Progress Editor

PAULDING – Parking enforcement and project updates dominated Paulding Village Council’s agenda on Monday, May 6.

Mayor Greg Reinhart announced that a federal appeals court recently ruled that “chalking” vehicle tires to determine parking violations is unconstitutional. The village has used this method to enforce two-hour parking limits since eliminating parking meters years ago.

Reinhart said he will talk with Police Chief Randy Crawford about possible alternatives. Solicitor Harvey Hyman said the street committee may need to discuss revising the parking ordinance.

Council tabled approving minutes of a special session April 22 during which council approved a bid from Werlor for solid waste collection. Fiscal Officer Annette Hasch noted that there is a discrepancy about Werlor’s bid amount. The village solicitor and administrator will review the bid information.

In his report, village administrator Dale Goebel said the start of the Phase III sewer separation project has been pushed back to June due to recent rains and sewers being full of storm water.

The project end date will remain the same; Goebel said additional work crews likely will be added.

Goebel offered a reminder to village residents that those blowing grass clippings into the streets will be subject to fines. The clippings wash into catch basins and clog storm sewers.

He asks residents to clean up yard waste that ends up in the street.

Councilwoman Barb Rife asked if catch basins need cleaned out. She said Cherry Street, for example, was especially bad. Councilman Dan Workman said he believes the street sweeper has a vacuum for catch basins. Goebel will speak to village utility workers.

The administrator noted the pool maintenance and repairs are proceeding as weather permits. The contractor was replacing caulk earlier in the day.

Councilman Greg White asked if the village has advertised yet for a pool manager and lifeguards. Usually, the manager is hired by mid-March and the lifeguards by the first of May. Hasch responded that ads should start this week.

Goebel told council that Aqua-Line Leak Detection will begin checking the village’s water distribution system for leaks starting May 21. A lot of water produced by the water treatment plant is unaccounted for.

The Garfield Avenue culvert replacement project probably will be bid in late June, with the grant money becoming available in July.

A few village officials met recently with ODOT regarding traffic around the square. ODOT suggested a traffic study to optimize lights traffic flow. The village needs to complete some preliminary questions first; depending on the answers, a traffic study may not be necessary.

Council heard that a Reservoir Park ball field was damaged by vehicles last weekend during the Horsepower Holiday at the fairgrounds. The sponsor said they will fix the damage and restore the field.

Councilman Randy Daeger noted that people can be fined for grass clippings in the street, but the same can’t be said about properties that have ongoing junk problems. He noted that someone will complain about a property, the police give a warning, the owner cleans up, then the junk returns and the process repeats without a citation ever being issued. Hyman said he will check to see if a warning needs to be issued every time for repeat offenders. Daeger said the junk ordinances need to be reviewed.

The mayor pointed out that with the village losing its Mayor’s Court next year due to the start of a full-time county (municipal) court, the village will have to pay Hyman to prosecute cases in that court. The village may have to look at increasing fines to cover the added prosecution costs.

Councilman Dave Burtch would like the ordinance committee to look at the ordinance establishing minimum maintenance standards for buildings, passed by council last year. No enforcement procedure or fines were ever established.

In the street committee report, White said they are looking at buying a used Dura Patch for $38,500 for pavement repairs. The equipment has many advantages over using cold patch.

Reinhart reported one of the village’s two summer employees has started working. The second one will start May 20. Both are college students. They will first focus on cemeteries.

Emerald Acres resident Karen Sunday inquired about the status of drainage work in her neighborhood. Goebel said the contractor is lined up and is looking at beginning in July.

The police department report for April included 241 service requests, nine traffic accidents, four traffic citations written into Mayor’s Court, 20 parking tickets written, 488 security checks completed, one referral to utilities, six junk notice letters sent and zero junk ordinance citations issued.

Council suspended the rules to pass Ordinance 1562-19 as an emergency. The ordinance grants an easement to property located adjacent to 627 N. Williams St.

The following committee meetings were set:

• Recreation committee, 9 a.m. May 9.

• Safety committee 6 p.m. May 13 to discuss police department and EMS issues.

• Buildings and grounds committee May 13 after the safety committee, to discuss the utilities building and fire department hose tower painting.

• Street committee 4:30 p.m. May 21.

• Utility committee May 21 following street committee.

Ordinance committee May 21 following utility committee.

The next regular council meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday May 20.