Photo credit/Melinda Krick, The Paulding Progress Correspondent Approval was given Monday for constructing a Sunoco gas station and convenience store in this vacant lot at the corner of West Wayne Street (Ohio 111) and German Street in Paulding. The location is about a block north of the fairgrounds.

PAULDING – A new gas station – possibly with fast-food service – is expected to open in Paulding before winter, Paulding Village Council heard Monday, June 7.

Zoning inspector Ron Schmidt presented a report of a recent Planning Commission meeting regarding the request of Greg Reinhart and National Oil & Gas Inc. to build a gas station and convenience store at the southeast corner of West Wayne Street (Ohio 111) and German Street.

Also attending the council meeting were Reinhart; Alan Gunkel, vice president of Indiana-based National Oil & Gas; and county economic development director Tim Copsey.

The facility will be a Sunoco station. They anticipate the facility will be ready to open in December.

The property will be laid out to accommodate a food establishment in the future.

Schmidt’s report noted the lot will be properly filled and graded to prevent flooding.

The Planning Commission approved Reinhart’s plans. The property is already properly zoned for the new business, according to Schmidt.

Council unanimously approved construction and issuing a conditional use permit.

The village is seeking a new finance director to replace Zoe McMaster. No reason was given for her departure May 20. Mayor Greg White declined to comment.

McMaster began working for the village in February 2020. Applications are being accepted for her replacement.

Village administrator Jason Vance announced several employee appointments, including Devin Sanchez as full-time police officer, and Melissa Martinez (rehire), Aiden Herman and Ethan Herman as part-time seasonal employees.

The village is accepting applications for a full-time utility/street department worker. Applications are available at the village utilities office or online at villageofpaulding.com.

Vance reported the contractor started replacing sewer pipe on West Wayne Street near the funeral home. The road was scheduled to be closed a day on June 8. Work should begin next week on another sewer pipe replacement between Kay Nora Avenue and North Walnut Street.

After being tabled at the last meeting, Ordinance 1616-21 to establish a vacant building registration program was unanimously approved. Village solicitor Harvey Hyman made a few minor modifications to the ordinance language following a June 2 public meeting on the proposed program.

Council suspended the rules to pass four resolutions as emergencies. All four request the county auditor certify the dollar amount of revenue that would be generated by replacement levies for the police department. Council members said they must have revenue estimates before placing any levies on the ballot this fall.

The resolutions were:

• No. 1375-21, for a 2.6-mill replacement levy for the purpose of maintaining motor vehicles and other police equipment and the payment of salaries of permanent police personnel.

• No. 1376-21, for a 2.9-mill re- placement levy for providing police protection for village citizens by providing and maintaining motor vehicles and other police equipment and payment of salaries.

• No. 1379.21, for a 2.9-mill replacement levy for current police operating expenses.

• No. 1380-21, for a 3.0-mill replacement levy for the purpose of maintaining motor vehicles and other police equipment or the payment of salaries including the payment of policemen employer’s contributions.

Council also voted to table four additional resolutions for police department replacement levies.

The county auditor is expected to provide the estimated revenue figures within 10 days. Council’s ordinance committee will meet to review the information at 5 p.m. Monday, June 21, prior to the regular council meeting.

Councilwoman Barb Rife reported on a joint safety committee and utility committee meeting. Member discussed ways to account for water usage by the fire department and reporting on when the fire department fills swimming pools. Council also asked that the fire chief attend one council meeting per month.

The mayor commented that the public sometimes yells at or otherwise mistreats employees in the utilities office. He said that instead, if someone has a problem, they should contact the village administrator, mayor or a council member to resolve the situation.

Councilman David Burtch announced John Paulding Summer Blast will be Friday, July 16. The event includes a parade, food, beer, live music and fireworks.

Council also approved amendments to the rules of council. Now, individuals or representatives of organizations must request, no later than two business days prior to the scheduled council meeting, to be added to the agenda to address council with proposals, comments or requests.

Also, citizens will not be permitted to offer comments at a meeting until they have been acknowledged and called upon by the mayor, and their comments will be limited to two minutes.

For more information about council rules, contact the village office.

In May, Paulding EMS had 61 calls and 60 patients for a year-to-date total of 310 calls and 306 patients. The squad provided mutual aid once for Payne and missed four calls due to no personnel available.

The police department during May responded to 259 service requests and nine traffic accidents; wrote four traffic citations; wrote six parking tickets; completed 869 security checks; sent four junk notice letters; and issued zero junk ordinance citations.

The next regular council meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 21. Watch via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 4451352151. The meeting ID number is 445 135 2151.