Customers of the Cardington village water system will be pleased to find a decrease in their bills.
During the meeting of Cardington village council on February 3, council approved an ordinance establishing new water user rates and base rates for 2014 effective February 3, 2014.
According to the ordinance, the 2013 base rate of $35.61 will be decreased by 12.5% to a base rate of $31.16 for the year of 2014. The 2013 metered rate of $7.46 per 1000 gallons for the first 10,000 will be decreased for 2014 to the metered rate of $6.00 per 1000 gallons for the first 10,000; the 2013 metered rate of $7.18 for the next 20,000 and $6.96 per 1000 gallons above 20,000 will be decreased to $6.00 per 1000 gallons above 10,000.
Also approved was Ordinance 2014, establishing sewer user rates and sewer service charges effective February 3, 2014. This ordinance states that these rates will remain the same, the 2013 base rate of $24.13 will not change for the year 2014 and the 2013 metered rates plus the usage charge per 1000 gallons will not change for the year 2014.
Council discontinued the earlier requirement that these rates be automatically increased each February and beginning this year, a new ordinance will be submitted for approval annually.
Fiscal Officer Deb Fry reported bills totaling $13,285.65 which were approved for payment. Revenue totaled $206,147.62. Interest from primary and savings account totaled $722.13.
Police Chief John Hinton reported the department had taken 118 calls for service compared to a total of 116 at this same time last year. He reported that on January 27 officers from Cardington and Mount Gilead executed a search warrant in the village and a large amount of cocaine was seized and an indoor marijuana grow was found. Officers from Cardington and Mount Gilead also seized five pounds of suspected marijuana from another residence in the village.
On January 28, officers from Cardington and deputies from the Morrow County Sheriff’s office executed another search warrant outside of the village and seized a large amount of cash, marijuana and prescription medication. The Morrow County SRT team was used to serve the search warrant. This team is composed of members from the Mount Gilead Police Department and the Morrow County Sheriff’s office.
On January 31, officers located three individuals attempting to gain access to an abandoned building in the village. Two individuals fled the Mount Gilead police and the Morrow County Sheriff responded with assistance. One individual was lo-cated hiding in a motor vehicle and the other was located in a tree line by using a helicopter from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He said these were brothers, one from Ashley and one from Scioto County.
He cannot release the names of those involved in the drug seizure because they have not been charged. Mayor Peyton commented that many compliments had been received for the work of the police department in this matter.
Council approved a resolution authorizing the village administrator and fiscal officer to submit an application to the state of Ohio Department of Transportation for safe routes to school travel plan development. It was explained this gives
Scott Hines, engineer, the authority to act on this. Council noted several areas where these walks could be established.
Offering on other topics, Mayor Susie Peyton said the Friends of Cardington are making in depth plans for a more comprehensive Memorial Day parade and a village festival on June 28. She said they are also discussing the possibility of holding a village garage sale.
Council adjourned to work session at the close of this 50 minute meeting.
Absent from this meeting were Councilman William Christian and Village Adminis-trator Danny Wood, both because of illness.
Council will meet next on February 17 at 7 pm.