By LARRY SHIELDS
NEW WATERFORD - In his report to village council Tuesday, Administrator Fred Fink said the the sewer plant clarifier is completed and working "great" as the plant is "still moving in a positive direction."
Fink also said the water plant is running well but has experienced a few phase drops to the incoming lines. With Ohio Edison working on the East Fairfield substation, he expected that to help.
The water well project was started. Both water towers were inspected by Kessler Tank, Fink said. He just received the report and it will be available soon.
The department repaired a storm drain and sewer line on state Route 46 which should improve the flow into the plant, he said.
The street department has been patching potholes with a new mix that "seems to be holding up well," he said as the village prepares for the chip and seal program. Fink said 214 tons of No. 8 limestone was shipped instead of the No. 8 slag that has been used. "The slag is not a good grade," he said while noting the limestone is a smaller stone and the streets will have a white look to them. They will evaluate the No. 8 limestone.
The contract for the summer order for road salt was approved. The village is waiting for a vendor to be assigned, Fink said explaining that each district has a different vendor.
The new city limits signs arrived and will be installed once new posts with vinyl sleeves are obtained. The "Amish" caution signs will be installed after that.
Fink said the tire drive that was just completed will need some changes next year as it was a "little out of control" this year.
In other business, council approved the 2015 tax budget for $1.4 million and appropriation changes and the annual resolutions regarding the local government fund alternate apportionment plan for 2015 that excludes the city of Salem, whose approval would otherwise be needed.
It also approved a resolution accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the county budget commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the auditor.
Council also talked about asking for volunteers to work in the house in the downtown area it bought.?Members want to convert it into a historical showcase. Mayor Shane Patrone said, "I think we should ask for volunteers and draft a waiver of liability. I would lean against community service. I think we deal here with a small group of volunteers."