Ohio EPA issues warning to Bloomville

BLOOMVILLE – Mayor Steve George presented a letter from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to Bloomville council members Wednesday night stating the village is in violation with a high ammonia level in its lagoon. The water board conducted a feasibility study to install a controlled discharge lagoon but determined the $5 million price tag was too expensive. Village administration is to continue to seek a solution before findings and orders are administered.

Street Superintendent Rick Dentinger reported receiving an email response from Renosys, the firm that made repairs to the swimming pool. Stains remain in the pool and the company has asked the village to open their pool as usual, conduct a super chlorination, monitor it for the season and report the results in August.

He also said there was no electricity at the park shelter. The main breaker needed repairs that have been completed.

A resident erected a barn in the village and cut through drainage tile. Dentinger said it is old tile and the village plans to move the tile at an estimated cost of $2,000.

A zoning issue concerning raising rabbits in the village was discussed. Members voted to not grant a variance to the present code because the zoning commission is in the process of updating the code book and new regulations are to speak to the issue, but the resident must adhere to that new regulation. Solicitor Tim Hoover was directed to compose a letter for the applicant explaining the decision.

George said a letter from the village to trash hauler FSI concerning residents being charged for packages of 10 bags when it contains only eight, has produced no response. He plans to call again.

Police Chief Howard Minzer said the state is requesting an additional $50 per month to pay for participating in the LEADS program. He said Officer Zack Downing is preparing to patrol independently.

In other business, council:

Adopted the resolution requesting the county auditor prepare a certificate of estimated property tax revenue for the renewal 1.5-mill levy to be placed on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Announced the community garage sales Friday and Saturday.

Announced the village now is on Facebook.

Heard the bicycle rodeo is 10 a.m. June 14 at the Municipal Building parking lot.

Heard Bloomville United Church of Christ’s berry run/walk is 4 p.m. June 14.

Heard the Strawberry Festival starts at 5 p.m. June 14.

Learned at least two more lifeguards are needed for the pool.

Transferred $5,000 from the General Fund to the Police Fund.

Recognized the Lions’ Club, American Legion and TJ’s Drive Thru for donations to purchase hanging flower baskets downtown.

Approved the mayor’s court report.

Council is to meet at 7 p.m. June 18 for a budget hearing followed by a regular session.