PAULDING – Paulding Village Council heard a local business hopes to expand and was asked about using electric scooters on streets during the regular meeting Monday, Aug. 1.

Two citizens addressed council.

Myra Lee asked council to review its regulations for electric scooters, electric mini bikes and electric skateboards. Police officers told her son it’s illegal to run electric scooters on the street or sidewalk. The ordinance committee will meet for further discussion at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8.

Chasidy Strable had her property surveyed on Dix Street. It was discovered a neighbor’s fence is encroaching on an adjacent alley and the alley is partially on her property. Village administrator Jason Vance and solicitor Harvey Hyman will work on the issue.

Council’s buildings and grounds committee met July 25. Councilman David Burtch reported Megan Sierra, executive director of PC Workshop/Limitless store, and Jamison Clark of PC Workshop made a presentation about the possibility of expanding the Limitless Store. The workshop owns some ground on the west side of the current building. They are looking into constructing a new facility on that property.

Burtch said several expansion and construction scenarios were discussed, but the project is in very early stages.

Sierra and Clark asked about the village’s future plans for the adjacent Stokely Ponds property. He explained they want a positive environment for the retail and food they want to put in the building expansion.

Burtch said, “They would like to be able to connect with the ball fields and the soccer fields and also maybe Bittersweet [senior residences],” which would be beneficial to the west side of town. “They’re doing an amazing business and they want to grow it,” he added.

Finance director Cheryl Halter reminds everyone the village office will be closed at certain times between Aug. 4-10 for staff training on new utilities billing software. The schedule is:

• Thursday, Aug. 4 – Office open 8 a.m.-noon

• Friday, Aug. 5 – Closed all day to the public

• Monday, Aug. 8 – Office open 1-4 p.m.

• Tuesday, Aug. 9 – Office open 8 a.m.-noon

• Wednesday, Aug. 10 – Closed all day to the public

Normal office hours should resume Aug. 11.

Vance announced Officer Devin Sanchez is resigning his full-time police department position effective Aug. 7. He wants to remain a reserve officer.

Vance said the village is accepting applications for a full-time officer to replace Sanchez.

In addition, the village will begin mosquito spraying this week, weather permitting.

The sewage lift station components and pumps for the Gasser Road infrastructure project has been installed. The contractor is still waiting for some electrical components.

Council members had several questions.

Councilman Randy Daeger asked for an update on security for the village brush pile behind Live Oak Cemetery. Vance said he is looking into reusing two stationary cameras and a driveway gate to help save some costs. Vance is waiting for quotes on a fence and to have the brush pile ground into mulch.

Daeger also noted a “huge issue” with grass growing in gutters, especially in the “New Addition” area west of Walnut Street and north of Baldwin Avenue. Vance responded the village is continuing a preventative maintenance program, started four years ago, of sealing pavement cracks. However, where pavement already is deteriorated, crack sealing is “wasting your money.”

A complaint was raised about residents leaving items for bulk trash pick-up at the curb for a week or more before their scheduled pick-up date. The map and schedule are on the village website at www.villageofpaulding.com under Bulk Pick Up Schedule.

Mayor Greg White commended the street workers for responding to the power outage one day last week. They immediately placed signs at intersections where traffic lights are located and “kept the village safe, traffic-wise.”

Councilman Dan Workman commended Officer Nathaniel Trausch for an excellent job at the law enforcement and first responder training held July 31 at Paulding School.

The police department during July responded to 196 service requests and four traffic accidents; issued four traffic citations; wrote zero parking tickets; completed 109 security checks; sent three junk notice letters; and issued one junk ordinance citation.

No EMS report was available.

Council adjourned into executive session for a personnel matter. No action was taken.

The next regular council meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15. The public may watch live via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4451352151. The meeting ID number is 445 135 2151.