Village seeks grants for street work

GREEN SPRINGS — Village council members heard about the possibility of improving several streets in the village during their meeting Tuesday night.

Engineer Rob Jurs from GGJ presented information regarding the Ohio Public Works Commission local transportation improvement programs. Jurs said he would submit the application on behalf of the village to the Seneca County Engineer’s Office.

If the village receives grant funding, a local match would be needed to fund the projects. Village Administrator John Miller said the streets that would be included in the application would be Catherine Street/Smith Street, Kansas Street between Adams and Maple, and Euclid Street from Broadway to the dead end.

Jurs said any project facilitated through the program would not begin until July or later.

Miller also said the village was seeing great improvements in water quality thanks to the aeration equipment in operation at the water tower. He said water usage has decreased significantly since the village does not have to flush the system to maintain a quality water supply.

Miller also stated the village still is looking for qualified applicants to fill positions in the street department.

Sandusky County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Hart gave a presentation in opposition to Issue 1, which is to appear on the November ballot. He stated the proposed change to Ohio’s constitution would change many drug offenses from a felony to a misdemeanor, taking away the authority of judges to hold people accountable. He said every judge wants to help drug offenders get treatment, but noted some offenders would not participate if courts were not able to require them to report to jail if they do not report for treatment.

In regards to the land across the street from the village building and park, Village Solicitor Rick Palau said he has paperwork ready for the leadership of the Lions Club, fire department, American Legion and VFW to sign the land over to the village. After he has signatures, Palau would file the necessary paperwork to finalize the transfer.

Don Ballah from North Central EMS attended the meeting to formally announce his retirement to the group. He said Ashley Ballah has taken over as director of North Central EMS.

Mayor Adam Greenslade thanked Don Ballah for his assistance in the bid process and transition to a paid ambulance service. Police Chief Charlie Horne said one of the EMS crews has had the same crew members for the entire 2.5 years of the contract, citing this stability as something that has made the crews familiar with the layout of the village and able to respond quickly anytime they are needed.

Pleasant Township Trustee Bill Biller said the township has a 2.5-mill levy on the November ballot to fund its share of the agreement with North Central EMS. Pleasant Township has been receiving EMS services from North Central at a much lower rate than the other entities as a stopgap measure since voters of that township rejected the original ballot issue that was proposed in November 2015. Biller encouraged citizens to support the levy in order to continue to receive quality EMS service.

Horne said someone passed counterfeit money in the village recently. He said the person did not know the money was not real, and immediately paid restitution to the store where he passed it to avoid further issues.

Horne also said the annual Halloween festivities in the village would be Oct. 28. Costume judging would take place at 4:30 p.m. that day, with a parade starting at 5 p.m. and trick-or-treat 6-7 p.m.

Council heard the final reading of an ordinance to allow for the licensing and street operation of under speed vehicles, such as side-by-side UTVs and ATVs, along with the continued operation of golf carts in the village. The inspection fee to get those vehicles certified before heading to the license bureau would be $1 for village residents and $25 for non-residents.

The next council meeting is set for 7 p.m.

Sept. 17.