Tiltonsville to take part in purchasing coalition

TILTSONVLLE – An ordinance approving participation in the proposed Shared Service Coalition for the purchase of equipment was approved last week by Tiltonsville Village Council, which also discussed properties considered eyesores.

The coalition is proposed to include Tiltonsville, Yorkville and Rayland. Yorkville Village Council recently approved legislation to participate.

It has been emphasized the coalition is not about combining or consolidating villages, but it concerns equipment and materials that the villages can purchase as a group.

Councilman Ty Lollini said officials need to enhance the village’s resolution about eyesores and properties in deplorable conditions. He pointed out such properties result in the depreciation of other houses in the same area.

Indicating such cases could involve a civil suit, Solicitor Bryan Felmet said the village could sue a resident for not cleaning up a property, and the matter could go to court with the resident reporting cleanup of the property is beginning. The judge could give the resident a continuance. The resident could go back to court, saying cleanup has begun, but more time is needed.

Lollini indicated officials have to find some way to get the eyesores cleaned up.

The police reported numerous complaints had been received about animals tearing open trash bags, which were not in garbage cans. Plans are to obtain an ordinance from another town, specifying trash bags must be put in garbage cans.

Village Administrator Carl Sgalla reported a burned structure at 201 Walden Ave. was being demolished. This is one of the attorney general’s Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Projects listed for Jefferson County.

The village administrator also said correspondence is continuing with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage about the demolition of a Walden Avenue property. He had contacted Wells Fargo, noting grant money had been approved last year to have the structure removed at no expense to the bank, but bank officials then had informed officials of its plans to remove it.

In March, Sgalla requested prompt removal of the structure.

Among the recent communications from Wells Fargo, it was reported the property couldn’t be demolished until the foreclosure sale has been completed, and if the village demolishes the structure, Wells Fargo would pay the invoices.

Delinquent property taxes also were brought up by Lollini, and Mayor Kris Prati plans to ask the Jefferson County treasurer how much the village is losing in delinquent taxes and how many are delinquent.

Police Chief Jerry Davis said the 24-hour police levy is down from $68,000 to a figure in the $40,000 neighborhood.

Lollini also said some people buy buildings and rent them out and don’t make any repairs on them.

Councilwoman Kelly Klubert said there are inspections and codes that can be followed. Council President Pro-Tem Jason Staskey said he would obtain an ordinance from another community about properties which have to be brought up to code.

As requested by Village Administrator Carl Sgalla, council revised an ordinance to change utility maintenance worker 2 from part-time to full-time. Action was taken to retain Brandon Howard for that post.

Also, a section of that ordinance was removed, and it was in regard to a staggered work schedule.

Lollini was appointed to attend the House Bill 9 Ohio Public Records Training Seminar, as requested by the village administrator.

The Jefferson County Township Association willl serve as host for the seminar planned June 18 at Eastern Gateway Community College.

Council also decided to look into restrictions for recreational vehicles and campers parked on private property within the village.

As requested by Sgalla, council gave approval to hiring two part-time

seasonal workers to assist with summer duties.

A resolution was approved to participate in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s calcium chloride contract for next year.

Prati reported that Clerk-Treasurer Korrene Prince had attended a class where, according to the Ohio Revised Code, village council must have two meetings a month. Felmet will research this matter.

Sgalla presented a lengthy report on Tiltonsville’s water quality for


Among the other matters reported by the village administrator were:

Work is being done with contractors on pricing the rebuilding and

installation of several storm sewer catch basins on Mound Street.

Grass-cutting equipment is being prepared for spring and summer.

Another 25 stop signs and posts will be ordered to continue the

sign change-out.

Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway Co. has filed a request with the

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to modify the existing warning

devices at the Third Street crossing.

A renewal application has been submitted for the main sewer plant

NPDES permit.

Several calls were received last week about brown water. This was

due to a fire truck hooked to the hydrant at the park. There was a

grass fire on Upland Heights.

Sgalla is seeking a recreational grant from the county commissioners to install playground equipment at the park adjacent to the ball fields at the water plant. This is being collaborated with the Warren Township trustees.

An executive session on personnel was held with no action taken.

Hydrants will be flushed Friday beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing throughout the night. Sgalla said the water will be safe to drink but residents are advised not to wash clothes.

Prati said the next regular council meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. May 21 with committee and special meetings to be announced. The police committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and a finance committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 29.