of-the-year business……

by Sue Miklovic

The North Baltimore Village Council met for their first meeting of December last Tuesday, December 3rd. Councilman Ty Carles was absent. All other members were present.

Under “Public Participation” two NBHS choir members, Mason Byrd and Rhiannon Powell, were present along with their Choir  Director Emily Meyerson, to seek permission to hold public Christmas caroling in front of the NB Fire Department next Sunday evening. Caroling will take place for approximately 30 minutes at 7:00pm on December 15th.

Mason Byrd and Rhiannon Powell seek permission from the Council to host Christmas caroling in front of the NB Fire Dept. on Sunday evening.


Hot chocolate will be served to all participants by the NB Music Boosters. The Public is invited to participate and to bring donations, if possible, of personal products to donate to those in need locally.

News from the Village Finance Officer, Tony Swartz included:

~Introduction of the 2020 Appropriations and a comparison with the 2019 Appropriations to be discussed at the next meeting.

~ The annual Rates and Amounts resolution that confirms tax rates for the inside millage as well as road levy and Fire Truck Debt levy.

~Introduction of an ordinance for a depository agreement with Huntington Bank which will replace the current, about to expire agreement.

~Introduction of an ordinance to establish an additional investment account with StarOhio. It is a liquid (money in-money out) investment available daily. “Many communities use this fund. It’s better than not earning any interest on the money in our accounts” said Mr. Swartz. (Editor’s note: The NB Local Schools use the Star Ohio fund as well)

~The on-line bill pay, credit card payment, and emailing of bills services will hopefully be available  in January 2020.

News from the Village Administrator Mr. Brillhart included updates of the various stages of the various grants the Village is now working on, including participating in the application process for a new grant offered by the Wood County Park District.

~Still waiting on streetlights for 100 N. Main project.

~Still having difficulty with responses and communication with CSX representatives for on-going problems.

Mayor Goldner gave information to council members for an upcoming Sunshine Law training for those who need to take it.

The Council hired two part-time Police Officers, starting immediately–Joshua Cluley and Cameron Tsolis.

The Council approved the purchase of new handguns, rifles, and shotgun with payment coming from the Drug Enforcement Fund.

The next meeting is “Committee of the Whole”on December 10th.

 

 

Community Christmas Tree Lighting

Help welcome the Christmas season to North Baltimore-Sunday night at 7:00 pm………….

Sunday evening December 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm you can help welcome the Christmas season to North Baltimore. Bring some non-perishable food items to share with the food pantry if you can, and join in the fun of seeing the Community Tree light up at 123 East Broadway.

For more info:  www.thebridgeub.com

Special Village Council Meeting Tuesday

5:30 pm, November 26th……

The Village Council will hold a special meeting at the Council Chambers on Tuesday, November 26th, at 5:30pm.

The purpose of the meeting is to consider the appointment of a council member to fill the vacant seat on the Council. Councilman Art Patterson resigned his seat earlier this month and the vacancy is required to be filled within 30 days.

Application deadline for interested persons was November 22nd.

Village Council Meeting November 5

Councilman Art Patterson resigns seat. Council searching for a replacement. Village is holding a surplus inventory auction on Saturday, November 16th….

By Sue Miklovic

The Village Council of North Baltimore held their first meeting of November last Tuesday on Election Day.

Prior to the council meeting, there was a special meeting held for the purpose of a requested zoning change, which is to be continued.

Mayor Goldner introduced NBHS Student Representative to Council, Mali Combs who was present for her first meeting and jumped in with both feet, voting and asking questions.

Mali Combs, NBHS Junior, Student Representative to Village Council
Leisa Zeigler. Ty Carles, Mali Combs, Joel Kuhlman, Mayor Janet Goldner

 

During Public Participation, village resident Bonnie Knaggs commented on the torn “Tree City USA” flag hanging on the fence at the east end of Reservoir 2 and asked about the water on the road in front of Reservoir 2. Council and the Mayor shared they are aware of both situations and working on solutions.

