by Sue Miklovic
The Village Council of North Baltimore met Tuesday evening at 5:30pm, in Council Chambers. Member Leisa Zeigler was absent.
During the Public Participation portion of the meeting, Village resident Mr. Lee Holloway inquired about the status of his on-going drainage problem on a piece of land he owns on Eagleville Road, just east of Poe Road.
The situation is still unresolved after months of effort to find the correct solution. Part of the problem lies with who is responsible for the fix—the village or Henry Township. It appears the village is closer to a solution, and that it will be acceptable to Mr. Holloway. Several council members have gone to the area in question, and visibly seen the water flowing through the pipe, to the creek, which is what it should be doing. There seems to be some tree debris in the swale area which could be contributing to the situation. Councilman Aaron Patterson said, “We are trying to find a long-term solution to this problem” Mr. Holloway replied, “I will be really happy if we get the trees cleaned out”.
Various Standing Committees shared updates from their recent meetings. Issues mainly seemed to relate to planning estimated budgets for projected expenditures for several necessary services and equipment.
Several ordinances were introduced and given their usual reading, as is protocol.
Some highlights related to the ordinances:
*A new street sweeper will be purchased this year. Street Sweeping is mandatory, due to an Environmental Protection Agency ruling. The village has been setting aside the money to pay for this expensive piece of equipment. It will cost over $224,000.
* The council authorized the Village Administrator to enter an agreement with the Water-related loan sources for planning the design of a 500,000 gallon water tower facility for the village. This is for the design ONLY, and a zero percent interest loan has been awarded for the project, at an estimated cost of $100,000. If and when the village decides to move ahead with the construction phase, a different ordinance will need to be presented to council.
*An ordinance was introduced for the NB American Legion to contract with the village for the purpose of maintaining the Boy Scout House at the Village Park. The Legion sponsors the Boy Scouts.
*A small piece of property is being donated to the village by the owner. The village already owns the adjacent property. The property being donated is only 5 feet wide and the village will accept the donation.
*The language of the Policy for tying into the Village Storm Sewer will be amended after the ordinance receives final approval. Changes were previously discussed at Committee of the Whole meetings.
The Village Administrator reminded everyone of the upcoming FEMA Natural Hazard Mitigation meeting for Wood County which will take place in North Baltimore, at the Council Chambers in the Village Hall on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 1:00pm.
Ms. Murray also reminded everyone of the Required softball/baseball Field Meeting on TUESDAY, February 27th at 6:00pm at Village Hall. Anyone who wants to use the facilities this upcoming season needs to attend.
The next Village Council meeting is Tuesday, March 6 at 5:30pm at Village Hall.
The next public Neighborhood Revitalization Grant meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 13th at 7:00pm. NOTICE: The meeting will be held at Hancock-Wood Electric.