New Riegel panel considers police levy

NEW RIEGEL – With New Riegel council members learning local government funding is to be cut $17,000, the decision was made Tuesday to place a police protection levy on the November ballot.

Solicitor Rick Palau was directed to create a resolution of necessity for a 5.39-mil, five-year renewable levy that should generate $20,000 annually. A home valued at $75,000 would pay $123.80 per year.

The village also is considering fundraising events to provide for police department expenses. Residents interested in participating should contact Councilman Rick Kessler.

Fiscal officer Jackie Honaker submitted the treasurer’s report. She has been working on procuring a Marathon fuel card for the police department and maintenance use. She also said AEP Energy is offering the village lower rates for electricity.

Park and Recreation Committee Chairman Deirdre Bakies presented quotes from A&D for removing 18 trees and pruning two others in the village. The $3,306 estimate includes removal of stumps. Bakies suggests hazard trees be done first while others may be maintained. Replanting of trees can be completed later. She is also seeking grants to assist with costs. A decision was not made.

A memorial program is being considered that would allow residents to purchase trees for planting in memory of a loved one along with a plaque for display.

Street worker Jerry Faeth was authorized to purchase 10, 10-foot sign posts, not to exceed $320. He is to inspect catch basins, with repair costs for the year not to exceed $4,000.

In other action, council:

Approved a resolution to make appropriations for expenses and declaring an emergency.

Approved an emergency ordinance accepting the 2013 Ohio Basic Code.

Heard Sunny Farms has received state approval for expansion.

Heard All Saints’ Parish is assisting with village tasks for Famine Experience March 22-23.

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