Mayor grapples with sewer rate woes

NEW RIEGEL – Mayor Larry Bouillon said he and Seneca County Commissioner Fred Zoeller have made many phone calls about ways to reduce the sewer rates for village residents during a New Riegel Village Council meeting Wednesday. Representatives of the Fostoria treatment plant, the site New Riegel’s waste is transported to, said they may reassess the fees after one year. Larry Baxa with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has agreed to work with county officials about the sewer fee situation.

Bouillon said he has received information from WSOS, Fremont, regarding assistance through First Call for Help to help residents pay their sewer bills, especially senior citizens on fixed incomes. Anyone interested should contact Bouillon.

Bouillon, joined by Councilman Rick Kessler, submitted application for Issue I funding through the Ohio Public Works Commission by Sept. 6 for repaving village streets. The review date is Sept. 26.

During the last council meeting, members approved entering into agreement with the Regional Income Tax Agency for income tax collection. The agency is requesting the village supply it with all tax ordinances the village may have approved.

Councilwoman Deirdre Bakies reported Jeff Finn from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department has been working on the wetland portion of the wildlife area in the park and is planting trees. He plans to wait until spring for the planting of wild flowers.

Council members asked if Finn would remove some weeds, place fill dirt in a low place and about installing an agitator to prevent mosquito growth. Bakies is to relay those concerns.

She also said she is awaiting the decision on the ash tree removal grant she applied for.

Council members determined to prepare a letter that is to go to all village residents explaining the facts and figures of why they are seeking passage of a police levy in the Nov. 5 general election.

Fiscal Officer Jacki Honaker presented the financial report. She received permission to attend the Public Records training Sept. 27 at North Central Ohio Educational Service Center and attend the state auditor’s meeting in Perrysburg Oct. 1.

In other action, council:

Announced annual village trash pick-up by Olmstead Hauling is Saturday. Items are to be at curbside by 8 a.m.

Learned leaf pick-up is at 8 a.m. Mondays

Approved the Halloween parade sponsored by New Riegel Schools that will step off at 2 p.m. Oct. 27 from the American Legion. Trick-or-treat is to follow 3-5 p.m.

Approved paying Kusmer Associates $540 for engineering assistance in preparing grants.

Heard salt prices are to remain at $4.50 per 40-pound bag.

Heard roof and tower painting hasve been completed.

Learned the park restroom will be closed the first week of October.

Heard the pond has been sprayed and mulching around the park trees is nearing completion.

Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15.