PAYNE – In June, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency cited Payne for several violations regarding its water system. At Monday night’s village council meeting, Mayor Austin Scheiner informed council that one violation has been resolved, but the EPA wants Payne to continue progress on several others, setting compliance deadlines in 2023.

In September, the village provided the EPA with updated valve exercise records that included valves exercised in 2022, resolving a violation of an OAC rule that states, “In the event that treatment facilities or equipment no longer function as intended, corrective action (which may include additional maintenance or modifications of the public water system) shall be taken by the owner.”

This summer, Payne also faced a significant deficiency that requires corrective action to be taken by the village when the treatment facilities or equipment no longer function as intended.

According to the correspondence, as of October 13, 2022, “the information provided by Payne Village was not sufficient to resolve the violation. The Village of Payne replaced three valves and installed three new valves in July of 2022. The village provided a schedule for three additional valves to be replaced before the end of 2022. Once the 2023 budget has been approved, the village will provide a schedule for phase 3 or the valve replacement program.”

In order to bring the village into compliance Payne must provide the Ohio EPA with documentation that phase 2 of the valve replacement program has been completed by December 31, 2022. They must also provide the Ohio EPA with a list of valve replacements included in phase 3 of the project by the end of the year.

The Ohio EPA is also requiring the village to complete the Plainfield Drive line replacement project by the end of March 2023 and submit an updated capital improvement place for the village by October 30, 2022. The plan will include line replacement projects to be completed in 2023-25.

The final requirement that village leadership complete fiscal and managerial training for water systems must be completed by July 29, 2023.

Sometime ago, Payne ordered a new police cruiser and had been waiting on delivery for months. Police chief Rodney Miller updated council on why the wait was taking so long. According to the chief, Ford Motor Company canceled the order, and one wouldn’t be available until at least 2024. Chief Miller discussed another option through Statewide, which cost approximately $4,500 more than the one previously ordered. Council unanimously approved the cost difference, so Miller could complete the order from Statewide.

Mayor Scheiner informed council that State Representative Craig Reidel presented an Ohio House resolution honoring the village on the occasion of its sesquicentennial. Scheiner then read the resolution to council.

Trick-or-treating in the village is scheduled for October 29. Younger kids can go out from 4:30 – 6 p.m. while older children can enjoy trick-or-treating from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Costume judging will take place at the fire station at 6 p.m.

There will be an event planning meeting for the village on Thursday, October 27, at 7 p.m. at the village hall. Anyone interested in helping plan events in the upcoming year is welcome to attend.

Several residents sought information from council on issues. Terry Zartman, representing the American Legion, inquired when the brick and sidewalk construction would be completed at Buckeye Park. Council replied that the project is proceeding right now.

Zartman than asked if council would consider changing the name from “Buckeye Park” to “Buckeye Memorial Park.” The village has already purchased signage for Buckeye Park but told Zartman they would consider it. He mentioned the possibility of the Legion helping fund new signage if the change was made.

Resident Kelly Davis raised questions about the tax levies on the ballot in the November 8 election, and he expressed concern about the impact on residents.