CADIZ - Village Council heard an update from Bob Allen, a representative from Triad Engineering, concerning the Old Steubenville Pike water line project during Thursday's meeting.
A preliminary application to the Environmental Protection Agency will be due early sometime next year, and Allen told council funding sources will need to be confirmed. In addition to improving water lines, the project will replace 35 hydrants, many of which are inoperable. Allen anticipates submitting the application to the EPA in May and, if approved, the project will begin in June and last approximately four months.
Council approved hiring James Thomas as a full-time patrolman after hearing Police Chief Ryan McCann's recommendation. Thomas already works part time for the department.
Two new police cruisers were purchased and are now in use after the necessary decals were added to the vehicles.
Councilman Dan Ossman suggested that signs need to be posted uptown regarding citizens who neglect to clean up after their pets and also those who litter. It is an issue that has been noted previously, and an ordinance prohibits leaving items in sidewalks.
"It's a shame. We have an ordinance, but we need to do something, get some signs up, so they'll realize we're serious," Ossman remarked.
Council members discussed unsafe traffic at the intersection of Industrial Park Road and Grant Street. Suggestions were made to install a three-way stop or to lower the speed limit. The issue will be brought to the attention of the Ohio Department of Transportation and a traffic study likely will need to be completed before any final decisions are made.
"I don't think it's our decision. I don't think you can just stick a sign up," said Councilman Paul Coffland. Council agreed.
Council will hold an end-of-the-year meeting at noon on Dec. 30