Rayland council looks at infrastructure work

RAYLAND – Meetings and paperwork, including a 10-year plan for the village’s infrastructure program, were part of the work done to apply for funds for modernizing the Warren Street sewer pump station and replace sewer lines and manholes in Mazeroski Park.

During a recent Village Council meeting, Village Administrator Rich Bibbo explained the work done regarding the application.

He recently had another meeting with Pam Ewing of the Rural Community Assistance Program to finalize the application.

All the paperwork, including legislation approved by council, was sent to RCAP, which returned a packet concerning the project.

Mayor Tammy Morelli and fiscal officer Rick Soos signed the necessary papers before the packet was hand-delivered to County Engineer Jim Branagan.

Branagan will forward the necessary papers to the Ohio Public Works Commission.

Ewing praised how village officials worked together to provide the information needed for the application.

Bibbo and Councilwoman Candy Bibbo prepared the 10-year plan for the village’s infrastructure program, and it is available for viewing at the municipal building Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The village administrator also pointed out that what happens undergrown in regard to projects is just as important, or more important than some above-ground projects.

Earlier in the month council approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to apply to the Ohio Water Development Authority for a no-interest loan for the proposed project.

In other matters, Morelli explained the next step to be taken concerning an oil and gas lease discussed at a special meeting. No action was taken about the lease, but she indicated things look favorable for the village to lease 5 acres to a company interested in gas and oil rights, with the village to be paid $6,800 an acre.

Councilman Roger Beck was elected council president pro-tem to fill the vacancy created by the death of Councilman Robert Conrad.

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

Also discussed was the sidewalk project on the west side of Main Street. James White Construction, which is to do the work, is finishing a job in Adena and then will be in Rayland. The project is to be completed by Nov. 27.

Village Administrator Bibbo presented an updated ordinance about delinquent utility bill payments and establishing penalties. Council approved the legislation, which supercedes all other ordinances about delinquent payments.

Morelli reported on complaints about dogs running at large in the Grandview Street area, adding the problem has been taken care of.

Councilwoman Brenda Staats said there is a similar problem regarding dogs on Narrows Road.

Staats also asked the village administrator to have village workers clean out a ditch along Narrow Road, as overflow in the past has caused water to go onto the road and in some cases, to freeze.

Staats asked about the police department schedule and was told there needs to be an updated ordinance regulating hours. Currently, hours are established for the police chief only.

A work schedule for the police department was requested by Councilwoman Bibbo, who added speeding continues to be an issue on Main Street.

She also asked about the Lions Club’s promise to pay for recreational items for Mazeroski Park. Morelli said the village has to purchase the playground equipment and then the club will reimburse the village.

Morelli and Beck asked if the bill from the state auditor’s office is now paid in full. Soos said it has been paid.

And the mayor said that effective Saturday, the U.S. Postal Service will originate mail delivery from the Martins Ferry post office rather than the Rayland post office, which remains open.

Soos presented a letter written by Street Foreman Troy Adamson about the need for new village truck tires and a new leaf blower. The village administrator is looking into the request.