Police chief reminds Attica residents about clearing snow from sidewalks

ATTICA — Village Police Chief Keith Turner reminded residents that sidewalks are to be cleaned within 24 hours after a snowfall. Village ordinances may be found at the library.

Turner said North Central Electric Co-operative Inc. has invited his department to participate in the annual board meeting making Kid IDs for youngsters. He also noted his department’s cruisers had two radar units certified.

Fiscal Officer Pat Krebs said $963,480.54 is in all funds. She said the Ohio Public Works Commission’s 30-year loan totaled $1,760, 302.59 for the new sewer lagoons and a payment of $29,338.38 is due July 1.

Councilman Kirk Stanfield questioned funding for the sewer system. He feels rates are too high for water and sewer usage and the village should be using Rural Water. Councilman George Yakoubian conceded Attica is in the top 5 percent of Ohio rates but wondered what Stanfield’s solution would be when the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency mandates the village to have a certain size plant. Village Administrator Greg Martin agreed the Ohio EPA tells the village what capacity it must maintain.

Yakoubian said the village population is down and usage is down due to residents trying to conserve.

Stanfield wanted to know how much the village has provided toward the sewer project. Krebs said the village has paid $462,813.26 since 2010.

Turner suggested Stanfield use his efforts to attract industry into the community to offset the costs to residents.

Martin said the Ohio EPA would be inspecting the sewer plant. He also noted being contacted by a circus promoter who would come to the village May 9 for two shows as a money-maker for an organization. Anyone interested may call Martin at (419) 426-9611.

Thomas Daniel declined the village’s offer for the part-time fiscal officer position, therefore the personnel committee is to examine the remaining resumes and interview other candidates, hoping to have the position filled in time for an upcoming mandatory Local Government Officials Conference in Columbus March 22-23.

In other action, the council:

• Heard the second reading of the ordinance accepting the 2018 Ohio Basic Code.

• Received an invitation from the Seneca County Opportunity Center recognizing March as Developmental Disabilities Month for their luncheon and tour of the facility March 15 and to participate in a celebrity basketball game at Heidelberg University March 20.

Council is to meet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22.