Approving a land purchase within the Village topped the straightforward agenda addressed by Edon Board of Public Affairs during its regular monthly session held Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in Village Chambers. Mayor Darlene Burkhardt called the late afternoon meeting to order with members Andy Ledyard, Warren Henry, Chip Hulbert, Fiscal Officer Heidi Bidwell and Water/Wastewater Superintendent Chris Decker in attendance.
Upon President Ledyard’s request, members voted to enter into Executive Session at the onset to resume talk regarding land acquisition. At the completion of their extended discussion, Board members returned to open session and approved purchasing the 3.4 acre Yoder property situated around the sewer/Wastewater Treatment Plant (off East Indiana Street) for sixteen thousand dollars.
In other business, members:
•Approved purchasing one hydrant “quick-connect” at this time for an estimated cost of two hundred fifty dollars. Fittings placed on hydrants throughout the Village would greatly assist volunteer firefighters when needed.
•Learned in addition to daily operations at both the Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment Plants, Superintendent Decker reread leaky water meters; located water services; replaced the Wastewater Equalization Tank pump (two additional pumps were sent out to be rebuilt) and noted plowed debris left on mowed Water Department grounds would need to be cleaned up. He also shared his Water I licensing test is slated for next month.
•Was informed valves at the Water Treatment Plant were replaced by Artesian; cost for the needed emergency repairs totaled sixty-two hundred dollars.
•Heard the blower at the Wastewater Treatment Plant was down; once pulled, estimated costs (approximately two thousand dollars) would be reviewed before moving ahead with repairs.
•Tabled further discussion regarding the purchase of a security light at the water tower until quotes are obtained. Put forward by Florence Township Fire Department, the added lighting would be an asset to firefighters when filling tanks at night; costs could possibly be split between the Village and Township.
•Learned Roberta Acousta of Ohio RCAP (Rural Community Assistance Program) had reviewed the Water Department’s budget projections and proposed rate adjustments; it was suggested having her return to clarify the findings and to address questions and concerns rising from further assessments of the report.
•Accepted the Minutes, Financial Report and Bills as presented.
•Signed the Shut-Off List.
Edon Board of Public Affairs will hold its next meeting Tuesday, May 13, 2014 beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Village Chambers.