Attica Village Council: Myers Park discussed

ATTICA — Seneca East Baseball Club members attended Attica’s council meeting Thursday night to discuss the Myers Park facility.

Pat Walker questioned responsibilities of the club and said stone was needed in the driveway, water needed to be turned on and the outfield fence should be repaired. They have obtained a $1,700 estimate to fix the fence.

Park committee chairman Nate Frisch is to meet with club officials to discuss renewing their contract for use of the park. The usual two-year contract could be extended to four years.

Council members may approach the Lions Club to cover fence repair expenses.

Club members said an inside door frame was damaged in the equipment building by vandals, the concession stand is in need of upgrading and they would like to remove the old storage building.

Walker also asked about applying for an OSS Joint Solid Waste grant for park supplies.

Steven Palmer, prospective arbitrator for contested tickets from the automated speed enforcement program that goes into effect Thursday, introduced himself to council members and distributed his resume.

“I will be working with Village Solicitor Rick Palau more closely as we put all the due process aspects into place, to make sure you get up and running and make sure you don’t get under the eye of the (American Civil Liberties Union) or anyone else that has been challenging the traffic cameras,” Palmer said.

Police Chief Keith Turner said he and three officers have received training on the use of the LIDAR equipment, the handheld device for taking pictures.

Turner reported the two foot by three foot warning sign for use of the equipment in the village located near Honey Creek Park on SR4 has been torn from the ground and confiscated. If found, the person responsible will be prosecuted.

Fiscal Officer Pat Krebs reported a total of $886,149.52 in all funds.

Krebs attended Seneca Regional Planning Commission’s Community Development Block Grant application informational meeting Monday at the Public Safety Building at Seneca County Fairgrounds. The village is questioning ownership responsibility of the abandoned Eagles building for applying for a grant to demolish the facility. The state of Ohio and Seneca County are co-owners of the property.

She took part in the income survey training. The village again is to conduct the five-year income survey that must have 300 residents respond revealing a low-to-moderate income community which assists with applying for grants. No village official sees the surveys as they are sent directly to Seneca Regional Planning Commission to compile the information.

Members discussed the future of the Myers Park swimming pool. Thus far, no lifeguards have applied. Seneca East school system has made appeals in the Tiger Tales and sent out numerous emails for help at the park. The park committee plans to meet for discussion of pool admission costs and pay rates for employees.

Village Administrator Greg Martin, Water Superintendent Gary Weis and Krebs met with engineer Lyn Makeever to finalize the financing for the $2.2 million Ohio Public Works Commission 0-percent loan for the wastewater treatment plant. The village has supplied more than their portion of 21 percent of costs for the project. The loan is for 30 years and the annual payment is estimated to be $75,000.

Martin also said the Public Entity Pool representative surveyed the village for risk assessment issues. He said the village submitted its lead mapping of water lines by March 1.

Martin presented bids for the repaving of Heyman Drive, Locust and Liberty streets, totaling $38,175.

In other action, council:

• Adopted the ordinance between Attica and the state of Ohio allowing Ohio Department of Transportation to micro surface SR 224 in the village.

• Heard the second reading of the ordinance approving, adopting and enacting the 2017 Ohio Basic Code for the municipality.

• Announced the North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments annual meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center.

Council is to meet at 7:30 p.m. March 23.