Panel hears village library idea

NEW RIEGEL – Resident Jan Steyer has a desire to start a library in the village. Others have been willing to donate books to start the process but they don’t know where to set up the facility. She has examined many places. Fiscal Officer Jacki Honaker suggested looking at Carnegie grants for start-up funds for a year or two to rent a building.

Mayor Larry Bouillon reported to council members Tuesday night that the village had enough points for their street paving project to move from the county level to state consideration for Issue I grant funding through the Ohio Public Works Commission.

Seneca County has been recognizing first responders, and council thanked the NBS Joint Fire District EMTs for their service to the community.

Members also thanked former tax clerk Val Hohman for her service to the village.

Jerry Faeth suggested the street committee have another walk-about the village examining all catch basins for repairs. The committee is to meet at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

The salt spreader and snowplow have been installed on the village truck in preparation for winter.

Councilman Lenny Theis said he is finishing mulching around the park trees. Boy Scout Levi Nye is completing the concession stand improvements for his Eagle scout designation.

Councilwoman Deirdre Bakies said the wetlands area at the park is done and the grass seeded. Stone for paths has been delivered. Trees are to be planted this fall and prairie wildflowers in the spring. U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer Jeff Finn, who has been working on the project, has been furloughed because of the government shutdown.

Bakies also said the village did not receive the ash tree removal grant for which it applied. She presented members with a quote from A&D Tree Service for the removal of ash trees in the village, and council is to take action at its next meeting.

Honaker presented the financial report.

The meeting moved into executive session for negotiating terms for an employee.

In other business, council:

Approved an emergency resolution authorizing Councilman Rick Kessler to prepare and submit an application to participate in the OPWC state capital improvement and local transportation improvement programs and execute contracts as required.

Set the Halloween parade for 2 p.m. Oct. 27. Lineup is at 1:30 p.m. at the American Legion. Trick or treat follows 3-5 p.m.

Heard leaves are to be bagged and placed at curbside by 8 a.m. Monday mornings for pickup.

Heard snowplowing process letters will be sent to all residents.

Is to contact Adam Faeth for updated rates for snowplowing.

Heard the Regional Income Tax Agency is looking for more information from the village due to changes in the Ohio tax code.

Presented an updated employee handbook.

Reported Big Spring Township residents are to vote in the Nov. 5 election to decide on a governmental aggregation program for electrical services.

Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19.