New Riegel council passes unlicensed vehicle ordinance

NEW RIEGEL — New Riegel Village Council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday evening prohibiting unlicensed vehicles, trailers and ATVs.

The ordinance will go into effect in 30 days.

The intent of the ordinance is to maintain the health, safety and welfare of the residential community, council members said. The ruling will not allow storage containers, trailers, semi-trailers, ATVs or unlicensed vehicles to be parked or placed on residential property within the village.

In cases of emergency, storage containers could be placed on a property providing the sheriff’s office has been notified and limited to no more than two weeks.

The language was prepared by Richard Palau, the village solicitor, in response to requests from villagers.

The sidewalk repair project is nearing completion. Sidewalks on Tiffin and Perry streets that were deemed to be hazards still need to be replaced. The $31,000 project has been funded by the village. This will complete the third phase of sidewalk improvements. While replacing sidewalks, it was discovered that a village clay tile had collapsed. The tile was replaced, the hole filled with stone, and the sidewalk was completed at an additional cost of $400.

Mayor Larry Bouillon thanked the council and the village residents for cleaning up the town. He said he recognized the pride people are taking in their homes and village.

The community clean up Sept. 7 was a huge success, Bouillon said. The village had appropriated $900 for the project.

Several projects on the council’s summer improvements list still are pending.

Ohio Department of Transportation has yet to paint the crosswalks at the school’s driveways. Tree trimming has not been started.  Installation of the telecommunication system and the ditch cleaning have been delayed. 

Bouillon reminded council members of the 2014 ordinance which prohibited inoperable, junk or unlicensed vehicles or car parts to be left uncovered on residential property.

Council meetings are to shift to winter hours in October. The Oct. 15 meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.