By Evelyn Long
June 10, 2014
During its 37-minute meeting on May 19, Cardington Village council approved an ordinance authorizing the appropriation and supplemental appropriations. This ordinance establishes the permissive tax fund requested by the auditor.
In other matters, a total of $54,019.17 in bills was approved for payment.
Fiscal Officer Deb Fry brought several of the payments to the attention of council. Included was the payment to Boe Christian in the amount of $3,262.50, balance of payment for the Evidence Room addition contract; $15,901.50 to Farmers Citizens Bank, the semi-annual payment for street building mortgage; $1,400 to Dave Gompf for tree stump removal (PO from 2013); $1,300 to Government Accounting Solutions for utility billing software annual support; and $2,028.50 to the treasurer of state for 2012 audit-partial payment. Revenue for the full month of May, 2014 totaled $103,536.00 compared to the full month of May, 2013, $151,636.95. The higher figure from 2013 basically came from the higher revenue from the water and wastewater payments.
Fry said the audit continues and the last day was to be May 15 after which they will work remotely. Estimated time of completion was June 4, 2014. She was also informed that the estimated cost of this audit was to be amended with the final amount increased. They were to have a post-audit conference to explain their findings.
She told council she had been notified that the tax abatement for the Steck property used by the village as a parking area has been approved by the state who will reimburse the village for the taxes paid for the last three years - plus interest.
Council gave a third reading and approval of a resolution notifying the State of Ohio Department of Natural Resources Nature Works program of the village’s inability to proceed with /complete the Maxwell Park Outdoor recreation improvement project.
Morris presented information he had obtained concerning the purchase of two picnic tables for Heimlich Park, each six feet long, a regular one for $857 plus shipping and the ADA approved one for $922 plus shipping. An ADA approved table will also be purchased for Maxwell Park.
The motion for the purchase of these tables included the purchase of four inches of rubber mulch for Heimlich Park at a cost of $5,585. Morris pointed out the money for these purchases was coming from the Delaware Foundation and not the village’s budget. It will leave about $5,000 in the account. Council approved these purchases.
A Tidy Tim quote for the rental of four Porta Pots for both the Heimlich and Maxwell Parks was approved. Morris said the price quoted was $1,380 and includes one for the handicapped and a regular at each park. The porta pots will be available from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Council accepted the resignation of Jon Smith from the Cardington-Lincoln Joint Recreation Board and in a separate resolution approved the mayor’s recommendation of Charity Edwards as the village representative to the C-L Joint Recreation Board.
Fire Chief Gary Goodman said the department had made 94 runs this year and all the fire trucks have been serviced.
Village Administrator Danny Wood said pot holes had been patched in the village during the past two weeks; catch basins cleaned; streets swept, brush chipped and stumps ground and cleaned up. A tree was planted in Heimlich Park for Arbor Day and Cheyenne Marteney had received the Tree City Award for the village. Fry was in attendance at the ceremony. Annual maintenance on the village’s generators has been completed with local bank tests yet to be performed. “Welcome to Cardington” banners have been hung in the downtown area. The rest rooms in the American Legion Park have been readied for the summer and opened to the public.
He said this year six 30- yard dumpsters were used for the Spring clean up. Krock Esser is currently working on the GPS mapping of the water valves, meter pits and fire hydrants.
He explained that he had negotiated with Ringlers for hauling of the sludge and the village will pay $25 per ton for dry sludge and $100 per ton for shipping. He noted this is reduced from the $62 plus shipping the village had been paying. In comparison, earlier it was costing the village $1,000 per load compared to the new cost of $350 per load. He said two new water proof dumpsters will be purchased by Ringlers for the village’s use. They have requested that a contract be entered into with them by the village in order to enact this action. Wood will have all information at the next meeting.
Fry, Village Manager, said the welcome banners are in and hung. She was assisted by Debbie Westbrook on this project who did a very nice job with the design.
She said she and Mayor Peyton had attended the Marion Area Safety Council meeting on May 14 where they received an award for having no accidents and injuries during the past year.
Mayor Peyton thanked voters for passing the levies in the May 6 election.
Council adjourned the regular meeting at 7:37 pm and entered into executive session based on ORC 121.22(G)(2) and ORC 121.22(G)(3).
Council returned to regular session at 8:20 pm and adjourned at 8:21 pm.