It was pretty much “business as usual” at the October 18th Village Council meeting last week, with the approval of paying bills, presenting of administrative reports, and announcement of upcoming events.
Here are a few highlights:
*The Council welcomed NBHS Student Noah Pelton as Student Representative. He is a Junior at North Baltimore High School and an Eagle Scout.
*A Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the completion of the Sewer Plant Headworks Project is scheduled for next Friday, October 28 at 2:00pm. It will be held at the treatment Plant unless there is rainy weather, in which case it will be held at Council Chambers.
*”Leaf Bag Pick up “ is available for village residents. Each property owner can pick up 10 leaf bags for free, and can purchase additional bags at a cost of 5/$1. Filled bags are to be placed at the FRONT of the property in order to be picked up by the village. A reminder was given that only leaves are to be in the bags. Bags containing trash, yard waste, grass clippings, etc. will not be picked up. There are no set days scheduled for pick up. The Street Department employees will pick them up as they see them.
*Amplex has begun installation of its equipment on the village water tower on Grant Road.
*The Municipal Building Communications Tower is in the process of being installed. The tower is being assembled in the village lot by the railroad tracks, and then will be moved down the street and put in place with a crane. There was some disagreement with where the radio equipment boxes for the tower should be located in the municipal building. Village Administrator explained that due to Wood County building codes, the boxes would have required $5000 of additional upgrades and reinforcement of the walls, to put them in another location besides where they ended up.
*Bugner’s Sewer and Septic cleaning will be cleaning catch basins on the South end of the village, beginning sometime after October. The North end was completed in 2015. A 2- year rotating maintenance schedule will hopefully be put into place, to prevent damage to the storm sewers.
* A new EMT, Michael Heider was hired.
* Quite a bit of time was spent hammering out the details to some changes in the Solicitors Permit Ordinance. Solicitors/Peddlers need to have a permit from the village in order to go door-to-door, and must follow the 10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday guidelines. Other details of the requirement are available at the Village.
*Village Solicitor Mr Chet Marcin has indicated he will retire at the end of 2016. He has served North Baltimore with legal services for 40+ years. The council took action to begin the process of finding a replacement.
*Several grant projects which are parts of Projects- in- Action for 2017 were discussed. They mostly have to do with Downtown paving, streetscape, water/sewer line improvement.
*Henry Township Trustee John Stewart was present to give council encouragement and support for the Joint District EMS project. After the NB Council meeting, the Public Safety Committee, the Mayor, the Village Administrator, and others were making an EMS presentation to Jackson Township.
* Holly Emahiser, head of the Finance and Technology Standing Committee, questioned Council about their willingness to participate in the Ohio Check book (OhioCheckbook.com)program, which places the village checkbook on-line so that anyone interested can see where it’s money is being spent. The program provides an alphabetical list of checks written and the dollar amount . After a brief discussion Councilwoman Leslee Thompson said, ”Let’s do it” After a motion and second, council voted 4-2 in favor of participating in this program.