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.
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.