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Village sewer plant is past its life span

By JIM BREWER Published: June 13, 2017 4:00 AM

Councilman Duane Holland gave members of Perrysville Village Council some serious news at the meeting Monday, June 5.

Holland reported conferring with members of the Village Board of Public Affairs and officials from the Ohio EPA, and was advised that the village sewer plant, which is 43 years old, has an expected life span of only 30 years.

"While we are anticipating an increase in revenues when the Idlewild Cottage development and Pleasant Hill Lake Park tap onto services in the coming year, this will be offset with the reality that we are looking at having to replace the sewer plant."

Money propelled much discussion at Monday's meeting, including distress that grant money to build a recreational trail from Weltmer Park to the South Bridge Street bridge over the Black Fork, expected in June, may be delayed until next spring.

"The way it was explained to me, all federal grant processes are slowed with the delays in passage of the Trump budget, so funding for projects like this, while still pretty much assured, will be delayed," Fiscal Officer Jackie Holland explained.

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In the absence of Mayor Richard Miles, Council President Dale Lepp presided over the meeting.

Council spent the first hour of the session discussing various citizen complaints, of feral cats plaguing the community, of residents leaving piles of trash and brush in both back and front yards and of hedgerows and fences encroaching over property lines. The village has ordinances regarding the trash and fences, but enforcement now must go through the Ashland County Sheriff's Office, which now patrols the village.

"If you have a complaint, register it with the Sheriff's Office," said Councilman Holland, who also expressed irritation that Miles submitted a grant application for the village to the Hugo and Mabel Young Foundation in Loudonville. "We have a grant committee that should be doing this," he said.

Marc Pack, owner of the Perrysville Drive In, received council approval to erect a directional sign to his business as long as it meets village sign specifications.

"I favor signs like this as long as they will benefit our businesses," Councilman Holland said.

Lepp, the council liaison to the Green-Perrysville Fire Department, said a tax levy will be on the November ballot to increase staffing for the Perrysville Fire Department from eight to 24 hours coverage. He was not aware of the millage amount for the levy.

Council also contracted Dale Sidle of Valley View spraying to spray for mosquitoes in the village ever other week, on Wednesdays if weather permits between June 7 and Aug. 16. Sidle charges the village $435 per application, and has not increased his prices in four years, Fiscal Officer Holland said.

Council was also advised that Austin Miles, son of Mayor Richard Miles, was hired as a part time (30 hours a week) water/sewer department employee.

The hiring, authorized by the board of public affairs, precludes Mayor Miles from ever serving as a supervisor/boss of his son. This should make little difference, Councilman Jonas Bush explained, "as he will be working under either the water/sewer superintendent or the street department supervisor."

Lepp also reported that tree cutting has begun on the recreational trail project, with the contractor asking that he be paid for work done.

Fiscal Officer Holland said she has yet to receive a bill for the work.

The village also approved joining the Rotary Club of Loudonville as a corporate membership, meaning various village officials may represent the village at Rotary meetings at different times.

Mayor's court revenues, after expenses, for April totaled $220, Holland reported.


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