NR to apply for $300K grant

NEW RIEGEL – New Riegel council members authorized Mayor Larry Bouillon to make application for a $300,000 Critical Infrastructure Grant with the village supplying a $100,000 matching fund for the grinding and repaving of all village streets. Engineer Al Zamora estimates the cost to be $450,000 to blacktop all surfaces in the village. Financing the village’s obligation come from a $125,000 capital outlay fund and another $10,000 in the state highway fund. Deadline for submitting the application is June 20.

Having found the resolution presented last month for the police levy to have incorrectly stated it as a replacement, Solicitor Rick Palau presented another resolution stating the police levy is necessary as an additional tax. Members approved the resolution of necessity.

Street worker Jerry Faeth reported the painting of crosswalks and curbs has been completed. Streets have been swept and catch basins cleaned. Residents are being asked to discard their grass clippings instead of allowing them to run into catch basins.

Faeth was authorized to conduct preventive maintenance on the 2008 tractor, purchase $400 in parts and have Wyandot Tractor complete repairs to a three-point hitch not to exceed $400.

During the March 19 meeting, council approved the purchase of a 2012 Ferris zero-turn mower from Charlie’s Small Engine Repair utilizing a 0 percent $5,500 loan to be paid back over a four-year period. Due to a financing issue, council rescinded that motion Tuesday night and approved paying for the mower using $3,000 from the park fund and $2,500 from the operating and maintenance fund.

Fiscal Officer Jackie Honaker presented the financial report. Village air conditioners were sold during the garage sales and $225 has been deposited.

Councilwoman Deirdre Bakies announced Jeff Finn with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife program would be spraying the natural habitat area for weeds next week and work on the project should begin near the end of June. The village is working in conjunction with New Riegel Schools to incorporate use of the area into the science curriculum.

The ordinance to implement the $5 motor vehicle tax failed for lack of a motion for approval.

In other action, council:

Discussed spraying the fire pond.

Heard a trash bin for the park near the new baseball field may be purchased with recycling funds. Decision to be made by June 30 after conferring with the Baseball Association.

  • Is to remove dead trees in park and trim others near the batting cage.

Learned sidewalks are the responsibility of the homeowner. A village ordinance states the village may supply half the funds for repairs, but the village has no set-aside funds at present.

  • Granted All Saints Parish the use of the park and shelter for its annual festival Aug. 9 and 11

Heard NBS Joint Fire District has all hoses up to code.

Discussed a letter of concern about safe bus pick-ups for School of Opportunity clients.

Learned the village clean up is scheduled for Sept. 21. Items are to be placed at curbside the previous evening.

Approved incorporating the addition of a plaque recognizing resident Art Reinbolt in Eagle Scout Levi Nye’s project to improve the park concession stand.

Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. June 18.