Attica to clean up water systems

Attica has benefitted by $28,404.78 from the nationwide settlement of two class action lawsuits involving atrazine, the most widely used herbicide in the United States.

A press release stated an estimated 80 million pounds of the weed killer are sprayed on corn and other crops each year, much of which runs off into rivers and streams supplying drinking water to community water systems.

The lawsuits were against Syngenta AG, based in Switzerland, and the total settlement was for $105 million, with individual community water system payments determined by their history of atrazine contamination.

The funds are to help reimburse water systems for the expense of removing atrazine from their drinking water.

With all council members present, they resolved by emergency measures to proceed with the intent to place levies on the May 7 ballot for police protection and park operations. The .05-mill property tax renewal levy for park operations would generate $6,703 while the 3-mill renewal levy for police protection would generate $40,219.

Police Chief Keith Turner sought approval for the department to participate in the Seneca County search warrant team. Members discussed the opportunity for free training and requested Solicitor Rick Palau draw up a resolution for later action.

Since the Village Association meeting is coming up next week, they felt it would be a chance to discuss the team with other county communities.

Fiscal Officer Pat Krebs reported a total of $714,030.13 in all funds and stated that auditors are completing their task.

The meeting moved into executive session for discussion of land acquisition.

In other business, council:

Heard the second reading of the ordinance accepting the 2013 Ohio Basic Code.

Heard the second reading of the resolution authorizing mutual aid services provided by the Attica Police Department.

Announced the January 31 Village Association Dinner at the Attica United Methodist Church. Social time starts at 6 pm. with the meal at 6:30 pm. Dutch Shenefield will be speaking on identity theft.

Heard the village office computer has been upgraded.

Council meets next at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14.