New Waterford approves fire contract

NEW WATERFORD – Council approved a one-year fire contract for $35,000 with Unity Township effective Jan. 1 on Tuesday.

The township also forwarded an additional, one-time payment of $90,000 that will placed in the New Waterford fire truck fund.

Regarding another fire contract, Mayor Shane Patrone said he spoke with Fairfield Township officials regarding the one-year pact it is negotiating with them.

Township officials want more time to review the contract in view of the fact it has agreements with two other fire departments, Columbiana and Leetonia, for protection.

Patrone said Fairfield Township wanted to study the number of emergency responses by each department for comparison.

“They’re looking to get all their contracts together,” Patrone said, “and pay them about the same … and I thought that was fair.”

In other business, council voted 5-0, with Councilman Tom Cresanto an excused absence, to conclude its contract with a final invoice from the Fleis and Vanderbrink (F&V), the Michigan-based company that previously operated the water and sewer plant. In December of 2012, council told the company it was exercising its option to void the remainder of the contract.

Patrone said it took some time to address all the issues but recommended council approve paying F&V $5,783 on the wastewater side and $3,072 on the water side.

In other business, Fiscal Officer Dave Slagle said the village was “looking good this year … (and) we’ll get a lot of things paid off.”

Slagle said expenses for 2014 will be about the same as last year and asked council to pass resolutions to close out three loans.

Patrone noted there was a $210,445 carryover from 2013 but $100,000 of that is in the parks fund and can’t be spent while other funds are encumbered.

He said the actual general fund carryover is closer to $90,000.

In other business, Patrone said mayor’s court receipts in 2013 reached a record $69,031, some $9,000 more than collected in 2012. He also pointed out there was $1,896 in uncollected fines which he was happy with.

“That was a concern,” Patrone said, “there are not as many outstanding non-payments.”

Councilwoman Doris Ogle said, “A big thank you to our police department,” and Patrone said, “They do a good job … there are not as many speeding complaints.”

The utilities report noted both water and wastewater plants were operating “pretty good,” according to Assistant Administrator Jason Gorby.

Repairs were made on Patriot Lane where the road was partially deteriorated and the camera work in sewer lines was completed, he said, adding that “things were a little better than what we thought it would be.”

A packet with suggestions on repairs is part of the package.

In a related utilities department issue, Patrone said quotes will be coming in on a new clarifier.

“At least (we’ll) get that up and running,” he said, along with having the company look at the Creek Road well.

So there could be some additional costs, as much as $4,500 there, Patrone said, noting the money will come out of the water fund.

In other business, during its reorganizational meeting, council appointed Councilman Bill Mullarkey as president pro tem and re-appointed attorney Walter Newton Jr. as solicitor for 2014.

Also, the Dollar General Store could open in late February and Patrone said residents can expect to see signs at the location at 46837 S. State St. regarding employment or they can apply online at: