Village OKs sidewalk payment

NEW RIEGEL — New Riegel Village Council agreed 6-0 Tuesday to make a payment to Hank and Associates Engineering Co. of Tiffin, not to exceed $7,000, as part of a sidewalk restoration project currently in the works.

“We’ve contracted with Hank and Associates Engineering Co. to propose a plan,” Mayor Larry Bouillon said.

Council took steps in March to submit a grant proposal to receive Community Development Block Grant funding, estimating that costs of paving the sidewalks would total around $100,000. Council decided to offer $60,000 and request an additional $40,000.

Streets listed to be repaved include North Perry Street, West Tiffin Street, East Tiffin Street and West Findlay Street. Bouillon said that since sewer work had taken place in the past, the conditions of the sidewalks had worsened and present a safety hazard.

“The big expense is in making everything handicap accessible,” he said, adding an additional stipulation is that the sidewalk must have the highest amount of traffic in town.

Before submitting the grant proposal, 90 income surveys need to be completed by village households. The households selected to complete the survey are to be randomly selected by computer and enough surveys must be returned for the proposal to be submitted.

Applications for CDBG funding are due Monday.

A sewer district survey also is being distributed and residents are asked to fill out both.

In other matters, pressure was put on Solicitor Rick Palau to provide details concerning a possible contract between New Riegel and Seneca County Sheriff’s Office to provide protection for the village. Palau said the contract is in process, the terms have been delivered and they are waiting to hear from the civil attorney before further action can take place.

Additionally, it was announced an audit for the period of Jan. 1, 2015-Dec. 31 is to start Monday.

In addition, Bouillon said the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure will be making its way through New Riegel 6:30-10:30 p.m. June 20. The tour itself is to take place in several cities throughout the area, beginning in Findlay June 17 and ending June 24. Bouillon said participants will ride at their own pace, so they will cross intersections in New Riegel over a time span of several hours. Bouillon said it may be necessary to direct some vehicular traffic as there are about 1,500 cyclists expected to participate.

In other matters, little was said regarding the approval of a gas pipeline. Bouillon passed around a pamphlet with additional information including safety procedures such as the dos and don’ts of finding a leak in the line.

In addition, Bouillon asked Palau if anything could be done regarding recent complaints of junk found on properties in town. Palau said he would see if there were any violations of ordinances and explained that if so, he would be the one to prosecute. Palau also explained that if any action is taken, there would need to be an independent witness present.

In other news, council:

• Approved a request from a representative from All Saints Parish to allow the parish to tap into the existing 12-inch tile to surround a new driveway that was put around the cemetery last year.

• Announced that the trash pickup is scheduled for Sept. 30 and made a point to mention that concrete would not be accepted.

• Announced the restrooms now are open for the garage sales which would be taking place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

• Discussed a dog kennel that was placed in an inappropriate position in an alley, creating an obstruction.

• Agreed to contact the Seneca County Veterans Association for new flags to be provided.