New Waterford eyes Amish buggy signs

NEW WATERFORD – Council discussed placing warning signs at village entrances to alert motorists that Amish buggies are on the roads.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Councilman Tom Cresanto brought the issue up and Fire Chief Greg Van Pelt noted an accident with an Amish buggy in Unity Township in March.

Cresanto said, “I believe we as a community should put up at least four signs. My main concern is the general public is not aware these people are here.

“We’ve got to welcome them and protect them. There are 27 families moving in.”

“They’re running through the area,” Van Pelt said, agreeing with the number 27 he heard that were moving into the area.

Councilwoman Doris Ogle suggested a sign at each entrance to the village and Mayor Shane Patrone suggested a couple of signs on state Route 46 and where Crestview Road hits Main Street.

He said four or five signs would do it and Village Administrator Fred Fink will check into obtaining the signs that have a picture of a buggy on them.

“That’s good thinking,” Patrone said to Cresanto.

In other business, council will study a proposal by Patrone to authorize Fiscal Officer Dave Slagle to make line item transfers within the same fund to streamline paying bills.

“As it is we can’t spend that money without council’s approval,” Patrone said.

Patrone said the money is there and he would ask Solicitor Chip Newton to review the requests and draw up legislation to giving the fiscal officer the authority to make the transfers on his own.

“We’ll pass it every year,” Patrone said, so each council could renew the authorization.

In other business, council unanimously passed a resolution to apply for a grant from the Ohio Mid-Eastern Government Agency to fix up the front of the community building.

The OMEGA grant would pay on a 50 percent matching fund basis and Ogle said the application deadline is May 1.

Patrone said the resolution is the beginning of the process to obtain grant money.

Council also approved applying for a grant to have a complete energy audit taken to make sure the right size pumps are being used at the water and sewer plants and everything else run by electric power is at an efficient level.

Patrone said the audit will identify peak usage hours and the village will “see if it can save some money.”

In his report, Fink said bids packages for a new well were sent out and will be opened today; material for the clarifier was ordered; and he was waiting for additional bids for an influent bar screen for the sewage plant.

Fink said the department installed three 24-inch sections of culvert pipe at the large storm drain on Creek Road and raw pipe from the road to an over-flow ditch.

The streets department purchased 22 tons of cold patch for potholes and street repairs and applied for the chip and seal program to have Creek, Allendale and Hatcher roads included.

The village Easter egg hunt will be held a noon Saturday April 20 on the field on the east end of the Methodist Church.