Water project nearing completion for Bolivar residents

Water project nearing completion for Bolivar residents
Lori Feeney

Tim Lang was sworn in as mayor of Bolivar on April 5 by village solicitor Tara Wright Timberlake, replacing resigning Mayor Rebecca Hubble, who snaps a photo. Also pictured is Nikki Moore reporting for Maria App as clerk/treasurer.

                        

Rebecca Hubble, speaking as the new village administrator, said the residential water-meter installation is nearing completion and commercial meters not already installed will be put in place soon. She also assured residents all properties will be restored to their pre-installation condition by contract with Spano Brothers.

Hubble replaced Maria App as village administrator during the April 5 meeting after resigning as mayor.

According to Ohio law, Council President Tim Lang will fulfill Hubble’s term as mayor until December 2023. Robert Lloyd was named new council president.

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One property still in question is on Ladyne Avenue. Village solicitor Tara Timberlake said she sent a letter to the property owner regarding meter installation inside the home, as the owner had not yet complied with the project. Timberlake said the meter could be installed outside but at significant additional cost. A return call was received from legal counsel, and Timberlake is working to resolve the issue.

Reports

Lang reported for the finance committee, saying the village received a grant from PEP Insurance of $974 to replace the timing mechanism on the school zone lights at the Intermediate School on Park Avenue.

Bruce Lawver, street and alley chair, received permission from council to get quotes for paving a section of Sassafras Alley from Plains to Yant streets. “Last year we got a little behind on getting quotes, and it caused some issues in getting the work done in a timely manner,” Lawver said, explaining he needed immediate permission to accept the quotes.

Mary Vincent, safety committee chair, said the police department is in search of a part-time officer. A report generated by Chief Randy Haugh said the number of police calls of all types are increasing. In the month of March, 80 calls were received, and in the first four days of April, 12 calls were placed. Vincent said the department currently has three part-time officers who work very minimal hours, and at this point in time, it has no auxiliary officers at all.

Lloyd reported the recreation committee received a letter from Tusky Valley Baseball/Softball Association asking to use Water Works fields one and two this season. Lloyd approved the usage.

In other action

Council approved payment to Wood Electric in the amount of $1,138.74 for repairing malfunctioning street lights. A call was placed to ODOT to learn if the affected lights are still under warranty, in which case the village would be reimbursed.

Council also approved a $514 quote from Spano Brothers to repair a storm drain on Bolivar Street and a road closure plan for the downtown area during Strawberry Festival June 16-19 and during the car show on July 24.

Legislative

Council heard the first reading of an ordinance to adjust late fees for water and trash payments to coincide with new monthly utility billing. The new water late fee will be $5 per month instead of $15 per quarter. The new late fee for trash will be $3 per month instead of $10 per quarter.

Additional discussion

Lang commended Haugh for being the first to arrive on the scene of a recent structure fire and residents Dwayne Flickinger and Mike Haueter for helping with the situation until firefighters came on the scene. “I think it’s part of what makes our little community so special,” Lang said.

Resident Chris Berens raised concerns about people speeding and parking on the street in the neighborhood of Beucler Avenue and East Street. She was particularly concerned about the safety of neighborhood children as warmer weather brings more of them outdoors.

The next meeting will be Monday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at the Bolivar fire station.


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