By MELINDA KRICK

Correspondent

PAULDING – Paulding Village Council moved ahead with placing an income tax question on the primary ballot and a pair of studies during the regular meeting Monday, Nov. 18.

Council also heard of a sewer rate increase, a change in the leaf pick-up schedule, funding help for a street reconstruction and a new full-time police officer.

Council voted to adopt Ordinance 1575-19 approving the imposition of an income tax increase for maintaining village cemeteries. This was followed by adoption of Resolution 1354-19 to submit the question of the income tax increase to the voters.

Both legislative items were passed unanimously after suspending the rules and declaring an emergency.

The additional tax of one-tenth of a percent (0.1 percent) would be levied on all salaries, wages, commissions and other compensation for a period of five years.

The measure is expected to be put on the ballot of the March 10 spring primary.

Councilman Tim Boss said the recreation committee met Nov. 14 and discussed whether or not to allow the annual Horsepower Holiday event at the fairgrounds to use village property along Flat Rock Creek. Last spring, four-wheelers caused some damage in Reservoir Park.

Boss said the committee recommends allowing use of village property if a contract is signed and renewed each year.

No dollar amount was stipulated. Village administrator Dale Goebel noted the amount hasn’t been decided and can be changed each year.

Councilwoman Barb Rife asked whether the Horsepower Holiday organizers have made repairs or restitution for damages this year. Nothing has been done yet, Goebel said.

Rife told council, “I’ve heard from residents that they do not want them back.”

A motion to accept the recreation committee’s recommendation passed by a 5-1 vote, with Rife voting no.

Councilman David Burtch made a motion to contract with DiSalvo Development Advisers to conduct two studies for the village for $3,500. The motion passed 5-1 with Rife again dissenting.

One study will be a downtown building assessment and the other a village retail assessment. Both are being offered as options in conjunction with a countywide housing study commissioned by the Paulding County Vision Board. Burtch said the projects may begin before the end of the year.

In his report, Goebel notified council sewer rates will be raised 3 percent next year. The water rates are scheduled to increase 3 percent starting Jan. 1; council is looking into whether to raise the water rate higher.

Goebel reported county economic developer Jerry Zielke “went out of his way” to help acquire funding for West Wall Street reconstruction. ODOT is willing to commit about $85,000 toward the project.

Leaf pick-up will continue on Wednesdays only for the rest of the season, probably until early December.

Last week, 400 bags of leaves were picked up.

Leaves should be secured in bags – not boxes or plastic containers – and placed at the curb.

Goebel reminds residents that state law requires property owners to remove snow and ice within a “reasonable amount of time,” usually 12 to 24 hours, from public sidewalks that cross their property.

Karen and Matt Sunday asked when the sewer jet will be used on streets in Emerald Acres. The administrator responded the job is on the “to do” list and will be addressed as soon as possible.

Mayor Greg Reinhart reported Police Chief Randy Crawford recommended Timothy Ridgway be employed as a full-time officer as of Nov. 22.

Ridgway had been appointed as a reserve officer earlier this month.

Village solicitor Harvey Hyman received the information needed to draft a memorandum of understanding for two “Welcome to Paulding” signs on U.S. 127. The north side sign will be within the village limits and the south side sign is a few hundred yards outside the limits. Council approved a motion for Hyman to proceed.

  Passed on its third reading was Resolution 1352-19 accepting ODOT’s recommendation to lower the statutory 50 mph speed limit to 45 mph on Ohio 111 (West Wayne Street) between Ohio 500/Road 103 and Road 107.

The first readings were heard of two ordinances.

Ordinance 1574-19 would make permanent appropriations for current expenses and other expenditures of the village during 2020. The total for all funds is $7,286,470.

Ordinance 1573-19 would amend and increase appropriations for current expenses for the village for the current year ending Dec. 31.

The first reading also was heard for Resolution 1353-19 authorizing purchasing supplies for 2020.

At the request of Finance Director Annette Hasch, council approved three fund transfers:

• $24,852.26 from Income Tax Fund to Water Capital Improvement Fund regarding a water meter replacement project.

• $50,000 from Income Tax Fund to Sewer Capital Improvement Fund for sewer separation phases 1 and 2.

  • $45,052.99 from Income Tax Fund to Street Construction Fund for Gasser Road/North Walnut Street improvements and Perry and Cherry streets and Emerald Road improvements.

In other business, council:

• Okayed closing portions of Jackson and Main streets for the Merry & Bright Christmas event from noon-7:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

  • Heard the EMS received 60 calls and transported 56 patients during October, for a year-to-date total of 578 calls and 555 patients. The squad provided mutual aid three times for Oakwood and once for Payne while missing six calls due to no available personnel.

Council adjourned into executive session to discuss a personnel matter.

The following council committee meetings were scheduled:

• Safety committee to discuss a possible new police cruiser, Nov. 25 at 4:30 p.m.

• Street committee regarding a possible sidewalk project along Dooley Drive, Nov. 25 after safety committee.

• Safety and allowance committee regarding employee insurance, Nov. 25 after street committee.

• Utilities committee to discuss the amount of a water rate hike, Nov. 26 at 4:30 p.m.

• Buildings and grounds committee Nov. 26 after utilities committee.

• Finance committee regarding the budget, Nov. 26 after buildings and grounds.