PAULDING – Paulding Village Council, in addition to several lengthy debates (see related story), conducted several items of business and heard some personnel changes at the regular meeting Monday, May 3.

Finance Director Zoe McMaster raised the question of the fire department filling swimming pools and how payment, if any, is handled.

She insisted any money should go to the village to cover the water cost, and the rest should be distributed to the fire association equipment fund. Transactions must be made to the proper funds and must be auditable.

It was explained the longstanding practice has been for firefighters receive payment from the pool owner when the water is delivered. They charge $160 per 3,000 gallons. The number of gallons is turned into the village office; at the end of the season, the fire department is billed for the water and pays for it.

Officials later said the number of pools filled each year varies between one and five.

Hyman will review any fire association rules and agreements covering pool filling policies. The matter was referred to the utilities committee and safety committees for further discussion.

Administrator Jason Vance said street utility department Michael Reyes is resigning. The village is accepting employment applications, which are available at the utilities office on South Main Street.

Police Officer Tim Ridgway is resigning to take another job. Vance recommended hiring Devin Sanchez as a part-time reserve officer until he passes a physical and stress test, when he would qualify for full-time status.

Vance also reported the Walnut Street reconstruction project is nearing completion, and groundbreaking should begin the week of May 17 on sanitary sewer replacement projects between Walnut Street and Kay Nora Avenue, and also on West Wayne Street between the funeral home and the apartment complex.

The administrator requested residents follow the bulk trash pick-up schedule. Items for bulk collection should be placed at the curb no more than 24 hours before the scheduled day. Violators could be cited under the junk ordinance.

To view a bulk pick-up map, visit villageofpaulding.com or contact the utilities office.

Council approved emergency Resolution 1373-21 authorizing the finance director to enter into a contract for utility billing software with Muni-Link.

McMaster explained the current software, CMI, lacks support and is not user friendly. The new system is cloud-based, easier to use, will save money on productivity and would allow customers to pay bills online.

The conversion cost is $7,000, plus $6,000 to CMI to acquire the village’s past data. McMaster said staying with CMI would mean a computer server would have to be replaced at a cost of $10,000.

The mayor granted a permit to close North Main Street from Caroline to Perry streets, and Jackson Street from Water to Williams streets for a CoRP/ Friends of Paulding Chamber Tunes, Brews & BBQ event May 21.

In other business, council:

• Approved on its third reading Ordinance 1617-21 to repeal and replace a 2011 ordinance regarding disposing of noxious weeds and litter.

• Suspended the rules to pass Ordinance 1618-21 amending and increasing appropriations, including $11,712.81 in unspent Coronavirus Relief funds, $15,145.62 insurance proceeds for EMS, and $61,000 for water plant filter replacements.

• Heard the second reading of Ordinance 1616-21 to establish a vacant building registration program.

Committee meetings scheduled were:

• Park board and recreation committee, 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 5.

• Salary and allowance committee, 5 p.m. Monday, May 10.

• Safety committee and utility committee joint meeting, 5:30 p.m. May 10.

• Street committee, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12.

• Recreation committee, 5 p.m. May 12.

• Ordinance committee, 5:30 p.m. May 12.

The next regular council meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 17. Watch via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 4451352151. The meeting ID number is 445 135 2151.