Rayland discusses sewer, park projects

RAYLAND – Sewer-related and park projects drew attention at a recent meeting of Village Council.

Village Administrator Rich Bibbo talked about funding being sought for two projects, one of which is for the upgrading and modernization of the sewer pump station on Warren Street, while the other is replacing the sewer line under Mazeroski Park.

Originally, plans had been to seek funds for three projects, but it was decided to eliminate the repaving of Liberty Street. In a meeting with engineer Jeff Vaughn and Pam Ewing of the Rural Community Assistance, Program, Bibbo was advised not to seek the grant for the Liberty Street project, as those grants are too competitive and difficult to receive.

Estimated costs of the two projects total nearly $400,000.

Bibbo noted he still will be working to obtain funding for the Liberty Street project and will work through the county engineer’s department.

Mayor Tammy Morelli reported a letter had been sent to the Jefferson County commissioners, requesting permission to redirect the park and recreation grant toward walking track repairs. Approval is expected, but the commissioners had requested a letter.

Previously, plans had been to use the money for park equipment, but tree roots are causing upheaval of a sidewalk, resulting in a safety hazard.

Also, when Fiscal Officer Rick Soos distributed financial reports for June and July, he advised that $4,750 of the general fund balance is encumbered for park projects. That total involves grants from the county commissioners and JB Green Team and must be used for park projects.

Councilwoman Carolyn Tolonese reported she received a call from the American Ramp Co., which wanted to gauge Rayland’s interest in having a skateboard ramp constructed at the park at no cost to the village. She asked council’s opinion with the consensus being there are concerns about liability issues but also an interest in obtaining more information about a ramp.

In other matters, Rayland’s Community Yard Sale is planned Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. Councilwoman Brenda Staats said the participation fee is $5 per seller, not $5 per family as it has been in the past. Checks are to be payable to the Village of Rayland Beautification Fund and sent to P.O. Box 188, Rayland, OH 43943.

A bake sale is planned in conjunction with the yard sale, and baked items are welcomed. Those wishing to donate are to call Staats at (740) 859-6376. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be for sale at the municipal building.

Morelli reported Yorkville and Tiltonsville are organizing community neighborhood watch programs, and Tiltonsville officials have expressed an interest in combining Rayland and Tiltonsville into one program. The mayor added she will provide further details as they become available.

The mayor reported all bids for the sidewalk project on the west side of Main Street had been rejected by the county. Community Development Block Grant funds are approved for the project, and she expects to learn more about the project during the upcoming meeting of the Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission.

As part of the Yorkville-Tiltonsville-Rayland purchasing alliance, consideration is being given to striping old state Route 7 through the three communities.

The portion in Rayland is Liberty Avenue, which was constructed as an access road. Under the alliance, striping services can be purchased for $400 a mile; Rayland’s section would be six-tenths of a mile at a cost of approximately $240 for the painting of a double yellow line.

Morelli also reported she and Bibbo had met with the Lions Club about a possible donation for playground equipment, specifically swings and chains. The Lions approved the donation and requested the village submit the actual bill.

Councilwoman Kim McKnight reported a tag day is planned by the Buckeye Local volleyball team on Sept. 14.

The first reading was given to an ordinance establishing the application procedure for holding garage sales in the village.

Council approved a resolution accepting the amounts and rates determined by the budget commission, authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor.

Councilwoman Candy Bibbo said the Jefferson County flu shot clinic will be held from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Sept. 17 at the municipal building.

Officials discussed the possibility of changing the next meeting, but decided to keep the regular time and date of 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 16.