CENTERBURG — The Del-Co water cut-off date, when service will change over to Del-Co, has been pushed back to Oct. 29.

The delay, Mayor Dave Beck explained at Wednesday’s village council meeting, is due to “issues getting roof materials” for the new valve station. Information regarding sewer and water billing will be sent out to village residents within the next week or so, Village Clerk Teri James said. Council member Rusty Griffith said that Del-Co is working to contact about 150 people who have yet to turn in the appropriate paperwork.

In old business, funding for the Community Memorial Park was discussed. Mark Shepherd, a concerned citizen, shared his views on the matter during the citizen comments portion of the meeting. Council discussed putting together an ad hoc committee to speak with Liberty, Milford and Hillar townships about possible solutions to the funding issues that Hilliar Township Trustee Don McCracken brought before village council at the August meeting. Also in old business, the resolution to accept the 2019 tax rates was passed as an emergency after waving the three readings. The resolution was unable to be voted on at the September meeting because not enough council members were present. October’s meeting was specifically moved from Monday to Wednesday Oct. 3 in order to accommodate Council member schedules for the vote.

In new business, a resolution authorizing Village Administrator Joe Hardin to prepare and submit application to participate in the Ohio works commission state capital improvement program as well as to local transportation programs was passed as an emergency after waving the three readings. If a grant were to be awarded, it would allow for the “total reconstruction of Ewing Street between Main Street and Houck Street,” which would include “a widening of that street to allow for two sided parking, parallel on one [side], angled on the other … and also it would add widening of Main Street between Ewing Street and Preston Street, to allow for more parking spots to be added on the north side of Main,” Hardin said. The project would cost an estimated $317,000 and the grant’s local share contribution, if awarded, would require the village to pay 16 percent, $50,720.

“That amount would go down should this project actually go to construction, go into bid and come in under that $317,000,” Hardin said. “So that amount shouldn’t go up, you know, unless for some reason that project would be bid well over that $317,000.”

Receiving a first reading was:

•An ordinance for employee health insurance, which, if the current health insurance plan for employees with medical mutual continues to be used will see an increase of 10.39 percent.

•An ordinance to amend the 2018 budget and appropriations, which James explained helps the village catch up on bills at the end of the year that “we haven’t already had an opportunity to change.” The village does this once a year, James said, with the auditor.

•An ordinance to amend 2019 budget and appropriations, which provided broken down line items of what council already approved when voting on the 2019 budget.

•An ordinance for 2019 employee compensation. James explained that the village has continued to have a lot of overtime, “and that’s a real concern, especially when the water fund goes away.” Cost of living adjustment is anticipated to be around 3 percent this year, James explained, though final estimates of cost of living won’t be shared until Oct. 11.

•A revised ordinance for sewer rates, which will go into effect Jan. 1. The sewer rates were already passed by council but the ordinance did not yet have final numbers included in the wording. The ordinance was never published due to lack of final numbers not being included until the September meeting. Legally the ordinance has to be published before it takes effect and so, the amended ordinance, fully filled out with the sewer rates, will need to be passed again by November so that it can take effect on the first of the year.

Also discussed during round table discussion was:

•The Central Ohio Joint Fire District open house, ground breaking and chili cook-off, which will be held Sunday Oct. 21. The ground breaking ceremony for the new fire house will be promptly at 1 p.m. and will be followed by an open house and chili cook-off. To enter the chili cook-off, or for more information contact Phil Lohmeyer at 740-625-5646 or by email at plohmeyer@cojfd.org.

•A meeting between Beck, Hardin and the Area Development Foundation to discuss downtown revitalization in county villages and downtown renovations in Centerburg.

•Hardin said that leaf pick-up scheduling is weather dependent and more information will be available at the November meeting.

Council went into executive session to discuss possible litigation. No action was taken.

 

Callan Pugh: 740-397-5333 or callan@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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