Council continues review of sewer line break


By Leigh Ann Rutledge

FPS Reporter


Carrollton Council tied up a few loose ends and tabled others during the Monday night meeting. Trick-or-treat is set for Oct. 31 from 4-6 p.m. in the village. The annual community party will be held prior to trick-or-treat at Bell-Herron Middle School.

Council approved a request to donate $250 for prizes, snacks and beverages. Additional party information will be forthcoming.

After much research, the village will have a new phone system. Clerk-treasurer Angela Gonda told council Frontier offered a reduction in the monthly bill for telephone and internet service to all five buildings (municipal and safety buildings and water, street and sewer departments). The reduction will pay for the new system. Once the system is in place, it will save the village around $170 per month.

The finance and legislative committee tabled the issue of damage to the Courtview Dr. home of Chris and Brittany Tangler after a sewerline break caused raw sewage to back up into their home.

The Tanglers have submitted pictures of the damage and estimates to repair the damage, replace items lost and cover expenses already incurred for initial cleaning. The couple was also displaced from their home for three weeks.

Committee Chair Wilma Lambert said the committee needed more information and discussed whether the village needed a policy regarding claims for sewer projects, etc.

Lambert said Village Solicitor Clark Battista is going to check with other villages to see if they have any policy in place regarding this type of issue and if so, payout amounts, etc. The issues were tabled until another meeting is called.

When questioned what additional information was needed, Lambert stated the committee is attempting to find an ordinance of when the 700 feet of sewer line was replaced on Courtview to Foxbury. However, the project was under $50,000 and did not require bids.

They are also waiting on the information from Battista. A finance and legislative committee meeting is scheduled Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. Roy Ford, sewer department supervisor, Derik Kaltenbaugh, acting water department supervisor and Battista were asked to attend.

The Tanglers attended the committee meeting and were present at the council meeting.

Village Administrator Michele Simonelli updated council on her activities. She continues to work on a preventative maintenance program and inventory system for the village fleet and equipment.

A comprehensive inventory would be done during the winter season. She attended a Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) Discovery meeting to discuss existing flood plan and potential study areas of increased flooding within the village and is reviewing village ordinances on grease traps.

The review is in preparation for a Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Control program to protect village sewer lines. Simonelli told council she met with Dave Wheeler, community affairs director for American Electric Power (AEP) regional electrical development programs. AEP is moving forward with an electric loop despite the slow down in the gas and oil industry.

She also continues to seek potential funding for the East Main St. widening project. She noted grouping the project with other projects could result in funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC). The village would be able to submit engineering costs previously incurred through OPWC.

In other business, council:

-HIRED Drew DeSimone and Garett Davis as full-time volunteer firefighters on the village department.

-HEARD monthly updates from department supervisors.

-LEARNED the fire department is hosting an open house Oct. 4 from 1-4 p.m.

-APPROVED a recommendation from the Planning Commission for a lot split on a Trump Rd. property. The commission reorganized with Tom Konst serving as chairman and Jeff Ohler as vice-chairman.

-NOTED Blaine Strawder is the only village employee who has not received a pay raise. The issue is being addressed.

-LEARNED the Fairway Dr. project is completed and the mailboxes have been moved to their permanent location.

-HEARD the Zoning Board of Appeals approved a variance for a garage at 416 High St. NW.

-HEARD the Trump Rd. pump station and force main project is on hold and waiting on the pump to arrive from out of the country. A tentative finish date is Oct. 9. -PAID bills totaling $146,410.68 for vendors and $48,061.50 for payroll.

-SCHEDULED the next council meeting for Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in council chambers. –