PAULDING – Paulding Village Council addressed updates to an infrastructure project, a pest ordinance and a drive-through access during the regular council meeting Monday, Oct. 4.

Trick-or-Treat in Paulding has been set for 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.

Councilman Randy Daeger updated council on a utility committee meeting on the planned Gasser Road (Road 144) infrastructure extension project. The engineer’s preliminary cost estimate is $718,300 to extend water and sewer service to industrial park property.

The village has applied for a $400,000 state infrastructure grant to help fund the project. American Rescue Funds – estimated at $179,000 this year and next year – also will go toward the cost.

Village administrator Jason Vance has approached North American Stamping with the option of connecting to the sanitary sewer, which would mean an additional 960 feet of sewer line.

Councilwoman Barb Rife inquired about the certainty about the financing. Daeger and Vance responded the village has enough funds available if the grant application is turned down. Officials hope to get the grant so the $400,000 can be used on other future projects.

The ordinance committee met to review the village’s 2019 pest ordinance and recommended some revisions, according to Councilwoman Lois Beamer. Water was added as a type of harborage. They also raised fines for violations. Solicitor Harvey Hyman incorporated the recommendations into a new ordinance.

Council unanimously suspended the rules to pass as an emergency Ordinance 1621-21 prohibiting the infestation of properties by pests and replacing Ordinance 1568-19.

The new fines are $200 for first offense, up to $400 for second offense, up to $600 for third offense and up to $800 for a fourth and all subsequent offenses.

Anyone who commits three violations of the ordinance within six months shall be subject to monthly inspections for the six months following the most recent violation; violators will pay all inspection fees.

Two properties are scheduled to be inspected this week. Councilman David Burtch said the ordinance was being passed as an emergency so any violations would be subject to the new fines and penalties.

Several council members asked why the county health department hasn’t been involved with the condition of certain properties; they believe it’s a public health issue, and some of the residents are minors. Council asked Hyman to draft a letter to the county health board to request their support.

Burtch reported on a joint street committee and planning commission meeting on access to drive-throughs at the new coffee shop and adjacent bank on Perry Street (U.S. 127). Burtch said plans call for four lanes: one for the coffee shop, two for the bank and one through-traffic lane to allow overflow to bypass lined-up vehicles.

Each of the drive-through lanes would have room for three stopped vehicles, Burtch said.

Drive-through access would be only as a right-hand turn from eastbound Perry Street. No left turns from westbound traffic would be permitted.

The two committees also recommend making the east-west alley behind the coffee shop and bank one way only westbound to Main Street. Further, the segment of Water Street south of Perry, between the coffee shop and a car dealership, would remain two-way traffic.

Rife asked about discussion or decisions about a designated right-turn lane on Perry Street to avoid traffic stoppage. Others felt there should be enough room without a turn lane.

A vote to approve the report passed 5- 1 with Rife dissenting.

Vance announced the pool restoration contractor has completed the fiberglass lining and will be moving on to finishing coats.

Vance requested approval to move water/wastewater employee Eric Dohoney to full-time status, following completion of his six-month probationary period. Council gave unanimous consent.

Finance Director Cheryl Halter received authorization to transfer $32,400 within the pool maintenance levy fund, from wages to maintenance, to pay for pool repairs.

Halter said a lot of emergency purchases are needed at this time, such as the new utilities billing software, furnace and air conditioner, water plant pump failures and the pool restoration project. She has been scrambling to locate money to fund these expenditures.

She added the office is preparing for the end of 2021 while starting the budget for next year.

The police department during September responded to 226 service requests and two traffic accidents; issued one traffic citation; wrote two parking tickets; completed 221 security checks; sent three junk notice letters; and issued zero junk ordinance citations.

Police Chief Randy Crawford added the department has been extremely busy, with several arrests and a garage full of recovered property.

In addition to Trick-or-Treat on Oct. 30, plans call for a Lions Club/Kiwanis Club joint event with Halloween costume judging and treat handouts at 3 p.m. in front of the library. No parade will be held. Later that evening, the Eagles will hold a street party next to the aerie on Cherry Street.

A cemetery walk at Live Oak Cemetery will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.

The Republican Central Committee is accepting applications to temporarily fill the commissioner’s seat left vacant by the death of Clint Vance. Interested persons should contact Republican chairman Jerry Zielke.

The next regular council meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18. The public may watch via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4451352151. The meeting ID number is 445 135 2151.