NR road project may be completed in fall

NEW RIEGEL – Council organized for 2014 by having members Jim Bodart, Lenny Theis and Dale Nye sworn into office by Solicitor Rick Palau. Council chose Les Staib to serve as president pro-tempore. Mayor Larry Bouillon distributed committee assignments to members. Meetings remain at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month.

Bouillon said the SR 587 and CR 591 resurfacing project through the village may go out for bids in June. The village was awarded a $125,000 Issue I grant through Ohio Public Works Commission funding and the village had to provide $122,900 for the project. The bidding process is to be handled by Kusmer & Associates with bids awarded in the first week of July. They hope to have the work done by fall.

Jeff Finn from U.S. Fish & Wildlife assured the village the nature preserve at the park would be completed this summer. A spillway has to be added, ground work completed and wildflowers, native grasses, trees and shrubs planted. An agitator is to be placed in the pond to repel mosquitoes.

Councilwoman Deirdre Bakies announced the removal of the village’s ash trees and stumps except for two large trees. She is to seek estimates on the cost of their removal. Members discussed the cost of adding top soil and seeding where trees have been removed.

Street worker Jerry Faeth emphasized the need for all vehicles, including campers, to be removed from SR 587 for snow plowing safety. He also reported the village truck has been undergoing repairs. Council approved the purchase of an owner’s manual for the truck. A large amount of salt has been used on the streets already this winter and big potholes have been filled.

Fiscal Officer Megan Reinhart presented a financial report with the end-of -the-year numbers.

In other business, council:

Adopted an ordinance establishing the rate of pay for the police chief.

Heard the first reading of an ordinance omitting credit for payment of taxes in other municipalities in their income tax ordinance from 2013 onward and declaring an emergency.

Learned village tax forms are available at First National Bank, the post office, Paul’s Market and the village office.

Accepted the resignation of Officer Shawn Correll effective Monday.

Discussed how Ohio Public Employee Retirement System changes are to affect council members. Bouillon is to obtain more information.

Approved the AEP Energy one-year renewal offer.

Agreed to pay Bugner’s Septic Cleaning $550.

Heard the first reading of an ordinance accepting the 2014 Ohio Basic Code.

Paid North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments dues of $100.

Noted the village audit is finished.

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