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NB Village Administrator Report – Oct. 4

North Baltimore Village Administrator, Allyson Murray, presented her Village Administrator Report to Mayor Goldner, Council, Clerk and Legal Counsel at the Oct. 4, 2016 council meeting.

 Mayor Goldner, Council, Clerk and Legal Counsel

From:  Allyson Murray, Village Administrator

Date:  October 4, 2016

Village Administrator Report

  1. Meeting Review
  • Sept 21 –  Hancock-Wood Regional Managers Meeting in Bluffton @ 10:00am
  • Sept 21 –  Wood County Economic Development Lunch @ American Legion Noon
  • Sept 22 –  Meeting with North Baltimore Garden Club & Public Works @ 1:00pm
  • Sept 23 –  NB Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing 11:00am @ Birch Run
  • Sept 27 – Meeting with Eric Willman on Phone Service for Village
  • Sept 27 –  NB Planning Commission to meet at 5:30 pm in council chambers
  • Oct 3  –   Meeting with Benefit Strategies at 10:00am for Benefit Renewal
  • Oct 4 –    Public Hearing on Zoning Change at 399 Central Ave. @ 6:30pm
  • Oct 4 –    NB Council Meeting @ 7pm
  1. Upcoming Meetings:
  • Oct 10 –  Columbus Day Village Office will be closed
  • Oct 11 –  Committee of the Whole Meeting at 5:30pm in Council Chambers
  • Oct 13 –  Wood County Land Use Plan Steering Committee Meeting @ 6:00pm
  • Oct 18 –  Village Council Meeting at 7:00pm in Council Chambers
  1. Zoning Change Request – The Village Planning Commission met on Tuesday August 23, 2016 and heard the request from Sisters Junction  to have the zoning changed on parcel # F23-310-260314001000, commonly known as 399 Central Ave.  This property is currently zoned R-2 Medium Density Residential even though the property was home to at least 2 different retail establishments over the years.  Sisters Junction is requesting the zoning be changed to B-1 Neighborhood Business District in order to legally allow the Sisters Junction Antiques Retail Shop to operate at that address. The Planning Commission voted 5-0 to approve the change.

A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY OCTOBER 4, 2016 AT 6:30PM TO ALLOW THE PUBLIC A CHANCE TO ADDRESS THE PROPOSED ZONING CHANGE.

Ordinance 2016-__ amends the zoning for parcel # F23-310-260314001000, commonly known as 399 Central Ave. from R-2 Medium Density Residential to B-1 Neighborhood Business District.   More detailed information will be provided at the council meeting.

  1. Sewer Plant Headworks Project – The sewer plant headworks project is 95% complete. A walk-thru was held on Thursday September 29, 2016 to review the “punch-list”.  The electrical upgrade should occur mid-October as we are dependent on AEP when scheduling this.  A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Friday October 28, 2016 at 2:00pm so please join us to celebrate this exciting update to the village.
  1. Main Street Corridor – The Village will be going out for bid prior to the year’s end on the first phase of the downtown revitalization. This first phase will be the replacement of the waterline from State St., under the RR tracks to Broadway St.  The actual work on this project will begin in the spring of 2017.   The Village moved to the next round for our Phase II of this project in Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) funding when the committee met September 20, 2016.  Our Phase II project was selected to move forward in the review process.  This application was for monies to fund the waterline replacement from Broadway St. to Walnut St.  The village will receive notice on whether we receive the funds for Phase II prior to July of 2017.
  1. Leaf Bags & Leaf Pick UpThe village has leaf bags available now in the village office. Each property owner can pick up 10 leaf bags for free, after that they are sold in bundles of 5 bags for $1.  Property owners need to have their filled leaf bags curbside in front of their property in order to be picked up by the village and there cannot be anything other than leaves in the bags.  Any bags containing trash, yard waste, or grass clippings will not be picked up.  There is no set date for leaf pick up, but street dept. employees will pick them up as they see them.
  1. Halloween Parade – The annual Village Halloween Parade will take place on Saturday October 29, 2016 at 7:00pm.  This year’s theme will be “Hometown Heroes” as a tribute to our Police, Fire, EMS, and Military personnel.  Sign- up sheets are available in the Village Office.
  1. Village Facebook Page – The Village of North Baltimore now has a Facebook page where we will be keeping citizens informed of upcoming events, weather-related notices, delays, and other items of a professional nature. Check us out and “like” our page.
  1. Citizen request for sign – At the September 20, 2016 council meeting North Baltimore resident David Richmond stopped by to ask that council consider his request to have a street sign placed in the right of way (boulevard) in front of his home at 101 N. Tarr St.  Street Dept. Supervisor Doug Wickard worked with the county to obtain a sign that addressed the issue without requiring a change in the traffic map for the village.
  1. Amplex –Water Tower @ Grant Road – Amplex is scheduled to begin installation of its equipment on the village Water Tower on Grant Road sometime this week.  This collaboration has taken nearly 2 years to come to fruition but now with this equipment on the tower the communications capabilities between the Sheriffs’ Dept. and our safety forces will be much improved.
  1. Municipal Building Communications Tower – The excavation for the communications tower at the municipal building is scheduled to begin this week (weather dependent).   Once the foundation has been poured, it needs to cure for 10 days then the date will be set for the tower installation.  The tower parts will be assembled in the village lot next to the RR tracks and brought down the street then raised with a crane and set in place.  Once a date is scheduled for this installation, council will be notified.
  1. Demolition and Clean-Up of Beckett St Shed – The NB Street Dept. worked last week on the demolition and clean-up of an old shed located on Beckett St.  The home that was located on this lot was raised by the village back in 2014 but the shed was not included in the project at that time.  NB Police received numerous complaints about the shed with regard to possible drug activity and squatting.  The Street Dept. worked with Patterson Sanitation to demolish and haul more than 2 ton of debris from this site.
  1. Garden Club Flowerbed Move – Street Dept. Supervisor Doug Wickard met with representatives from the NB Garden Club to address issues with the sign and flowerbed located on SR 18 across from Old Maplewood Cemetery.  Plans were made to work with the Garden Club members to make this flowerbed more easily accessible for the club members.  This move will take place in the next few weeks.
  1. Tiles Moved from Ballpark area  –  The cement tiles located near the low land baseball field that were left over from the sewer separation project have been properly disposed of.  Village employees from the Street Dept. loaded and hauled the tile to Portage, Ohio for disposal.
  1. Advertise Vacancy in Dispatch – One of the NB Police Dispatchers has given his two week notice as he has been hired at the county.  Chief Baer would like to advertise for this vacancy.  This is a part-time position that pays $8.10 per hour.

Proposed Motion:  Recommendation to allow the village administrator to advertise for the vacancy in dispatch.

  1. EMS Employees – EMS Chief Will Matthes has requested to hire Mrs. Becky Walter as an EMS volunteer with Intermediate Certification.  In this capacity, Mrs. Walter would be paid $12 per call when she is called out in a volunteer capacity.  The Chief would also like to recommend Mr. Scott Kaminski for hire as an Intermediate EMT being paid $11.50 per hour.  The form F-19a for both applicants is included in the council packet.

Proposed Motion:  Recommendation to hire Mrs. Becky Walter as a volunteer Intermediate EMT at $12 per run and to hire Mr. Scott Kaminski as a Part-time Intermediate EMT at $11.50 per hour.

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