Water bill issue is continuing project for Cardington council
By Evelyn Long –
Cardington Village Council heard another complaint related to high water charges when they met in regular session March 19.
Robert McCoy, Midland Avenue, said the raises the past two years have affected him because “people on fixed incomes cannot afford this. I would like to hear what is behind this.”
Mayor Susie Peyton asked Village Administrator Tom Reynolds to explain the reasons for the higher bills. Reynolds explained that it can be caused by “debt, operation fees, and improvement not subsidized by income tax.”
McCoy asked “why is the debt our responsibility when we weren’t here when you acquired the debt?” He added that “we can’t afford our medication now.”
Mayor Susie Peyton said because of the economy, other villages are facing the same situation but, “We are looking into it constantly.” She said she had met with several engineers that very morning who suggested there may be grants available to help the village with its water– sewer debt.
Also speaking during Community Participation was Jean Smith, East Main Street, who thanked street department employees Cheyenne Matheney for putting up the pole so “we could make the Blue Bird count. She also thanked Bob Mermann and Ron Carsner, the latter for donating the bolts for the project.
Jim Rowland, who is with the Friends of Cardington, said the community festival will be held June 23 from 11 am to 6 pm. Rain date is July 14. He said there will be music, games and other events that day and asked for council’s help in preparing for the event.
During council’s meeting Fiscal Officer, Deb DiLeo reviewed the Permanent Appropriations Ordinance for fiscal year ending December 31, 2012. She pointed out that the property taxes are down. She had compared what they collected in 2011 to 2012 and said the first half collection is down by $15,000 and manufactured homes have decreased, too. She made several department adjustments accordingly, she said. Council adopted the ordinance.
Also adopted was an ordinance authorizing the administrator and fiscal officer to enter into an agreement with Poggemeyer Design Group, Inc. For engineering services.
An ordinance accepting the renewal of Health Insurance with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield was also adopted. This ordinance included a reinsurrance plan with the Standard Life and Accident Insurance Company. This policy is effective April 1. The deductible was raised to $5,000 to keep the premium the same.
Council adopted a resolution accepting the online bid for the sale of the village’s 2006 Crown Victoria police car for $2,275.
A second reading was given an ordinance adopting Standard Operating Procedures for the Police Department.
Also approved was an ordinance authorizing the mayor and fiscal officer to enter into an agreement with Krock Esser Engineering, Inc for engineering services.
An ordinance amending the subdivider’s agreement with Morrow County Habitat for Humanity to subdivide the development of 3.078 acres was approved. This is related to the Kenny Subdivision where Habitat will pay for the grading of the remaining street bed, install the necessary street material and prepare and construct a T-turna-round, and extend the existing curbs across the entirety of the street frontage of certain lots. In addition, guardrails and ballasts will be added. Habitat will deposit $3,000 in the village’s construction review account for the purposes of construction management administration and inspection of the proposed extension. Reynolds said Habitat is receiving a grant.
Acting Police Chief Robert Huston reported that year to date warning by his department total 139 with 50 citations.
The department has purchased two new Ohio revised code books at a cost of $39 each, he said. He also noted that on March 15 he and Lt. Wallace, Officer Stoica and Officer Calicoat attended a free seminar in Columbus.
Village Administrator Reynolds, giving his last report before leaving this position for another similar one in Wisconsin said the street department had made curb repair, swept roads, patched pot holes and trimmed trees. The water department had answered questions about water and sewer rates, changed to old meters and the sewer department had made a sludge pour.
He has received calls about the Kinsell building requesting information and tours.
The Peoples Fund grant for Maxwell Park Shelter House has been submitted and the water supply loan fund application has been submitted.
He had received word that Cardington has been named a Tree City U.S.A for the 30th year. There will also be an Arbor Day observance this year, he said.
Reynolds specifically thanked the council, the staff, the three mayors he had worked with — Vickie Wise, Mills Poorman and Peyton, and Danny (Wood), Debbie DiLeo, Acting Police Chief Huston, Fire Chief Jim Ullom, engineer Dan Mount, Jim Rowland and Evelyn Long.
Council adjourned to an executive session at the close of the session based on ORC 121.22 (G) (1) At the close of the two hour executive session, council resumed its regular meeting and approved the appointment of Danny Wood as Acting Village administrator. Council adjourned this session at 9:43 pm and after reconvening they adjourned at 9:45 pm.
An excused absence was given Councilwoman Sherry Graham from this meeting.
Council will meet next on April 2, 2012 at 7 pm.