RAYLAND - An ordinance to extend attorney Joseph Vavra's contract as village solicitor was given its first reading at a recent meeting of Village Council.
The legislation would extend it for two years on the same terms as the present contract. Four council members were present, so it could not be approved under suspension of rules.
In other matters, Mayor Tammy Morelli said the process to receive Community Development Block Grant money is continuing. Plans are to use the funds to replace sidewalks on the west side of Main Street.
Morelli reported a Warren Township cleanup event is planned June 28-29 at the Caruso Oil parking lot in Tiltonsville.
She also said the process to receive funds for the demolition and rehabilitation of a dilapidated structure and property on Narrows Road is ongoing.
Village Administrator Richard Bibbo reminded officials the village's sanitation contract with Waste Management expires at the end of April. Several sanitation companies have contacted him, and at least three are expected to submit bids.
Bibbo reported a breakdown occurred April 2 early in the morning at the village's sewage pump station adjacent to Warren Street. After four days of work, the pump station was up and running. Bibbo explained three electricians, who worked without pay, and American Electric Power were among those helping. Because of the breakdown, it was necessary to have the pit at the pump station pumped out twice so sewage wouldn't overflow into residents' basements. A new switch and new fittings were obtained, and work was done on the switchbox.
It also was discovered one of the fuses on the AEP line to the pump station was disconnected, as lightning may have struck a transformer. AEP confirmed lightning had struck three fuses and they were replaced.
After adjustments were made elsewhere, the pump station was back in operation.
Bibbo said work is being done with the village's insurance company to reimburse the village for some costs incurred.
The village administrator thanked all those who helped on the project, adding with assistance from village residents, the work was done at a minimal cost.
Councilwoman Candy Bibbo reported the village's insurance is due for renewal.
After a review of payment plan options from the company, a motion was approved to accept one of the options offered by the Ohio Municipal Joint Self-Insurance Pool, administered by Dawson Cos.
The councilwoman also reported a request from Kira Jones, utility clerk, for the purchase of a new printer and ribbons for the printing of utility bills. Handouts regarding the desired printer were distributed, and a motion was approved to purchase the printer and ribbons with the cost not to exceed $250.
Councilwoman Carolyn Tolonese asked Vavra for a legal opinion concerning a sewer incident in 2010. He received a copy of the complaint letter but noted he needs to obtain more details about the incident before expressing a legal opinion.