New Riegel to join ambulance district

NEW RIEGEL – New Riegel council members Tuesday adopted an ordinance, waiving the three-reading rule, to join Big Springs and Seneca townships in forming the NBS Joint Ambulance District, and declaring an emergency. They plan to place a 1-mill levy on the Nov. 4 ballot to pay volunteer EMTs a $3.50 per hour stipend for serving.

Members elected Lester Staib to represent council on the joint ambulance district board.

A date has not been set with Kusmer and Associates, engineers for the SR 587 and CR 591 resurfacing project, to open bids. Council made plans for the use of grindings from the resurfacing project if they are available to the village. They want to expand the parking area and add an access alley to the ballfield at the park. They plan on obtaining quotes for digging back 30 feet and 100 feet long for the parking space and digging an alley 9 feet by 225 feet. If the grindings are not available, the project will not move forward.

Mayor Larry Bouillon read a letter to council from the Ohio Department of Transportation. It stated ODOT is to erect larger 35 mph signs in the area of a residence on SR 587 for a Seneca County School of Opportunity student.

Councilwoman Deirdre Bakies reported U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer Jeff Finn sprayed the natural area at the park. He is to plant native grasses and flowers next week, with trees to be planted at a later date. A walkway through the area is to be installed last.

In other action, council:

Learned two street lamps need to be replaced.

Heard the traffic light repairs cost $1,300.

Approved the purchase of treated wood planks to repair bleachers at the park with costs not to exceed $1,750.

Heard Mike Metzger is waiting for catch basin plates to finish repairs, which he estimates costs to be $3,000-$3,500.

Heard new street worker Leon Weinandy is servicing the village tractor.

Learned police officers have completed their annual firearms qualification.

Council is to meet at 7 p.m. July 15.