Councilman Aaron Patterson presented a letter of resignation from his brother Councilman Arthur Patterson.  Mr. Patterson thanked the village for “Allowing me the opportunity to help better our community. It has been a privilege to be a part of this team and work alongside the mayor and all the council members in making sure the community has a strong foundation” Mayor Goldner accepted the letter “with regret”. Council has thirty days to name a replacement to fill the seat. Mr. Brillhart was asked to advertise the position for two weeks.

Councilman Art Patterson being sworn in to office by Mayor Janet Goldner in January 2018. 

 

In other business:

~Finance officer Tony Swartz reported he and Councilwoman Leisa Zeigler attended the Auditor of State Exit Conference to review the draft copy of the village’s 2017/2018 audit. He reported nearly all the issues have already been corrected or will be corrected before year-end. He also shared a successful test of the online payment system has been completed and it is closer to going live. He is continuing to work on planned expenditures and revenue projections for the 2020 budget.

~Village Administrator Michael Brillhart gave an update of the status of the village grants in progress. He also shared he is in contact with the CSX Central maintenance office in Willard, Ohio concerning needed improvements at various crossing locations.

~The Village is holding a surplus inventory auction on Saturday, November 16th at 9:00 am at the Public Works garage. Payment is by CASH or CHECK ONLY!

~Appointed Legal Counsel Joel Kuhlman gave an update from his recent ongoing communications with the Wood County Commissioners concerning the Water Street bridge and the Broadway bridge. He was told the county Engineers office has a list of bridges needing fixed and that ODOT has a “Bridge project” for grants.

~The EMS requested hiring a new EMT-Noah Scapura, part-time, beginning November 5th. (The October EMS, Fire, and Police Reports are found in a separate article on this website)

~Under new business, a potential public safety concern was identified related to parking in the South Second Street-Reineke Dealership area. This will be discussed further at the Committee of the Whole meeting.

PUBLIC NOTICE: Vacant Position on Village Council

A Vacancy was created when Council received a notice of resignation from current Village Council member Arthur Patterson III at last Tuesday’s meeting…..

The North Baltimore Mayor, Janet L. Goldner and Village Council have received a notice of resignation from current Village Council member Arthur Patterson III.

Official Notice:

In accordance with Sections 733.31 and 731.43 of the Ohio Revised Code, please be advised that interested persons are hereby notified of a vacancy on North Baltimore Village Council beginning November 4, 2019, and which shall be filled by appointment by the Council of the Village no later than December 4, 2019.

Interested candidates should forward a letter of interest and current resume to Mayor Janet L. Goldner at 205 North Main Street, North Baltimore, Ohio 45872 no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2019.  Resumes may also be emailed to nbadmin@northbaltimore.net by that date and time.

Interested candidates will be asked to appear at a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday November 26, 2019 at 5:30 pm to express their desire to fulfill the remainder of the unexpired council term.  Council will vote to appoint a citizen to the vacant seat at the Village Council Meeting on Tuesday December 3, 2019 at 5:30 pm.

The successful candidate must have the following minimal qualifications:

  • Must be a resident of the Village of North Baltimore, Ohio for a minimum of one year at the time of application.
  • Must be an elector of the Village of North Baltimore, Ohio.
  • Shall not hold any other public office.

North Baltimore Council must fill the vacancy within 30 days of the resignation (December 4, 2019).

Any citizen who is interested in the open council position must send their letter of interest by Friday, November 22nd. Applicants will then appear at the November 26th, Special Council Meeting (5:30 pm) to express to council why they are interested in the open position. At the December 3rd council meeting there will be a vote to appoint someone to fill the open council seat for the remainder of that term (expires December 31, 2021).

Village: Trick or Treat to Go On as Scheduled

After having concerns about changing Trick or Treat,…

TEXT MESSAGE FROM VILLAGE

After having concerns about changing Trick or Treat, we have decided to keep it at the scheduled time and date.

Trick or Treat will be October 31 from 6:00pm – 7:30 pm

Public Hearing – Zoning Change

“Change of Zoning Classification” on property located at 0 Richardson Street

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice of Public Hearing before the North Baltimore Village Council

Change of Zoning Classification Request

 

A Public Hearing will be held at the Village Hall, 205 N. Main Street – North Baltimore, Ohio,45872 on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

This Hearing is necessary to take action on a request from Theresa Kim for a “Change of Zoning Classification” on property located at 0 Richardson Street (parcel #F23-310-360112026000; parcel #F23-310-360112027000; parcel #F23-310-360112028000) North Baltimore, Ohio. This site is currently vacant and the request is a proposed change of the Zoning District designation from R-2, Medium Density Residential to B-2, General Business.

