Bolivar police get new cruiser and accessories

Bolivar police get new cruiser and accessories
Lori Feeney

The police department recently took delivery of a new Chevy Tahoe cruiser. Grants and donations from the Community Foundation through the AAA Foundation and Wood Electric will pay for accessories. Pictured are Chief Randy Hough, left, and Sgt. Jeff Stearns.

                        

Bolivar Police Chief Randy Haugh and Sgt. Jeff Stearns showed off the department’s new cruiser at the September council meeting. During the meeting, council learned Wood Electric is donating $2,300 to outfit the cruiser with a secure truck bed box, light bar and floor liners.

Seasonal employee sought

Mayor Tim Lang said the village is in need of a seasonal employee to help with upcoming mowing and other work. Interested parties should call village hall at 330-874-3717.

Water-meter project and new billing process

Lang said some residents of the village appear to be using significant volumes of water, which may become a problem for them when the village starts metered billing after the first of the year. Water will be billed at a flat rate up to an allotted amount to be determined, then billed per gallon on anything over that amount.

Committee reports

Finance chair Mary Vincent said the village received the funds from the American Recovery Act. The first half is approximately $50,800; the second half should arrive in September 2022.

Councilman Robert Lloyd reported the delivery of the new John Deere X758 lawn tractor.

Other business

Village administrator Rebecca Hubble said there is still about a week’s worth of restoration work needed to complete the water-meter project. She also said toilet tank water leak test kits will soon be distributed to each resident to check for water leaks.

Hubble said the village is in the process of reorganizing its permit system. Moving forward, the village will require swimming pool permits for all new pools at a cost of $25 per year. A fence permit and a permit for garages and sheds also are being developed.

Street superintendent Kyle Porter will begin grinding sidewalks to even out the height where sections are not level and has scheduled tree removal at the Flickinger and Franks properties.

Lang appointed Porter to the regional planning commission and named Ted Finlayson alternate. Lang also asked Porter to place a sign saying “cross traffic does not stop” at the two-way stop at the intersection of Poplar and Park.

Council voted to:

—Pay $256 for 1,000 toilet tank leak detection packets, which will be distributed to all residents.

—Allow Hubble to purchase an iPad from the village for $360, the initial cost, which was purchased with funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

—Raise trash rates by 75 cents per month or $2.25 per quarter, effective immediately to cover an increase in fuel costs assessed by the trash company.

—Pay Kiesler Police Supply $1,825 for ammo, the cost of which is covered by a donation from Wood Electric.

—Purchase two police body cameras for approximately $1,008.

—Reimburse a part-time officer $139 for training, provided that in the future all training expenditures are approved in advance by Haugh.

—Donate $374 earned by the village for participating in Kimble’s recycling program to the Bolivar Lions Club.

—Allow closure of West Street from Water Street to Poplar for a block party in memory of the late Aaron Rizer on Saturday, Sept. 18 for a period not to exceed six hours.

Legislation

Council passed ordinances to:

—Vacation time retroactive to 2010.

—Hire Patty Smith as fiscal assistant 10-12 hours per week at a rate of $14.50 per hour to replace Nikki Moore, who is leaving the position at the end of 2021.

—Pay out two weeks for chief and one week for FO with one week for each to be extended for one year.

—Contract with the Bolivar Volunteer Fire Department for fire and EMS services.

—Raise the hourly rate for seasonal employees to $12 per hour.

Council passed a resolution to ask Lawrence Township to perform a forensic audit on the fire department as part of signing the fire contract and to pay for the audit out of levy funds.


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