By MELINDA KRICK

Correspondent

PAULDING - Paulding Village Council met briefly Tuesday, Sept. 3, considering legislation regulating farm animals in the village, agreeing to replace one block of Walnut Street with concrete pavement and buying a new snow plow.

The meeting was postponed from Monday due to Labor Day.

The second reading was heard of Ordinance 1569-19, which would prohibit the keeping of farm animals within the village.

Under the legislation, no "strictly prohibited animal" would be allowed to be kept in the village. These animals would include horses, male fowl and poultry over six months old, swine, peahens, peacocks, guinea fowl, exotic animals, deer, antelope, bears, llama, alpaca, equine, bison, "nor any animal not an otherwise authorized dog which weighs in excess of 200 pounds" and no animals for breeding nor egg laying.

In contrast, certain "farm animals" may be kept, but prior to raising or keeping the animals in the village the prospective owner shall make an application for a permit with the village zoning inspector. The permit would have to be applied for annually.

The ordinance defines "farm animal" as those kept and raised for food or in the production of food or in the operation of a farm, such as horses, ponies, goats, pigs, cows and fowl.

Further, the legislation includes 4-H and FFA guidelines for permitting, allowing a certain number of animals for fair projects and some for a limited number of months.

Council had no discussion on the measure beyond asking village solicitor Harvey Hyman to send a copy of the proposed ordinance to Michael Schweinsberg at the OSU Extension Office.

Anyone with comments or concerns about the farm animal ordinance should attend the next council meeting Sept. 16 prior to the final vote.

The street committee met Aug. 23 to discuss street repair on Walnut Street between Caroline and Jackson streets. The committee recommends replacing the pavement with concrete instead of asphalt due to semis causing wear and tear. Several council members noted the street has a lot of cracks and is in bad shape.

Council approved a motion to approve the street committee report, including moving ahead with concrete, by a 5-0 vote. Councilman Randy Daeger was absent.

Later in the meeting, council heard the first reading of Resolution 1350-19 authorizing the mayor or village administrator to make an application for financial assistance under the Ohio Public Works Commission's (OPWC) Financial Assistance Program. The project would include removing the existing asphalt pavement and subbase on one block of Walnut Street and replacing with new base and concrete The village is seeking $77,000 toward the Walnut Street Reconstruction project. The village's share would be $80,000. Total estimated cost is $157,000.

On a related note, Councilwoman Barb Rife asked if pavement damage on Caroline Street due to sewer separation work will be fixed before winter. Village administrator Dale Goebel said the contractor will patch the street, possibly this fall, or in the spring.

Goebel reported a snow plow needs some major repair, estimated at $7,000, if it can be fixed at all. He advised purchasing a new plow for $11,300, noting there's a 90-day lead time for ordering. Councilman Dan Workman said the old plow is at least 15 years old.

Council unanimously voted to accept the administrator's report including purchasing a new plow. Funds will come from the general fund.

The old plow will be scrapped.

Emerald Acres residents Matt and Karen Sunday asked about the status of current drainage repairs in the subdivision. Goebel said the contractor is nearly done correcting a couple of issues.

Hyman noted a lease for transmission service on the Emerald Road water tower is being transferred to another company. The lease is renewable on a yearly basis. If council wants to renegotiate the contract next year, it must give at least 180 days notice.

The recreation committee met Aug. 26 and again Aug. 28 regarding repairs needed at Reservoir Park after this spring's mug bog weekend. The committee needs another meeting before making any recommendations to council. The meeting was set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9.

A citizen inquired about the road at Reservoir Park needing repairs. Goebel said village workers trained with the newly acquired DuraPatcher pothole repair equipment on this roadway and they were able to fix some areas needing attention.

Ordinance 1571-19 was introduced and unanimously passed by council as emergency. It provides for the issuance of not to exceed $150,000 notes in anticipation of the issuance of bonds to purchase water treatment canister filters, water valves and fire hydrants.

In other business, council:

• Heard that during August, the police department handled 270 service requests and six traffic accidents, wrote four citations into Mayor's Court, wrote five parking tickets, completed 671 security checks, sent five junk notice letters and issued zero junk ordinance citations.

• Heard Mayor's Court collected a total of $400 for the month of August.

• Approved street use permits for the Paulding High School's homecoming parade on Sept. 27, and for the Habitat for Humanity 5K on Oct. 5.

• Unanimously accepted the salary and allowance committee's recommended changes for the policy manual regarding overtime pay, meal reimbursement and concealed carry.

• Heard the first reading of Resolution 1349-19 accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor.

Council met in special session Aug 27. The only item on the agenda was unanimous approval of an emergency resolution authorizing participation in ODOT's road salt contracts.