PAULDING – Paulding VillageCouncil had a short agenda Monday, Feb. 7, hearing updates on several issues, including a residential drainageproblem, junk and nuisance ordinance changes and two contracts.

Emerald Road resident Margaret Phlipot, who spoke at the Jan. 18 meeting, returned to council about ongoing drainage problems in her front yard and neighbors’ yards. She shared photos taken after rain last week showingstanding water in her yard.

Village administrator Jason Vance said an old 6-inch clay field tile drains the properties on the west side of Emerald Road, probably into Opossum Run. He suspects the tile could be collapsed or clogged with tree roots and needs replaced. Vance has contacted an engineer to investigate the situation.

The first reading was heard of Ordinance 1628-22, repealing and replacing Ordinances 841-82 and 1580-20, prohibiting the deposit, storage, maintenance or collection of junk or junk motor vehicles in the village.

The Committee of the Whole met Jan. 27 to discuss a request for Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) for developing a 53-lot housing subdivision east of Countryside Estates. Meeting guests included developer Cody Clark, zoning inspector Ron Schmidt and county economic developer Tim Copsey.

Councilwoman Barb Rife reported the council has several questions and requested more information. Village solicitor Harvey Hyman is meeting this week with Joe Burkard, county prosecuting attorney, who has worked with TIFs previously.

Hyman noted the main advantages of TIFs to the village are speeding development of that area and helping pay for the needed infrastructure.

The ordinance committee also met Jan. 27 and discussed the pest and nuisance ordinance. Councilwoman Lois Beamer reported the committee asked about the status of pest inspections and learned no more inspections had been done due to lack of qualified local inspectors. The suggestion was made that a firm in Defiance offers this service. Village officials will contact the firm.

The committee discussed the nuisance part of the ordinance as it applies to trash sitting around a week or more before pick-up. Recommendations were made to raise fines and shorten the lead time of the first notice. Hyman planned to have the revisions ready to present Feb. 7.

Hyman told the ordinance committee the letter for the vacant building registration program should be ready to send out soon.

“The sooner, the better, on all this,” said Councilman Randy Daeger. He pointed out a few properties that are a “mess” with garbage bags, cans and junk piled around the dwellings.

In his report, Vance thanked the street department for putting in long hours during last week’s snowstorm.

Vance reported all documents for the Gasser Road water and sewer extension project have been signed and forwarded to the contractor, VTF Excavating. Substantial completion date for the project is Oct. 1.

This year’s solid waste contract also has been signed.

Finance Director Cheryl Halter said the village is still operating on a temporary budget. Her work has been disrupted by employee illnesses, a clerk’s resignation and the snowstorm. Interviews are being held for the clerk position.

Mayor Greg White said he has received comments on how well the village handled snow plowing and cleanup last week. A question was raised about cleaning intersections. Officials responded the first plowing pass is to make a street passable, and snow is pushed back from the corners on subsequent trips.

In an update from the Jan. 18 meeting, White reported he contacted AEP about adding a street light at the corner of Emerald Road and Helen Street. An AEP representative will look at the situation. White believes a street light will be installed, but probably not until spring.

White said Police Chief Randy Crawford recommended Zachary Blue as a full-time police officer, pending completion of his testing and physical. Crawford expects Blue to start Feb. 26.

In January, Paulding EMS had 87 calls and 82 patients. The squad provided mutual aid three times for Antwerp and missed six calls due lack of available personnel.

Council scheduled a utilities committee meeting for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, to discuss a solar array.

Council adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel matters. No action was taken.

The next regular council meeting is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22. The meeting is postponed from Feb. 21 due to Presidents Day. The public may watch live via Zoom at https://us02web.-zoom.us/j/4451352151. The meeting ID number is 445 135 2151.