Cemetery board gives report about money saved

SMITHFIELD – Paul Greene of the Northern Cemetery board explained at Tuesday’s Village Council meeting that the board saved money with mowing and grooming the cemetery grounds.

He said that as the cost of mowing went up from $700 to $900 a month, he and Tony Phillippi, board secretary/treasurer, mowed grass and cut and removed trees, logging 40 hours time, with the help of two part-time workers. The work amounted to $832 for two months, while it would have cost $1,800 for two months at the increased cost, Greene noted.

He credited Doug Wilson and Annette Dameron of the village street department who assisted with the cemetery work

Greene said the Friends of Smithfield group helped mow this year, too, but he is not sure that contribution will come again next year.

Ted Boyd presided and reported on attending a Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission meeting. He said a 911 tower would be installed at the top of Dillonvale hill at Briar Ridge and should help residents of Dillonvale get reception. Plans were discussed for mapping gas lines in the county as well.

Ron Saxton, sewerage and street superintendent, told council the lift station for the sewage plant has been rewired. He noted customers need to use Rid-X once a month to keep the systems clean and keeps the department from cleaning them sewers.

The ammonia level has been brought down and a salt building has been erected for storage. Salt had been laying on the ground covered with a tarp, officials said.

Discussion was held with Saxton about hauling water at 10 cents a gallon and the need to enter into a contract as provided by Bryan Felmet, village solicitor, for the hauling of the ground water.

A contract with a hauling firm in the past now is null and void.

Also, it needs to be determined from the county water board whether the village will be allowed to provide water to farmers for cattle. This would be lake water not from county lines, it was noted.

In other business:

It was noted the village trick-or-treat is planned from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Council member Nikki Pflug said the later time is due to the fact that many parents work and do not return home by 5 p.m.

Those who do not have children coming to their door and would like to donate candy can bring it to the city building. Treats will be handed out at the City Building as well.

Debbie Coconaugher, clerk/treasurer, was granted permission to attend the state auditors office training in Akron on Oct. 15 and the police chief and assistant chief were given permission to attend recertification for continuing education in Louisiana at the cost of $450 for both officers’ hotel expenses.

The officers will pay for transportation and other expenses.

Wilson told council he acquired two street signs requiring that drivers remove their cars from High and South streets after a snowfall of more than 2 inches to allow crews to plow.