Bloomville council seat filled

BLOOMVILLE — Bloomville Mayor Steve George appointed Dave Auble Sr. to the open seat on council and Solicitor Tim Hoover swore him in Wednesday evening.

George also reminded residents not to park in the street after 2 inches of snow have fallen for snow plowing. Likewise, he reminded residents to clear their sidewalks within 24 hours after a snow fall and remove snow from around fire hydrants for better access in case of emergency.

Councilman Ray Weasner recommended offering the part-time police chief position to Nicholas Heil from Upper Sandusky. Heil is a former captain for the Upper Sandusky force, serving from 1991 to 2015. Weasner said Heil received early training with the Bloomville department and is a certified arms instructor.

During the last meeting, Clerk/treasurer Janis Weasner said the land bank, that usually demolishes abandoned property and clears the lot, had approached the village about having a buyer for two such properties with plans for refurbishing the houses. Council agreed they would rather the houses were demolished, but residents Barry Hassinger and Herman Kinn approached council about their interest in purchasing the properties and improving them.

Hassinger said he had heard another buyer was considering clearing the property for an impound lot. As he already owns properties on either side, he doesn’t want to see that happen. As one property is held by a mortgage broker, ownership is in question.

Hassinger said the land bank told him the village had made its decision about the properties. But his question to the council was, “What does the village want done with the properties?”

Hassinger and council members are to investigate their options.

Officer in Charge Don Holmer said the village’s 1.5-mill police levy expires in 2019. Members plan to discuss the millage needed to meet their needs and are to move forward to place a levy on the November ballot.

George said donations for the Reinhart family that lost their home to a fire Tuesday could be made at www.gofund Donations of dog food, clothing and personal items can be delivered to Mohawk Local School or First National Bank of Bloomville.

In other action, council:

• Paid bills.

• Noted the village office is to be closed Feb. 19 for Presidents’ Day.

• Adopted a resolution to hire Monica Biller as part-time pool manager.

• Heard the second reading of a resolution authorizing participation in the Ohio Department of Transportation winter program for salt.

• Authorized employee Kellie Aiello to be on the checking account and sign checks.

• Moved to increase mayor’s court fee to $75.

Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 21.