UTICA — The village will have to pay about $9,000 in order to proceed with a project to rehabilitate 14 manholes in the sanitary sewer system and seal them against the inflow of stormwater into the system.

Village Administrator Glenn Richards said the village has $30,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for the project, but the bids came in high, at $42,266, of which the village’s share is. $9,927.

Some contingency money is available, but $9,000 is still needed. Richard recommended they go ahead. Council agreed he should go ahead and negotiate the contract, which it will still have to approve before the project can start.

The old brick manholes will be lined with concrete and then sealed with an epoxy coating.

Four of five items on the agenda simply received first reading. The one item council suspended the rules for and passed was a resolution “strongly urging the governor and members of the Ohio General Assembly to invest the state budget surplus in municipalities.”

Mayor Lester Grennell said he thought they should pass the resolution and send it on to the state as soon as possible.

“Maybe we can get a little of the money back they took away from us a few years ago,” he said.

The resolution was suggested by the Ohio Mayor’s Association.

Given first reading were:

•An ordinance establishing pay rates for the 15 full-time village employees. Grennell said the measure grants a cost of living increase of about 3 percent.

•A resolution directing the village fiscal officer to advertise for bids for village insurance.

•A resolution authorizing the mayor to enter the annual contract with the Licking Country Board of Commissioners for reimbursement of legal counsel for indigent defendants for the village.

•A resolution authorizing the village administrators to enter a contract with the Licking County Planning Commission for administration of flood damage prevention regulations for the village This is an annual contract.

•The Street Committee reported that 14 tons of asphalt have been used to patch potholes in the village and other 12 tons has been ordered.


Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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