By EVELYN LONG
The meeting of Cardington village council on July 7 was extended to the next Monday, July 14 so certain ordinances could be considered. Two council members were excused from attendance at the July 7 meeting.
During the July 7 meeting, the report of Deb Fry, Fiscal Officer, was given by Heather Deskins, finance committee chairman, in the excused absence of Fry, who had undergone surgery.
It was pointed out in Fry’s report that the annual payment of CompManagement for BWC representation services in the amount of $500 was due. Other payments noted included $1,000 Hylant Administrative SVCS for the deduction for the J Hursey case; $1100 to Koorsen Fire and Safety - the annual air quality sampling and compressor maintenance for the fire department; Treasurer of the State of Ohio for the permit for the new WWTP totaling $750 and the utility payment totaling $3,052.20. Council approved payment of bills.
Comparing the summary of revenue for the period of June 1-June 30 , Fry noted more revenue was received due to the income tax dollars received.
She said a notice had been received by RITA regarding the cost of collections. RITA estimates the annual costs for the year and the village is charged accordingly. Annually they review these costs to actual and once this was completed for the calendar year of 2013 it was found that the estimation was higher than actual resulting in a cash refund totaling $3,978.00 This was received June 30.
She explained the need for amending Ordinance 2014-25 for the year ending December 31, 2014. An error was made in the mayor’s court system and money for the court technology that was paid to the village should have been paid to the state of Ohio. She said while working with the Baldwin Group, we were informed that this needs to be corrected. The total amount of this equals $2,402. This has to be appropriated in the budget prior to the reimbursement to the Mayor’s Court can be completed.
Second, the annual TIF payment to the school exceeded the amount budgeted - this amount was based on the previous year. A temporary reclassification within the income tax fund was made to be able to cut the check to the school prior to their fiscal year end. She advised that the budget needs corrected so we an reverse temporary reclassification and have the payment reflect coming from the correct account.
Only a first reading was given these three ordinances: the above mentioned and 2014-26 - an ordinance adopting a budget in tentative form for 2015.
Councilwoman Deskins questioned the letter that was recently mailed with the water bills related to the due date for payment of the water bills. Village Administrator Danny Wood explained the this is in reference to those village residents who do not pay their water bills by the due date or make partial payments and not for those who pay their bills on time.
Giving his report was Police Chief John Hinton who said the department had taken 548 calls for service and this time last year the department had taken 625 calls for service. Results from the Ticket of Click it Campaign included 15 seat belt citations; four speeding citations, two DUS citations and four other citations.
The department assisted with the Cardington Street Fair and they distributed Childrens’ Identification kits and still have some available if anyone would like one.They also assisted the Mount Gilead Police Department on June 23 with a domestic involving a knife.The battery was replaced in the 2008 cruiser which was completed under the warranty of the battery. Work was also done on the 2010 cruiser. Mayor Susie Peyton thanked the chief and his department for their help during the street fair. The council gave a first reading to a resolution accepting and confirming the mayor’s recommendation of Bradley Sealey to the position of part time police officer for the village. This resolution could not be voted on because of a lack of quorum. Sealey, who was present, is from Prospect.
Fire Chief Gary Goodman said the department has had 112 runs so far this year and there were no incidents with the fireworks during the Street Fair.
He explained Med Flight taking over the 911 and Emergency Squads in Morrow County. He said the squads will be owned by Morrow County but run by Med Flight. All current employees must fill an application and pass their employment test to be able to stay with the EMS. All the fire chiefs and four others are on a board at Mount Gilead and meet once a month, said Goodman. Mayor Peyton asked if the commissioners had ever attended these meetings and he said “no,” He said he asked the commissioners if there was a problem why didn’t someone say something - they said they just thought it was time for a change Goodman noted one commissioner, Tom Harden,voted against it.
A first reading was given a resolution authorizing written return to the Morrow County Auditor pursuant to the village ordinance regarding the removal of noxious weeds. These properties include 125 Reichelderfer, 221 Gilead Street, 200 Nichols Street, 304 West Main Street, 240 Third Street and 218 Third Street.
Giving his report, Village Administrator Wood who discussed in detail the routine they follow for spraying mosquitoes. He thanked those who helped spread the mulch at Heimlich Park which included the United Way volunteers. He said the department had chipped brush, flushed fire hydrants and installed catch basins on South Marion Street. He said the OEPA had visited the WWTP to verify completion of the project. He said SCADA has been installed at the WWTP with the schooling to come. The CCR was done and sent by the June 30 deadline. He noted the great turn out for the Cardington Street Fair and thanked the Friends of Cardington for their work on the event and thanked Cardington Yutaka Technologies for sponsoring the fire works.
Village Manager Fry’s report noted that she, Mayor Peyton and over a dozen volunteers from United Way of Morrow County had participated in the annual Day of Caring and Sharing held on June 25. She said the picnic tables were ordered on June 10 and an estimated arrival date is within three to four weeks. Mayor Peyton said she was elated with the Street Fair on June 28 and noted that it has brought a camaraderie among the village residents who are asking what they can do to help the village.. She said plans are already being made for the 2015 Street Fair which will include a carousel. Excused from this meeting were council members Vickie Wise and John Nippert.
A special council meeting was held on July 14 with five council members present. Excused was Vickie Wise.
Council approved the ordinance amending the permanent appropriations for the village for fiscal year ending December 31, 2014.
Also approved was an ordinance adopting a budget in tentative form for 2015. Council also approved a resolution accepting and confirming the mayor’s recommendation of Bradley Sealey to the position of part time police officer for the village. A second reading was given a resolution authorizing written return to the Morrow County Auditor pursuant to the village ordinance regarding the removal of noxious weeds.
Council was to meet next on July 21, 2014.