PAULDING – A proposed new zoning regulation and a cemetery improvement project update were on Paulding Village Council’s agenda Monday, Nov. 21.

Council heard the first reading of Ordinance 1634-22 to create a new zoning code section for solar panels.

The code would establish requirements for roof-mounted and freestanding solar panels for residential and commercial purposes. The new regulations would require a zoning permit for freestanding panels, but no permit would be needed for roof-mounted units.

Councilwoman Barb Rife reported on the buildings and grounds committee meeting held Nov. 9 regarding drainage problems at Live Oak Cemetery.

Local resident Scott Strahley has donated his time and expertise as a civil engineer to make recommendations of how best to drain the standing water. He suggests a “French drain” system, which involves installing perforated pipe in an underground trench, then covering with gravel. The pipe would discharge into the creek at the edge of the cemetery.

The project will cost around $80,000 to install, depending on cost of materials. The village finance director said the cemetery fund has enough money to cover this project.

Rife said Strahley will survey the cemetery and provide an estimated cost of engineering and materials.

The committee and cemetery board would like to start the project in the spring, but that could depend on costs, weather and what Strahley finds in the survey.

Councilwoman Lois Beamer reported on the Nov. 15 ordinance committee meeting. The main topic was a proposed TIF (Tax Increment Financing) agreement for Cody Clark’s planned housing development south and east of Countryside Estates.

Council would have to adopt an ordinance establishing a TIF district for Clark’s 13-acre parcel. The committee suggests the exemption not exceed 10 years.

After the TIF agreement is drafted, it must be sent to the state director of development for approval.

The ordinance committee also worked on finalizing the village’s new truck route map.

Administrator Jason Vance said bagged leaf pick-up will be Wednesday this week instead of Thursday. Next Monday and Thursday, Nov. 28 and Dec. 1, will be the last days for leaf pick-up this season.

Vance planned to meet with an engineer Tuesday morning to review plans for the street improvement project. He will prepare for advertising for bids after the first of the year.

He also has been reviewing and updating the cemetery and park mowing bid documents ahead of advertising for bids for next year.

Mayor Greg White announced interviewing begins next week for a new EMS coordinator. Dave Foltz resigned from the position last month.

The mayor also wished everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Councilman David Burtch reminds the public that CoRP’s annual Merry & Bright parade is set for Monday, Nov. 28. A parade begins at 6 p.m. on Jackson Street from the Lutheran church west to the post office. Events also include a tree lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa Claus.

Council adjourned into executive session regarding personnel. No action was taken.

Council committee meetings scheduled were:

• Utilities committee at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, regarding upcoming projects.

• Recreation committee Tuesday, Nov. 29, following the utilities meeting, regarding park maintenance and mowing.

The next regular council meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5. The public may watch live via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4451352151. The meeting ID number is 445 135 2151.

(Melinda Krick is a correspondent for The Paulding County Progress. She can be reached at progress@progressnewspaper.org.)