By Bonnie Daniel
NEW RIEGEL - Mayor Larry Bouillon said during New Riegel's council meeting Tuesday evening he received word the village has been approved for a $125,000 Ohio Public Works Commission state capital improvements and local transportation improvement program grant to resurface Tiffin Street and SR 587 through the village. Council had to match that funding and the grant should arrive around July 1. Council members have been seeking funding for the project to smooth out the road since the sewer system was completed.
Councilwoman Deirdre Bakies shared information from the countywide EMS meeting to discuss ways to promote increasing volunteers as EMTs. EMS Director Ken Majors said the county could break down into joint ambulance districts that would each pass a levy providing a stipend for the volunteers.
Big Spring Township trustee Gary Schalk is to set up a meeting for interested parties from the NBS joint fire district and the county to discuss the future of its program.
Seneca County commissioners had been scheduled to be at the meeting but canceled and residents were present to ask questions about the sewer system. When John Metzger asked about the sewer, Bouillon said council could not answer questions since the county owns it. Metzger along with Ralph Theis Jr. became vocal and several residents walked out of the meeting.
Police Chief Steve Swartzmiller said the department is participating in the "Click It or Ticket" program Saturday through June 1. He reminded residents to trim shrubbery and tall grass near their homes for safety.
Streets have been swept and the village has 35 bags of salt left this year, said street worker Jerry Faeth. He has catch basins to clean and tree grindings to pick up. He is to obtain quotes from Mike Metzger for either installing drain tile or new catch basins along East Tiffin Street and lowering of some drains. Street work needs to be completed before resurfacing of the streets begins.
Three tons of cold patch were purchased to fill pot holes.
Fiscal Officer Megan Reinhart submitted the financial report. She said she has transferred council members from the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System program to Social Security.
Resident Joanne Gabel received permission from council to install Seneca County 4-H signs on the welcome signs entering the village.
Council moved into executive session for discussion of personnel issues.
In other matters, council said the street light still needs a module to finish repairs.
Council is to meet at 7 p.m. May 20.