Attica treatment plant progress

ATTICA – Engineer Lyn Makeever informed Attica council members Thursday night of the progress on the construction of their new wastewater treatment plant and lagoon system. An extension to submit the lagoon plans to the EPA by July 1 for their review was obtained. The soil borings have been deemed acceptable and the lagoon may move forward. Two smaller treatment cells are to be 12 feet deep while the storage cell for discharge is to be 16 feet deep.

Makeever said the aeration system will utilize a course air bubbler and 12 units of fine air diffusers. It is designed to handle more than a 100,000 gallons more than the present system.

This system should save the village thousands of dollars in electric costs. A generator will be available for an emergency back- up.

In August the village will be making application for $500,000 Ohio Public Works Commission funds. It also will seek funding from Issue I in the autumn and a Water Pollution Control Loan Fund. The timeline calls for completion of the project in 2016.

The resolution of necessity to put a five-year replacement tax levy on the November ballot for police coverage in the village, declaring an emergency, was passed by council members.

Council approved the purchase of the 2008 Crown Victoria for the police department at a cost of $12,319 which includes all necessary equipment and restriping.

Village Administrator Greg Martin reported mowing vacant properties and filling pot holes. The Myers Park swimming pool has been cleaned and is being refilled in preparation for the June 1 opening.

Trees on South Main Street are under examination to determine if trimming or removal is necessary. Estimates are being obtained for the project.

Fiscal Officer Pat Krebs stated $817,985.42 is in all funds. She submitted the preliminary 2014 budget revealing the results of another failed police levy. The police budget would be cut in half not allowing them to operate a department with a full-time chief or having any part-time coverage next year.

Mayor Bryan Shock noted that since Keith Turner has been chief the department has not had to borrow General Fund monies to start the year by watching the budget closely.

The police department is responsible for 24 percent of the village hall loan payments which run until 2034. If the levy fails, those will be additional funds coming out of the General Fund.

It was reported that EMS Director Ken Majors would be attending the next fire department meeting June 12.

Councilman Nate Frisch enquired of Solicitor Rick Palau the conflict he has with handling some cases for the village. Palau stated that his position as Tiffin city prosecutor takes precedence if some things need handled during daytime hours.

The meeting went into executive session for litigation issues.

In other business, council:

Learned Attica is celebrating Memorial Day with a 10 a.m. parade Monday followed by a ceremony at the fairgrounds

Hired Bobbie Ziegler as park manager for $8.15 per hour; Brooke Hill as assistant park manager for $8.05 per hour and lifeguards Ben Frankart, Alyson Groves and Hill for $7.85 per hour

Adopted the ordinance setting the rate of pay for seasonal workers

Heard the board for the emergency siren that has been rebuilt and the siren is again working properly

Council meets at 7:30 pm, June 13.