Archaeologist awaits harvest to finish checking lagoon site

ATTICA – Village Administrator Greg Martin reported to Village Council Thursday night that archaeologist Ryan Wellman has inspected a portion of the area for their sewer system lagoon for Indian artifacts or burial grounds. He is to return after wheat has been harvested in other areas and the ground has been tilled to assist in the search.

Martin is awaiting a permit to install the lagoon. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency had some issues with the application. It has been revised and reissued by engineer Lyn Makeever.

Martin also said a large tree in the lagoon location would need to be removed.

Fiscal Officer Pat Krebs stated a total of $867,644.85 is in all funds. She sought approval of the 2015 budget and was questioned by Councilman Kirk Stanfield regarding revenue sources and appropriations. He was unaccepting of the answers he was being given and stated, “People of the village are being defrauded.”

A motion was made and seconded to accept the budget and Stanfield exited the meeting during the vote.

Krebs reported Stanfield questioned the loans for the lagoon as part of the new sewer system during the budget hearing prior to the council meeting.

Resident Ed Treft approached council regarding sending his grandchildren to the Myers Park swimming pool June 13 for $20. Within one hour, they returned, saying the pool had closed because there were too few people in the pool.

Martin said the pool manager should have refunded his money. Treft stated she later offered the children a free swim.

Martin said pool closings may be due to weather conditions or not enough lifeguards on duty. He will seek guidelines for the pool to post for public use.

They also discussed cleaning the baby pool. Members of the public are observed cleaning the pool instead of staff. Dragging the ball fields and recent rains often cause the pool to be dirty and staffers are to drain and scrub the pool.

Martin has been straightening stop signs and community service clients are painting fire hydrants in the village. They opened up a catch basin at the corner of North Liberty Street and Atlantic Street after heavy rains recently caused flooding, and put in a clean-up area. A 10-inch tile is being examined for better flow.

In other action, the council:

Adopted the resolution for the village’s intent to form a joint ambulance district with Venice and Reed Townships.

Adopted an ordinance expressing the village’s intent to form a joint ambulance district with Venice and Reed Townships, waiving the three-reading rule and declaring an emergency at Solicitor Rick Palau’s request.

Heard there is to be a public hearing regarding the joint ambulance district at 7 p.m. July 9 at the firehouse.

Heard the Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the Attica United Methodist Church.

The council’s next meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. July 10.