This property is located across the street from the Lock-It-Up-Storage complex on Richardson Street.

The public is invited to attend the Public Hearing. Further information regarding this proposed “Change of Zoning Classification” can be obtained from the North Baltimore Village Office.

Village Council Met Last Tuesday

Nine firms interested in engineering the 200 block project……

by Sue Miklovic

The third meeting of the month was held last Tuesday, October 15th. Council members Ty Carles and Art Patterson were both absent. 

Village Business owner Kyle Jordan addressed the Council concerning cracked and uneven concrete in front of the building he and his wife own at 108 N. Main Street. He is concerned it could cause a tripping hazard or be slippery when it snows, if it is not repaired. He was assured that the company that just built the new curbs and sidewalks in the 100 block of North Main Street will be back to deal with any issues that arise. 

Finance Officer Tony Swartz talked briefly about some un-cashed payroll checks. “Some of them are a few years old, like from firemen who never cashed them after going on fire runs” he said. They will be reissued. He also shared that the State of Ohio is willing to provide an in-person report from the recent audit they completed if the Council wants it, versus just a written report. Mr. Swartz also reported that electronic billing/online bill pay is almost ready to begin for anyone who prefers this option for their water bill.

Village Administrator Michael Brillhart shared that the third phase of the 100 block of North Main Street project is underway with street light poles and traffic signal poles being fabricated for installation in early 2020. Mr. Brillhart explained, “This ODOT grant requires the poles be made in the USA using steel made in the USA, so there is a waiting time for them to be made. They will match the light poles at the roundabout. It was discussed and agreed upon by the council members present that if the village plans to “match” the poles for the 200 block project also, they should get the fabrication project started soon, and  seriously consider ordering a  couple of “spares”so they have them on hand in case of damage, destruction, accidents, etc.

There was also a discussion about the 200 block grant project. “Nine firms expressed interest in the design phase process” said Brillhart, “who are quality-based selection firms, according to ODOT standards.” This grant is funded by the Ohio Public Works Commission.

The Public Utilities Committee Chair, Aaron Patterson, Administrator Brillhart, and Utilities Director Brian Roberts all requested that the Bulk water/Commercial water rate proposed ordinance be tabled until the Nov. 19th council meeting. It still needs a little tweaking.

An ordinance was passed at the meeting, amending a section of the codified ordinance, establishing conditions for consideration of the allowance of adjustment to the water bill in the case of water leakage. 

The Council adjourned to Executive session “to consider the purchase of property” No action was expected to follow. 

The next meeting is November 5, 2019, which is also Election Day.

 

FRA Seeking Applicants for Partnership Grants

Maybe the Village of NB should make application?

FRA Seeking Applicants for Partnership Grants

by csanders429

The Federal Railroad Administration is seeking applicants for its next round of state of good repair grants.

The agency said it has $396 million in grant funding for the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Partnership Program.

The grants can be used to “fund projects that repair, replace or rehabilitate qualified railroad assets to reduce the state of good repair backlog and improve intercity passenger rail performance,” the FRA said.

Eligible applications will have projects that may include track, ballast, switches and interlockings, bridges, communication and signal systems, power systems, grade crossings, station buildings, support systems, signage, track and platform areas, passenger cars, locomotives, maintenance-of-way equipment, yards, terminal areas, and maintenance shops.

The FRA said the Partnership Program grants are intended to benefit publicly or Amtrak-owned or controlled passenger rail infrastructure, equipment, and facilities in rural and urban American communities.

In reviewing applications, the FRA said it will consider how projects support key objectives, including enhancing economic vitality; leveraging federal funding; using innovative approaches to improve safety and expedite project delivery; and holding grant recipients accountable for achieving specific, measurable outcomes.

The federal share of a project’s total costs must not exceed 80 percent with preference being given to projects in which the proposed federal share is 50 percent percent or less.

The deadline for grant applications is Dec. 9.