Village qualifies for works money

ATTICA – Administrator Greg Martin announced to Attica Village Council Thursday the village qualified to receive a $500,000 grant through the Ohio Public Works Commission small government fund to complete the wastewater lagoon and treatment plant.

The village also has been approved to apply for a $1,965,168 loan, at 0 percent to be paid in 30 years. Once the paperwork is finished, council hopes to put the project out to bid.

The village is awaiting word on another $500,000 grant through Community Development Block Grant funding.

Chris Armitage addressed council with the concern the village offers no practicing medical doctor. He noted a business space has been advertised that would be appropriate. He has contacted Mercy Tiffin Hospital and learned the hospital recruits and makes the choice of doctors in outlying communities. Even one day a week for services would be helpful, he said.

He also suggested sharing services with Republic and Bloomville as an option.

Armitage also informed council Mercy Willard Hospital supplies a van to Medicare-qualified patients to transport them to their satellite doctors or the hospital for routine check-ups.

He requested letters or adoption of a resolution of support from council to attract a doctor’s interest.

Police Chief Keith Turner expressed thanks to the community for supporting their levy. He stated some confusion occurred because residents thought they were voting for a replacement levy while others thought it was a renewal levy.

He wanted the citizens to know it was a renewal levy, they were not asking for additional money. He noted the Board of Elections did have it listed as a replacement levy.

Martin reported Sutton Bank has agreed to have the restricted parking signs removed from the municipal lot where employees park because the bank no longer wants to pay an annual fee for the lot. The bank is willing to seal and stripe the lot for the privilege of parking there during business hours, he said.

Councilman Jeff Painter thanked Legacy Church for sweeping and cleaning the downtown streets and sidewalks recently.

He announced the Attica United Methodist Church would be sponsoring the farmers’ market on second and fourth Saturdays monthly starting June 14 and running through September.

Councilman Nate Frisch stated the contract has been signed with the Ball Association for use of Myers Park this season.

Fiscal Officer Pat Krebs reported a total of $868,859.68 in all funds. She learned if she had documentation from open meetings concerning not paying Councilman Kirk Stanfield his stipend, as per his request, would satisfy the state auditor.

As for the federal government regarding Social Security, the state of Ohio and the school district income tax department, Solicitor Rick Palau must contact them for their requirements.

Mayor Bryan Shock distributed a joint resolution for Attica along with Reed and Venice Townships creating a joint ambulance district. All three entities are to examine the resolution in order to take action at their next meetings.

Council is to meet next at 7:30 p.m. May 22.