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Gary Goodman, Cardington Fire Chief, reported to village council members that the department had been called to four open burnings during the night time hours recently. He reminds the public that open fires are not allowed within the village limits at any time.

His report was made during council’s meeting held on April 21. He noted the department had made 77 run thus far in 2014. He also said a payment of $1,044 for MVA’s had been received.

Goodman thanked Danny Wood, village administrator, for taking the department members on a tour of the waste water treatment plant and water planr. He also said the swimming pool has been cleaned.

Fiscal Officer Deb Fry presented the bills to be paid and they totaled $38,541.29. She pointed out the payment to Bender Communications is for radios for the fire department, totaling $4,975.00. They were ordered in 2013 and had just came in. Payment of the bills was approved.

Auditors arrived at the office on April 16, 2014, she said. They met for a pre-audit conference where they discussed the purpose of the audit. Regarding the UAN progress update, she said she has completed March and is in the process of becoming up to date in April.

Fry distributed copies of the Fund Summary, which indicates the balances in each of the village funds to this date. She also distributed summary of revenue for half of April, 2014 and had figures to show the summary for the same month in 2013.

Council approved an ordinance authorizing the administrator and fiscal officer to enter into an agreement with Krock Esser Engineering Inc for engineering services.

Responding to councilwoman Heather Deskin’s question, Solicitor Jim Dietz said the reason tor the ordinance’s emergency passage is that Krock Esser has been doing the work to initiate the process and there should be a contract in place giving them the authority to do so. He added that advertising for bids should be in the newspaper before the paving companies can have time to bid and still be able to complete the work while the weather is suitable.

The measure passed unanimously.

Also approved was a resolution authorizing the bidding for street paving work. The work prioritizes street projects for 2014 including South Marion, Third and East Second Streets.

Council members gave a first reading to 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.

Jim Morris, committee chairman, explained that he has a bid of $50 plus labor, to update the Maxwell Park sign from “Future Home of” to “Welcome to” Maxwell Park.

During the discussion on the information Morris provided on the purchase of picnic tables, he said he would check into prices for cement or heavy wood picnic tables to be placed not only in Maxwell Park but at least one in Heimlich Park and the Community Park. Morris will bring those prices to the next meeting.

Village Administrator Danny Wood said the street department had repaired a culvert that was washed out near the North Marion Street bridge. Noting that it has happened before and may happen again, he will have to bring a contractor in to repair it because of the location. The village does not have the proper equipment for its repair.

Wood explained to council the large amount of money being spent on using Ringler’s to dispose of the sludge from the wastewater treatment plant. He said the village is paying Ringler’s eight cents a gallon to haul the liquid sludge plus an additional $85 per hour to truck it. There are approximately 80,000 pounds hauled every two weeks. He has discussed this with Mid-Ohio Sanitation and they are willing to work with him on a deal that would involve all of the village’s dumpsters. The village is paying approximately $3,000 to empty the digester one time and with Mid-Ohio it would be about $1,425. He was to meet with Ringler and Mid-Ohio the next week.

Wood said his department had used the jetter/Vac truck to clean the storm drains on East Main Street; repaired a water main leak on New Street; patched pot holes, cleaned catch basins, swept the streets, ordered a fan for high service control cabinet at the Water Treatment Plant; ran new conduit and wiring to the east clarifier at the Wastewater treatment plant, met with the fire department at the WWTP, WTP and Street Department for a walk through and he said Krock Esser is currently working on GPS mapping of our water valves and hydrants.

Fry and Mayor Peyton invites everyone to the Business After Hours event that will take place at Maceyko’s Tax, West Second Street, on June 5, 2014 from 5 to 6:30 pm when Cardington will be the host.

Mayor Peyton also praised the Friends of Cardington for doing a “great job getting ready for the community garage sale (May 3), the Memorial Day parade and the Street Fair on June 28.” They meet the first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm. She invited interested persons to attend. The next meeting was scheduled for May 6.

Council will meet next on May 5 at 7 pm. There will be the semi annual joint meeting with the Cardington Township and the Glendale Union Cemetery official

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