Service charge on returned checks and amounts owed to the village on delinquent water bills were two of the topics on the agenda when Cardington Village Council met on August 4.
Following discussion on the ordinance amending a section of an earlier ordinance relative to the service charge on returned checks, it was agreed to discuss this further in work session and be brought back before council during its August 18 meeting.
Almost $12,000 is owed the village in delinquent water and sewer bills by individual users, according to Resolution 2014-19. During the discussion on this resolution, Fiscal Officer Deb Fry explained that she is meeting with Mr Deitz, village solicitor, Mayor Susie Peyton, Village Administrator Danny Wood, and Debbie Westbrook and Brenda Beall, clerks and Tim Edgell department employee, on a monthly basis for the purpose of reviewing these cases and setting up a collection process.
Another resolution, 2014-18, is also certifying to the county auditor, as the previous resolution, an amount ($14,826.96) to be included on the tax duplicate the amounts owed to the village for delinquent water and sewer charges. This relates to a separate address where there were several users but paid by one. The water meters on this property are now being read individually and billed individually. This measure as the previous is being studied so a collection process can be determined.
A second reading was given an ordinance authorizing the transfer of Star Ohio General Investments fund to interest bearing public savings account.
Fry said she had advertised for any financial institution that would be interested in the village’s investment fund as advised by village solicitor. She said she has not received any interest from any bank relative to this fund.
Council approved payment of checks totaling $20,352.32.
Giving his report was Police Chief John Hinton who said the department had taken 638 calls for service and at this time last year they had taken 719 calls. He said the prescription drug box had been installed and there was a deposit two days later. He thanked Clint Johnson and Tim Edgell for its installation.
A crash had been investigated on East Main Street and Water Street that involved the overturning of a semi truck.
The department had also assisted the Morrow County Squad and Cardington Fire Department on a burn victim. The department received a portable breathalyzer from the Department of Public Safety for participation in the
Click it or Ticket and Drive Sober or get pulled over campaign.
Gary Goodman, fire chief, said they had made 124 runs this year They had responded to a house fire on State Route 61 where it was a total loss. He noted six new tires had been put on the rescue truck.
Council accepted the resignation of Stanley Smales from the position of Auxiliary police officer. Chief Hinton said Smales had taken a job with the sheriff’s department in Jackson County and could not fulfill the required 16 hours with the Cardington department.
Village Administrator Danny Wood said his department had swept the streets, chipped brush, sprayed for mosquitoes, painted the fire hydrants, installed new catch basins on South Marion Street, and installed a chain link fence at the bridge on North Marion Street. He said they had also paved the water leak hole on New Street and Cunard and blocked off traffic while the semi truck was righted on East Main Street.
He had meet with Shelly & Sands for a pre-construction meeting relative to the paving of South Marion Street. and also met with Scott and Dave Krock concerning an upgrade at the water plant. He was to meet again with Scott the following Friday when they will go to the water plant to see what would be needed. Wood said the two major complaints he has received from the public through the years from residents has been the cost of the water and its quality, which has led him to examining a possible upgrade. He also noted that with the village lowering the water rates, it could have negative effect on future grant applications.
Village Manager Deb Fry said employee evaluations have been completed and the planning for cross-training with each position including payroll and accounts payable preparation.
Mayor Peyton said she continues to receive compliments on the village’s landscaping and overall appearance. She said there was a Bicycle Club passing through the village that stopped in the park for a rest period.
There was also a wedding in the park and the principles were admiring the log cabin.
Council adjourned after a 55 minute meeting. A work session followed.
Council was to meet next on August 18 at 7 pm.