Attica village council discusses tree trimming, sewer project deadlines

ATTICA – Tree trimming in Attica continues following the July 10 storm. Roes Tree Service trimmed about nine trees and cut down another nine trees for a cost of $4,650. The village has also been trimming trees for line clearance.

She also reported $753,505.93 is in all funds. Krebs said she had received the second-half tax settlement Monday, adding $12,083.66 to the general fund, $4,761.68 to the park and recreation fund, $28,569.99 to the police fund, and water and sewer benefitted by $1,877.18 for a total of $47,292.51.

Village Administrator Greg Martin stated the village is applying for a principal forgiveness loan for the sewer project through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund. He said plans also call for applying for Issue I funding by the Sept. 6 deadline and applying for Community Development Block Grant funding later.

Martin is to meet with Sunoco Logistics representatives next week.

Engineer Lyn Makeever was present to answer questions from the council. Nate Frisch stated the council wanted to see a more itemized billing from Makeever, and Makeever said he would provide new billing. Frisch also wanted an explanation as to why an extension was requested from the Environmental Protection Agency for providing lagoon plans without the council being informed when they are on a timeline for the sewer project from the EPA.

Makeever stated he had to ask for a month’s extension before filing the lagoon plans. He said the village is still in line to meet the 2016 operations. If funding is available by July 2014, the bidding process for construction could begin and contracts awarded. Deadline for operating start-up of the sewer plant is Jan. 31, 2016.

Makeever said the EPA can always make changes and could extend the timeline if property issues go to litigation.

The council asked Makeever to keep Martin and Water Superintendent Gary Weis informed of any changes so they can update council members.

The meeting moved into executive session for personnel issues.

In other issues, the council:

Discussed the vacating of an alleyway with Jason Ruffing.

Heard the first reading of the resolution accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the Seneca County Budget Commission and to authorize the necessary tax levies for fiscal year 2014.

Heard the first reading of the resolution authorizing the mayor to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission capital improvements program for grant funding for the wastewater treatment plant improvement project.

Approved the uniform rental/cleaning contract for the street, water and sewer departments with Unifirst Corp. for $15 per week plus cleaning.

Approved the health insurance premium increase with Medical Mutual Insurance Co. beginning Sept. 1.

Discussed codifying village ordinances for their website.

Learned a catch basin needs cleaned.

The council is to meet at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29.