Cardington Council approves wastewater project contract
By Evelyn Long -
When Cardington Village council met in regular session on November 5, 2012, members accepted the recommendation of the village administrator, Danny Wood, to accept the bid of Peterson Construction Company, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, for the waste water treatment plant project and authorized the administrator and fiscal officer to enter into a contract. Two engineers were present from Poggemeyer Engineering.
In other matters, council gave a second reading to an resolution designating and authorizing the village manager, to accept the appointment of Village Manager John Gersper as the village’s representative to the Morrow County Regional Planning Commission.
Council also gave unanimous support to the Whetstone Creek Watershed Balance Growth plan. It was noted it may be a way to help fund the Maxwell Park.
Giving reports were the Acting Police Chief, Robert Huston and the Village Administrator, Danny Wood.
Huston said that 416 traffic warnings and 284 citations have been issued since January 1, 2012. The department provided security for Meet the Candidates meeting at the
Cardington-Lincoln High School on October 15, 2012. Officer Kiefer has completed a course in tactical communication and on October 27, 2012, the police department assisted with Trick or Treat night in the village. That same evening they assisted with the Friends of Cardington Halloween party.
Wood said his department had conducted leaf removal and started crack sealing.
The Kenny Lane project has been completed and a broken curb valve has been replaced at 221 West Main Street using the VAC truck. A strip of broken pavement has been repaired in front of the fire house. The village flower boxes have been picked up and stored for the winter. The restroom have been winterized in the Legion Park. A two-inch service line to the former Stahl building had been shut off after a break in their service line. Again, the VAC truck was used. A water leak was also repaired on Washington Street, where 200,000 gallons of water were being lost.
Fiscal Officer Gersper said that at the next meeting he will have information for a permanent budget and some changes in the permanent appropriations for this year to accommodate the sewer treatment plant project.
An ordinance authorizing the mayor and fiscal officer to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police for assessment services was turned down.
During discussion before the vote, the mayor said the list of ten possible candidates for the position of police chief had been submitted to each council member with the anticipation the list would be narrowed to six and those six would eventually be re– viewed by council. Prior to that review an assessment team of police chiefs would meet with council first and anyone on the police department who did not apply for the position — they are interested in what we want and are looking for. They will give us a copy of the agenda and an assessment of what they have found and will spend several hours making that assessment and letting us know what they find, she said. They would not make the selection. They are merely doing an assessment for us of the six, said Peyton. The cost would be $5200. Speaking in favor of it was council man Richard Caldwell. Speaking against it was Council member Tim Abraham who said “We were elected to make such appointments.” He also questioned the spending of $5200. Voting against it were Abraham, Vickie Wise and Randy Fox. Voting in favor were councilmen Richard Garner, Caldwell and Sherry Graham. Peyton broke the tie and voted in favor of it but because it was an ordinance and required the suspending of the rules, a vote of five was needed, there fore it was defeated. Peyton and council set a date of November 8 at 5:30pm to review the candidates for the position.
Fiscal Officer Gersper said a new copier is being considered.
Vivian Owens of 207 East Main Street, was present to inquire as to the steps to close an alley, specifically an alley at 205 Nichols Street. She said the alley has not been used for over 70 years. Jim Dietz, village solicitor, advised her to try to get the signatures of the nine property owners adjoining the alley. He said he and Scott Hines, zoning inspector, would look into it. Owens said she has been able to contact only three of the property owners thus far. Dietz said the legal process has to be followed and that requires the signatures to be brought to council.
Bills approved for payment totaled $47,744.82.
A 30-minute executive session was held 31 minutes into the meeting based on ORC 121.22 (G)(3). The regular meeting reconvened at 8:02 and adjourned at 8:30 pm. The next council meeting will be held Nov. 19 at 7 pm.