PAULDING – The potential for a new business, leaf collection and Halloween plans were among the discussion items at Paulding Village Council’s regular meeting Monday, Oct. 18.

Fall leaf collection will begin Oct. 25, said village administrator Jason Vance. Collections will be Mondays and Thursdays until further notice. Leaves must be bagged and placed at the curb.

Residents are reminded the village’s Trick-or-Treat hours are 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. The Lions Club and Kiwanis Club will hand out treats and judge Halloween costumes at 3 p.m. in front of the library.

The village has three replacement levies for the police department on the Nov. 2 ballot. The levies are for the same millage amounts; however, taxes would be based on current property valuations instead of the valuations when the levies were first passed in 1976, 1977 and 1980.

The majority of the meeting was a discussion with guest Jayson Dangler, who told council he is in the process of purchasing a vacant lot on North Williams Street between Marco’s Pizza and Premier Bank. Dangler asked for more information about the village’s moratorium on new commercial construction, which has been in place since February.

Councilman Dan Workman responded that village officials want potential businesses to look at existing buildings first before constructing new ones.

Dangler asked what is the goal of the moratorium and whether it has been successful so far. Workman said the goal is to fill the empty buildings. Solicitor Harvey Hyman added a report will be issued about the results, if the moratorium is working, if it is needed and whether it should be extended.

Council noted four downtown buildings have been sold and several are now occupied. Councilman David Burtch called it “moderate progress.”

Hyman said businesses can apply for exemptions to the moratorium. He stressed “the village has not turned away any business, and that’s certainly not the intention.”

Dangler expressed concern about the time and cost of drawing up plans if there’s a chance they might be “shot down” by the village. He addressed a rumor that Dollar General wanted to build a new building on the north end of town. He specifically asked if council or the planning commission had turned down the development because it could impact Chief Supermarket.

Council denied rejecting any proposals. Hyman said no applications were ever received and no one initiated the process to approve plans.

“My main reason for being here is, the village is open for business, right?” Dangler asked. “You want new business … we want more tax income, we want more jobs if we can get them, and we want some nice new buildings.”

“We’re here to see the village grow,” said Councilman Randy Daeger.

Mayor Greg White advised Dangler to contact zoning inspector Ron Schmidt to set up a planning commission meeting to present his plans. The planning commission would submit a recommendation to council.

In response to a question from guest Tony Buchman, council said the moratorium report probably will be released at a council meeting. Copies will be available and the report may be posted online.

In her report, Finance Director Cheryl Halter said some funds are running low, necessitating some fund transfers before the end of the year. She and Vance are starting to work on the 2022 budget.

In other business, council:

• Approved purchasing a John Deere mini excavator for up to $65,000.

• Heard the pool contractor is putting the final coats on the pool floor.

• Suspended the rules to approve Ordinance 1622-21 amending and increasing appropriations for current expenses and other expenditures.

• Heard CoRP will decorate the light poles on the square for Christmas starting at 10 a.m. Nov. 6. Anyone is welcome to assist the volunteers.

• Learned the annual Merry & Bright event will be one day this year, on Monday, Nov. 29, and will include a parade.

Two committee meetings were scheduled:

• Utility committee, Tuesday, Oct. 19.

• Joint salary and allowance committee and recreation committee meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, to discuss pool employee wages for next year.

In September, Paulding EMS had 50 calls and 46 patients for a year-to-date total of 543 calls and 489 patients.

Council adjourned into executive session to discuss two financial matters.

The next regular council meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1. The public may watch via Zoom at https://us02we- b.zoom.us/j/4451352151. The meeting ID number is 445 135 2151.