The Pioneer Village Council held its first meeting of the year on Monday, January 14, 2013, and re-elected Rod Eckley as council president as their first order of business.
After approving the minutes of the December 2012 meeting and the financial report, Chief of Police Tim Livengood gave his report for December 2012. There were 149 calls, with 31 dispatches. Officers initiated 101 calls. Incident reports totaled 19, with five traffic warnings issued and two traffic citations given out. There were five criminal charges. Of those, five were misdemeanors and there were no felony charges. Officers answered three calls for accidents. Average response time was under one minute.
Livengood also presented the 2012 Annual Report for the Pioneer Police Department. At the end of 2012, the department had three full-time officers, seven part-time, and 6 auxiliary officers. His report reflected an 8% decrease in calls from 2012 from 2011. Calls for service in 2012 totaled 1238, with 269 incident reports with an average response time of almost two minutes. He said that the greatest cause of accidents were due to driver inattention and failure to control. The report detailed types of incidents, number of calls per officer, times of day that calls were received, and calls per days of the week.
Fire Chief Denny Fackler reported that there had been one fire call and two controlled burns in December. The End of Year report reflected 287 runs and 183 EMS/rescue calls with many of those for first responders. The department stepped up training in 2012, with several training sessions at the Clark house on Third Street. Fackler said that the department had a busy year. Council approved their officers for 2013.
Fackler added that he hoped to improve the village’s ISO rating, which insurance companies use for rating a community’s water supply. Impacting this rating for the better will be the new 600,000 gallon water tower. An improved rating could result in lower insurance for homeowners. Fackler would like to send two village workers to training, if possible.
Village Administrator Al Fiser said that the Day with Santa had gone very well. Santa greeted 134 kids at the town’s gazebo, which were considerably more children than from last year. He thanked the Auxiliary and the Chamber of Commerce for their contribution to the event.
The streetscape final bill was received from ODOT. Most of the project has been paid for through grant money, except for $42,000. The electrical and street crews are working on maintaining equipment in house, which saves the village money.
In the financial report given by clerk/treasurer April McMillen, she said that revenues for year-end were up 3 ½ % from 2011, mostly due to income taxes collected. The Enterprise Funds are down by 1 ½ %.
Council member Connie Salisbury said that she had been contacted by two bus drivers and a resident that they were worried about how parked cars on Lynn Street made it difficult for buses to get through. Drivers had to stop and let oncoming traffic through. Chief Livengood said that the problem has been under discussion, and just this week, “No Parking” signs had been installed. There will be on the street parking on either side of Lynn Street. Violators will initially receive verbal warnings during the transition, but if people continue to park, penalties will be incurred.
Mayor Ed Kidston passed out a Subcommittee List. Al Fiser and Ken Boyer have been named the village’s representatives to WEDCO for 2013. Ed Kidston, Al Fiser, Rod Eckley, and Connie Salisbury were appointed to go to WashingtonD.C. for the Council for AMP-Ohio. Council approved the appointments.
Kidston asked council to vote on two members to serve on the annual board for the Fire Fighters Dependent Fund for 2013. Al Kwader and David Thompson were chosen for the position and approved by council.
There were no ordinances or resolutions to approve during the January meeting.
Council went into executive session to discuss imminent litigation and personnel issues in wages and considerations. Upon returning to open session, council approved a motion to accept annexation without objection from a party wishing to annex to part of the village.
The March council meeting was moved to Monday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. due to a conflict. The next regular meeting will be held February 11, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. The public is always welcome to attend the meetings which are held at the PioneerCommunity Center.