ATTICA - Tiffin YMCA representatives Bobbie Zeigler and Deena Smith approached Attica council members proposing the Myers Park swimming pool become a gathering place for Attica seniors.
They would like to develop morning low-impact fitness class two days weekly that could assist those with arthritis or in need of rehabilitation. The YMCA supplies its own lifeguards and instructors for the program. Insurance coverage for participants and the pool are provided by the Y during class time.
Residents in Republic and Bloomville also are invited to participate.
They also are looking at involving area youth in the SPLASH program, helping them to be comfortable in the water and learning to swim.
Council approved the YMCA creating and providing the wellness program for seniors. More information will be released when the program is developed.
Engineer Marvin Gnagy addressed council reporting on his trihalomethane reduction study and the water distribution optimization plan which the Ohio EPA approved Thursday.
He recommended the village utilize chloramination, an ammonia feed system, to reduce the THMs at a cost of $1,740 annually. Regarding the distribution system, water sits in the village elevated tank for 18 hours a day, heating the water in warm weather that can lower chlorine levels. The plan is to turn the water over causing an internal mixing during off-production hours. A routine flushing program of the water lines is to be done in several locations with at least two monthly at Seneca East School. An automatic flushing system at strategic locations is being considered.
Gnagy proposed a smaller water line run along the present line for drinking water at the school while the larger would continue for fire coverage and the football field.
Police Chief Keith Turner told council police cruisers are no longer road worthy and requested they consider purchasing a new cruiser. After discussion, members voted to purchase a 2013 Dodge Charger using $14,000 from set-aside funds for a down payment and procuring a loan for the remaining $20,000 from Sutton Bank at 5 percent interest. The cost includes striping, light bars and in-car video equipment. An attempt will be made to sell the used vehicles.
Turner reminded council a police levy ends December 2013 and preparation must begin to place it on the November ballot. He said the police have been more visible in the community handing out Ride Safe-Be Safe reflectors to youth and had a Boy Scout troop examine the police cruiser. The officers are participating in the Click It or Ticket program. They also are applying for grants for equipment and other community programs.
Resident Leonard Stockmaster complained to council about his neighbor's 2-foot-high grass and untagged car and boat on the property. Turner said police would place a notice for cleanup and mowing at the property.
Village Administrator Greg Martin reported test borings have been completed for placement of the new sewer plant and lagoon. He also said the pool has been cleaned in preparation for opening day June, 2 but a leak has been identified. The baby pool has also had a leak found.
Further testing of the emergency siren near the fairgrounds has revealed that vibration from passing trains may be causing it not to work at all times.
The meeting went into executive session for discussion of litigation.
In other matters, council:
Announced a farmers market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 2 at Honey Creek Park, South SR4. Banners are displayed and vendors are welcome.
Approved Emily Bates and Rachel Stout as pool co-managers and assistant manager, as well as lifeguards.
Approved the 2012-13 contract between Ball Association and the village at Myers Park.
Heard recycling is 4:30-6:30 p.m. June 7 with Venice Township in charge. Volunteers are needed.
Learned vacant lots have been mowed.
Heard a streetlight is needed at Walnut and North Liberty streets.
Council meets next at 7:30 p.m. June 14.