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PAULDING – A surprise decision about the municipal swimming pool topped Paulding Village Council’s agenda Monday, April 19.

Councilwoman Lois Beamer reported the park and recreation committee met with a pool company representative who told them the pool bottom, which was repaired in 2019, needs repaired again.

However, another pool consultant instead proposed “a more permanent solution.” The committee recommends not opening the pool this year, exploring the proposed repairs and reopening for the 2022 season.

Councilwoman Barb Rife asked if the committee has decided not to open this year. Beamer responded the pool needs too many repairs, plus the village hasn’t been able to hire enough lifeguards.

Councilman David Burtch added the work done in 2019 failed, apparently because areas of new concrete on the pool bottom didn’t have enough time to cure. Pieces of concrete have come loose.

Village administrator Jason Vance read a list of proposed renovations, including removing deteriorated concrete and replacing it, allowing for a full 28-day cure time.

The major improvement would be spraying a fiberglass lining on top of the concrete, after the entire pool is prepared. The fiberglass would be premiered and topcoat with paint to encase and protect the concrete.

The quoted price is $118,000. Mayor Greg White noted that every couple of years they spend from $25,000 to $30,000 for repairs.

“This is the best case scenario for a longterm fix,” Vance said. “We could go in and Band-Aid it again and again and again, every year, and it’s going to put us behind the eight ball every year. It’s where, are we going to get enough time to get a contractor in there and get it fixed so we can open, or we bite the bullet, do it right, this year, and look for the long term.”

Vance said the contractor estimates it could be a 10- to 20-year fix.

He will investigate the project more before council decides whether to proceed.

The parks and recreation committee also recommended removing and replacing mulch at LaFountain Park and to replace some playground equipment.

Council tabled the second reading of Ordinance 1616-21 to establish a vacant building registration program. Beamer reported the ordinance committee reviewed the proposed legislation and changed some language in a few sections and made some additions.

The public will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed measure at an ordinance committee meeting at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 in council chambers. Village solicitor Harvey Hyman said the ordinance would impact all building owners, not only commercial properties. Residents and property owners are urged to attend.

Vance appointed Chet Moore as a seasonal utilities department employee for park maintenance.

The village needs a part-time seasonal employee to help at the parks and ball fields. Employment applications are available at the village office and at the village website

Vance also reported the skatepark improvement project materials have been ordered; the Walnut Street reconstruction project has started; and 13 street light poles around the square have been changed to LED lights so all match.

Vance reported on a safety committee and street committee meeting to discuss possible fall festival traffic and parking changes. The festival board is proposing closing Fairground Drive to through traffic during the festival, having all vehicles enter from West Wayne Street to South DeWitt Street, and having all vehicles exit onto Fairground Drive. More discussion is planned.

The utilities committee reviewed two requests, according to Burtch.

First, a resident has asked for a discount on water usage due to a leak on the property. Vance said about 90,000 gallons leaked in four or five days before the homeowner discovered the lead.

The committee discussed possibly offering insurance that water customers could purchase, but more study is needed. The committee recommended maintaining the current policy of no discounts or credits due to leaks. However, the committee recommended adding the option for a payment plan for monthly payments on the additional cost, to be negotiated at the discretion of the village administrator.

Also, John Paulding Historical Society asked for a lower minimum water/sewer bill for nonprofit organizations. No action was taken pending further research.

The mayor granted a permit to close an alley west of the courthouse between 112 and 110 N. Williams St. for a CoRP/Friends of Paulding Chamber wine tasting on April 30. The alley will be closed from noon-11 p.m. that day.

The Paulding EMS report for March showed 53 calls and 45 patients with a year-to-date total of 196 calls and 199 patients. The squad provided mutual aid once for Oakwood and missed a call due to one vehicle out of service for repairs.

In other business, council:

• Heard a complaint from a Kay Nora Avenue area resident about a neighbor draining water onto her property. Vance will look into the matter.

• Approved the third reading of Resolution 1370-21 to approve the solid waste management plan update for the Joint Solid Waste District of Defiance, Fulton, Paulding and Williams Counties.

• Heard the second reading of Ordinance 1617-21 to repeal and replace a 2011 ordinance regarding disposing of noxious weeds and litter.

• Heard the first reading of Ordinance 1618-21 amending and increasing appropriations for current expenses and other expenditures, including $11,712.81 in unspent Coronavirus Relief funds, $4,776.35 insurance proceeds for EMS, and $61,000 for water plant filter replacements.

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

The next regular council meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 3. Watch via Zoom at 4451352151. The meeting ID number is 445 135 2151.