Sycamore council hears water issues

SYCAMORE – Sycamore Village Council spent Fat Tuesday evening enjoying cupcakes and celebrating council president Vicki Weininger’s birthday. They also held a council meeting.

After a finance committee meeting where upcoming appropriations were reviewed, council heard village administrator Chuck Clark report a water main break on South Sycamore Street. The 6-inch main has had at least six “bandaids” applied, Clark said, adding the line is “shot.” Cold patch is to be applied where needed on the street.

Clark asked council to approve a motion allowing the village to obtain a major credit card. He said in the past employees have used personal cards and waited for reimbursement. Council approved the request to obtain one immediately.

In his report, Police Chief Richard Blankenship thanked Sycamore Telephone Co. for a donation to his department, and reported 15 service calls in January.

Councilwoman Dawn Needles talked about a village website that is being designed by Mohawk graduate and Findlay resident Seth Beekman. The site,, is hoped to be operational by the first of March. The site is sponsored by the First National Bank of Sycamore and the Sycamore Telephone Co.

Other items of note:

Mohawk Lioness Club is to hold garage sale the second weekend of May in the lot behind senior center.

Lioness Club will donate a tree for the park after a tree plan is developed by Bill Sowers.

Fire Chief Bryan Clouse asked council to approve $2,100 to fund intermediate/advanced EMT training for EMTs Candace Pahl and Jeremy Gregg. Clouse said five others have the advanced EMT certification.

Clouse reported the department performed fire inspection at Seneca County Youth Center, toured the new SCAT facility, and obtained two mobile and two portable radios from Wyandot County EMA that meet FCC requirements, and other activities.

Legislation approved included:

An ordinance setting permanent appropriations for 2013.

An ordinance amending estimated revenue.

An ordinance authorizing $5 per utility account charge beginning April 1 for debt retirement and support storm sewer-related maintenance.

An ordinance amending the carryover funds retroactive to Dec. 31, 2012.

A resolution transferring $5,000 to General Fund.

Funding for two EMS personnel for further training.

Needles asked that two budget line items, drug law enforcement-operations and maintenance and political housing, be dissolved with the combined $735.72 going to the General Fund. After consulting with village solicitor James Gucker, council approved the request.

The next meeting is 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at village hall.