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Village to borrow from estate tax funds to pay for paving

By JIM BREWER Published: May 16, 2017 4:00 AM

Perrysville Village Council approved a resolution authorizing use of village estate tax funds to pay for paving of Bridge Street at its meeting Monday, May 1.

In essence, $28,500 will be "borrowed" from the estate tax fund so work can commence on the Bridge Street paving this month. Money will be paid back with grant monies the village has been awarded for this project that it will receive later this year.

Mayor Richard Miles said he expected work to begin on the paving project by mid-May, and hopes the project will be complete for the Perrysville Festival June 15 to 17.

Council took another financial step at the meeting, voting to invest $66,646.01 into the Star Ohio Fund. The money is from estimated village income tax payments, which possibly would have to be refunded at the end of the tax year.

"We have been advised not to touch this money until we know about refunds," village fiscal officer Jackie Holland explained.

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Council also agreed to pay $2,540.56 for a state-ordered archeological study of the Weltmer Park area, a requirement before construction of a bike path connecting Bridge Street with the park can begin.

Miles reported the bill for tree removal for the bike path project came in at $5,100, significantly less than the $7,500 appropriated for the project. Council also discussed but made no decision on a tree removal request near Phase II Pizza.

Council fire department liaison Dale Lepp reported the Green-Perrysville Fire Department still is studying consideration of staffing the department on a 24/7 basis.

"It's good they are looking at this from all angles," Councilman Duane Holland said.

Miles reported the monthly net from village mayor's court operations was $1,046. Councilman Holland said that he had heard the village would have to change magistrates at the end of this year. "I think we should take a hard look as to weather it is worth it to have a mayor's court before continuing it next year," he said.

When Miles asked what council's feeling was on receiving payments from the Perrysville Youth Association for electrical use at the ballfields, council members proclaimed "pay it monthly rather than at the end of the season."

Miles announced that he and the council had been invited to participate in a memorial service for fallen Ashland County law enforcement officers 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 at the Ashland County Sheriff's Office annex.


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