Curtailed swim nets two free passes

ATTICA – Two more residents approached Attica Village Council about the Myers Park swimming pool closing early.

Hours for the pool are 1-7 p.m. daily, depending on weather conditions or the number of people at the pool. Levi George said she arrived at the pool at 4 p.m. and was told the pool was closing at 5:45 p.m. because only one person was swimming. He was not refunded his money or offered a free pass to swim another day.

The pool guidelines state the pool may close after one hour if less than 10 people are swimming. Attendance at the pool has been poor this year.

Council members directed the Village Administrator Greg Martin to relay to pool staff that the pool is to remain open 1-7 p.m. every day until closing Aug. 2 or offer free passes to swimmers. George and his friend Traven Wurm are to receive free passes to swim another time.

The council plans to further discuss the pool guidelines for next year.

Chief of Police Keith Turner reported there have been eight car break-ins recently in the village. After receiving a few leads and conducting an investigation, three non-local youths are suspected of the crimes. Residents had minor items stolen and have chosen not to press charges. Turner reminded residents to keep their house, garage and cars locked at night.

The Attica EMS situation was discussed during a meeting Wednesday night at the firehouse. Attica council has passed legislation approving of a joint ambulance district, but Reed and Venice Township trustees meet Monday and Tuesday night to take action. All three entities are to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday to take action for placing a levy on the November ballot to provide a stipend to EMS volunteers.

Nate Frisch is to represent council on the new joint ambulance board.

Fiscal Officer Pat Krebs stated that after receiving Ohio Environmental Protection Agency approval for a lagoon for the new wastewater system, the village may apply for an Ohio Public Works Commission loan for $1.9 million and a grant for $500,000. The village has 45 days to sign the paperwork and return it to the commission. Then, once it obtains an EPA permit to install, it plans to apply for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant.

Councilman Jeff Painter informed members that a flag and solar light have been placed at Honey Creek Park in memory of Weldon Utz.

Martin reported that due to a plugged tile at Atlantic and Liberty streets, the village needs to have 150 feet of tile replaced.

He also stated a new injection pump has been ordered for the water plant at a cost of $1,800.

In other action, the council:

Heard all accounts total $909,432.84.

Announced a farmers’ market is scheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today at Attica United Methodist Church.

The council is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. July 24.