Rayland hears project update

RAYLAND – Plans for Rayland’s sewerage project estimated at $400,000 are to be submitted by July 1, and work is expected to begin in 2015, according to information received by Village Administrator Rich Bibbo from Pam Ewing of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership.

Ewing reported the village’s grant application was successful.

The grant totals $149,000, and the village also is to receive two loans. One is for $151,000 from the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund, which will be a 0 percent interest loan for 30 years.

The other loan will be from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and its amount will be determined by the bids received. That also will be a 0 percent interest loan, and it will be for 20 years.

Jeff Vaughn of Vaughn Coast and Vaughn is to submit the plans by July 1, and the bid advertisement is anticipated for Oct. 1 with the loan award scheduled for December.

The project will include replacement of the Warren Street sewer lift station and replacement of the water lines in Mazeroski Park.

Bibbo noted he wants to meet with the owner of the car wash because that property surrounds the Warren Street sewer lift station that is being replaced.

During a recent meeting of village council, Morelli warned about scamming in other towns where attempts were made to mislead residents into signing electrical contracts under the guise of being part of the electric aggregation program. She said there is no need for anyone to sign anything to become part of Rayland’s electric aggregation program, and anyone approached by or seeing these scammers is advised to contact law enforcement.

In other matters, council adopted an ordinance naming attorney Joseph Vavra as solicitor for two more years.

The Rayland Community Picnic for residents will be held July 12 at Mazeroski Park, according to Bibbo. This is a covered-dish event, and games and other activities are planned. A prize will be a golf shirt autographed by Bill Mazeroski and including No. 9, the number on his uniform when he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Morelli reported on the Warren Township concerts in Warren Township Park, noting the village’s beautification committee will sell concessions at the concerts July 10, July 31 and possibly Aug. 21.

After reporting a village audit currently is under way, Fiscal Officer Rick Soos said the village is in an open enrollment period for changing the workers’ compensation managed care organization, and he brought information from companies interested in providing services. Council approved a motion to retain the village’s current MCO.

The village has received a $3,000 check in recreation funds from the Jefferson County commissioners, and it also received the rent for the title office, which is housed in part of the municipal building.

Councilwoman Kim McKnight reported she had obtained estimates for the proposed installation of security cameras at Mazeroski Park. She said it would cost about $1,100 to install four cameras that were hard wired, or Comcast could install a Wi-Fi system which would cost about $100 a month plus the installation fee.

McKnight asked if the vandalized concession stand and shelter had been painted. Councilwoman Brenda Staats said first, the money for paint and supplies needs to be collected from vandals’ parents.

Bibbo said the village’s pick-up truck is being serviced at Stillwell’s Auto.

The replacement swings have been ordered for the park, and the Warren Township Lions Club will pay for them, it was reported.

In response to a question from Councilwoman Carolyn Tolonese, Bibbo said pothole patching had been done earlier that day.

Staats asked when the grass and weeds will be cut on the Narrows Road, and the village administrator replied that will be done two or three times this year.

Morelli asked Soos if the Rayland Volunteer Fire Department could be paid. Soos said this can’t be done until the ordinance authorizing a contract with the department and the payment is adopted. The ordinance is being prepared by Vavra.

The mayor reported on a Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission meeting at which the county’s new land bank was discussed.