Bloomville talks policy rules

BLOOMVILLE – A finance committee report spurred discussion on the personnel policy manual at Wednesday’s Bloomville Council meeting.

The committee met after the Feb. 6 council meeting, and at this week’s meeting offered “suggestions,” including no raises for the police department and assistant clerk/treasurer; $0.25 per hour increase for water/wastewater and street superintendents; $2,000 annual increase for clerk/treasurer. Another suggestion was to allow a greater percentage of wages for the clerk/treasurer and assistant to be paid from the water and sewer funds. Councilwoman Carol Adams said these were suggestions, not guidance.

A recommendation was made to review the personnel policy manual and consider annual employee reviews.

Adams asked about resurrecting the personnel committee, which hasn’t been active in some time.

“The personnel manual needs to be updated, we haven’t done anything with it for so long,” she said.

Mayor Bob George agreed. Adams said if the manual is not necessary, “let’s get rid of it.”

Village Solicitor Tim Hoover cautioned the idea, saying the village needed it.

“It’s a good idea to look at it to make sure we are fully compliant with the law,” Hoover said.

Clerk/treasurer Janis Weasner suggested council review the document over several meetings.

George reported Police Chief Howard Minzer and he are to attend a communications meeting March 11 at Buckeye Central High School regarding a mentoring program. George also will represent Bloomville Lions Club. George reported on a meeting at Republic with other local officials and State Rep. Rex Damschroder, R-Fremont, as guest speaker.

Street superintendent Rick Dentinger reported the cost of rebuilding a large pool motor versus purchasing new, with nearly $1,700 difference in price. Having to purchase chemical pumps in the near future, council agreed on the rebuild at $2,695, which includes a one-year warranty. Council also approved a request from Dentinger to purchase certain tools and shop supplies.

Water/wastewater superintendent Darin Brown visited a local nursing home after a phone call regarding a trash complaint. Brown found the nursing home in full compliance with village regulations.

Hoover reported he received a document from the state attorney general’s office certifying his attendance at public records training. He added the next training session will be at the end of March in Lima. The state auditor’s and secretary of state’s office sponsors the training session which generally last a few hours.

Weasner briefly discussed the annual financial report which had been distributed to council. She said most of the General Fund is comprised of property taxes or from the state, and state funding reductions are to make a large impact on the General Fund. A short discussion was held regarding the possibility of customers paying utility bills electronically.

Council went into executive session at 7:30 to discuss personnel issues with any action to be taken at the next council meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. March 7 at the village utility office.

Upcoming events:

  • Fashion show at Ruffing Family Care Center, 1:30 p.m. today.
  • Family Care Center outing to Backroads, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Bloodmobile at Community Center, March 6.
  • Utility office to be closed, March 11-12 and 14.
  • Ball Booster Club kickoff meeting and UCC Euchre tournament, March 16.
  • Baked steak dinner benefit for Ron Lease, March 17.