By Sue Miklovic
Last Tuesday, December 10th, the Village Council met for the Committee of the Whole meeting, where they discussed ideas and plans and expenses, and problems and solutions, and frustrations, and anything else they wanted to hypothesize or prognosticate about. The meeting is chaired by Council President, who is Mr. Matt Beegle for 2019.
What they don’t do at the C.O.T.W. is vote on anything. That will possibly happen at next week’s meeting.
Here’s what they chatted about:
~Recent repairs to the clarifiers at the Water Treatment Plant has allowed two of them to be back on-line. They need 2 to 3 weeks to “cure”
~Brian Roberts shared some interesting information on the possible construction of a building to be used for the purpose of drying lime sludge. He is testing some methods to remove water from the sludge. If it can be made relatively dry, it would cost considerably less to haul it away when necessary.
~During a recent ODNR inspection there was conversation about updating the Village’s Flood Plain maps. There also was mention that they liked the crushed concrete around the banks of the reservoirs.
~There was discussion of the 5 year Capital Improvement program. Also potential grant programs available for funding dump-truck purchase.
~Some of the Village Park cameras still need hooked up/wired.
~Kudos to the NB Fire Department. They collected $1745.00, 13 boxes of Toys, and 3 bikes for the Toys for Tots Program.
~Oberlander Tree Service will be back in town soon doing some tree cutting and stump removal.
~The Village plans to use some Blanket Purchase order/Payments in 2020, which was something not previously used. They are usually good for 90 days only, although some can be for the entire year.
~Councilman Tim Engard said, “I would like to thank Doug Wickard for getting lights running near the Police Department and for getting the lights turned on the theater marquee. It really helps a lot” The Village is still waiting for the new poles that are being fabricated for the recent 100 block of Main Street project.