NEVADA — The village of Nevada is seeking volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks, council members said at Monday night’s meeting.
Council member Chad Lucas said he installed a paper towel and toilet paper dispenser at the park bathroom, but the village needs to find people willing to help clean and maintain the bathroom.
In addition, the village’s spring clean-up is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and the village could use volunteers to assist with that.
Council plans to rent three dumpsters so that residents can get rid of garbage. However, electronics and other items prohibited from the county landfill also will be prohibited during the clean-up.
Finally, the village is seeking volunteers to serve on the zoning board of appeals.
Lucas said he would contact Upper Sandusky Municipal Court to see if there are people in need of community service hours who might be interested in doing work within the village.
In other news, Mayor Kenneth Kerr said he was mistaken when he said at last month’s meeting that appointed clerk-treasurer Audra Riedlinger would serve for only the rest of this year and then be up for a special election. The village is under the Ohio Revised Code, which states that Riedlinger will fill the remainder of the four-year term through March 31, 2016.
However, village residents likely will vote in November on a five-year, 1.5-mill tax renewal. Council took the first step toward putting the issue on the ballot by passing a resolution declaring it necessary to levy in excess of 10 mills. It will not increase taxes.
In other action, council appropriated $20,000 to chip and tar alleys this summer. It did the same thing last year, but only used half of the fund.
Lucas said he will discuss with former council members Dave Brunson and Jerry Motter about which alleys were next in line to receive work and develop a plan.
Council member Diane Morgan said the Nevada Cemetery Board is meeting at 8 a.m. May 26 to make sure everything is in order for Memorial Day.
She also noted that stones and gravel are not allowed around headstones. Also, permission must be received before planting trees. All rules are posted at the cemetery, she said.
The village has decided on the words to use on a sign to be posted at the park in memory of the late J.P. Morgan, a former board of public affairs member and long-time Little League baseball volunteer.
Council member Michele Welge said she would put in the order for the sign soon.
She also said she is in favor of a $2 per month charge on each water bill for the storm sewer fund.
“I suggested it because there’s no money in the storm sewer fund,” she said.
A motion was made and passed to develop an ordinance to apply the fee.
Councilman Harold Lambert said that once again, if residents are opposed to the fee, they should attend one of the next few council meetings to express their opinions.
Lucas reported he still has not found a permanent solution to fix a drainage issue on North Morrison Street, but he is continuing to investigate options.
Steve Lear, whose yard floods after any major rainfalls, said it is important because the issue affects many properties, including the park.
Council members said it would be important to keep informed all property owners whose land could be affected by any possible solution.
Lambert reported there was a catch basin in the village that was filled in by a resident who claims he as given permission to do so by council member.
Kerr said that unless he can prove that is true, the village may need to clean out the catch basin and charge the resident.
By LONNIE McMILLAN