More cuts coming to NR

NEW RIEGEL – Loss of future funding for the village of New Riegel through reduced local government funds was on the mind of Mayor Larry Bouillon Tuesday night. The village looks to lose another $17,000 from the state this year.

Council members discussed the possibility of placing a police protection levy on the ballot next November.

Adding to concerns, Bouillon announced Columbia Gas is requesting an increase in rates.

Members also heard about House Bill 601, a proposal to centralize income tax collection from communities in Ohio. Learning the bill in its current form proposes uniformity measures for municipal income tax in the form of unfunded mandates and a potential loss of revenue, council requested Solicitor Rick Palau create a resolution strongly opposing passage of the bill in the Ohio General Assembly. Action will be taken on the resolution at the next meeting.

During the organizational meeting, council elected Les Staib as president pro-tempore. Members approved the combining and reducing the number of committees. Bouillon will announce assignments next month. Meeting times will remain at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month.

Park and Recreation Committee Chairman Deirdre Bakies said Jeff Finn from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to have the natural wildlife area in the park completed in the spring. Locating fiber optics to the area has been the hold-up.

She also reported 20 trees need attention this year which includes eight ash trees being removed, two other trees needing hollow limbs pruned and the remainder to be cut down.

Fiscal Officer Jackie Honaker presented the cash summary by funds for December to council along with the appropriation status as of Dec. 31.

The meeting moved into executive session for discussion of personnel.

In other matters, council:

Learned the Village Association Dinner is Jan. 31 at Attica United Methodist Church. Social time starts at 6 p.m. with the meal at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $12 and reservations needed by Jan. 24.

Heard catch basins have been repaired.

Set 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for a finance meeting to discuss appropriations.

Heard letters are going out to residents reminding them of the ‘no-parking’ ordinance for snow plowing.

Heard the NBS Joint Fire District has applied for a State Fire Marshall’s training and equipment grant and a North Central Electric People’s Fund grant to replace 16 sections of old hose costing nearly $5,000.

Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19.