NEW RIEGEL - New Riegel Mayor Larry Bouillon announced the village will be eligible to apply for a small government grant through the Ohio Public Works Commission for repaving Perry Street (SR 587) in the village next year.
Following the hearing in Tiffin that examined the evaluation criteria, it was determined the project could move on to be considered by the OPWC. Council members voted to allow Bouillon to apply for the grant and the village may receive an answer by March or April.
Bouillon said the county mitigation plan for the Safety Hazard Program including all villages is nearing completion.
Fiscal Officer Jackie Honaker presented the cash summary by fund statement and the appropriations status to council. She was granted approval for temporary appropriations for current expenses by emergency ordinance.
Bouillon and council members congratulated Deirdre Bakies for graduating from the Tree Academy. She has gained much information about the future plantings in the village.
Anyone interested in planting a tree should contact Bakies first to make sure the proper tree is being planted in the proper place.
The plan calls for possibly removing 20 hazardous trees plus more ash trees next year if funds are available. Some additional trees need trimming.
Street worker Jerry Faeth has readied the snowplow and salt spreader for winter weather. He requested the finance committee keep several village needs in mind while compiling the 2013 appropriations. Three more catch basins are to be repaired before year's end.
In other action, council:
Approved Huntington Insurance's proposal of $5,965 with some amendments for village coverage.
Approved the NBS Joint Fire District use of the village hose tower to dry hoses for emergencies.
Heard Bouillon thank council members and employees for their cooperation and staying within the budget this year.
Set a finance committee meeting for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 to work on appropriations.
Discussed cats in the village and heard a street light needs repaired.
Council meets next at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15.