Village position may become full-time
BUCKEYE LAKE – Buckeye Lake Mayor Rick Baker believes it’s time for the village to have a full-time utilities supervisor, as its current part-time water tech is basically putting in full time hours.
Village council member Patrick Brighton told council members Monday night that the full-time position is under consideration and that council’s finance committee will determine if it’s economically feasible.
Former council member Donna Thompson asked if the position would be advertised or filled from within the current administration. She was told that it’s Baker’s decision once the finance committee approves the position.
Baker said Tuesday that he’s “99 percent sure” the position would be filled from within. He said village water tech Toby Miller’s responsibilities are growing to the point where they can’t be completed on a part-time basis; Miller also works for the Licking County 9-1-1 Center. Baker said a utilities supervisor would have nearly the same responsibilities as a water tech, but the position would be full-time.
In other village news:
• Baker said he gave 12th District Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) a tour of Buckeye Lake Village to illustrate the need for additional funding to remove derelict houses scattered throughout the village. “His office called us,” said Baker. He said Tiberi told him that $75 million may be available through Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office earmarked for demolition of derelict buildings statewide. “We’ll know in a couple weeks,” said Baker. He said if Buckeye Lake qualifies for some of the funding, it may be available to the village by summer, “optimistically.”
• Council approved the purchase of a used Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser from the Village of Hebron for $3,000. “It’s a pretty good deal,” said council member Kaye Hartman. “It comes fully equipped.”
“The one we’re buying is all decked out,” said Baker. He said the Buckeye Lake Police Department would retire its oldest cruiser and use it for spare parts.
• Thompson wondered if the local trailer park owners have considered constructing dome shelters for their residents to protect them from tornadoes and other severe weather. She thought there were government matching grants available to help trailer park owners afford the domes. “A disaster can hit any time, any place,” she said. The residents should have a safe place to go. “That’s something that I think should be brought up,” said Thompson.
Licking County Planning Manager Brad Mercer said Pataskala constructed a large shelter dome using the Texas based Monolithic Dome Institute as the contractor. He said a 20 percent matching grant was secured through FEMA, but he wasn’t aware if grant money was still available and calls to FEMA were not returned by press time.
Mercer said even if grant money were available, Buckeye Lake’s trailer parks may have trouble acquiring it because the domes can’t be built in flood plains. He said he believes Buckeye Lake Estates is in a flood plain but he’s unsure about Leisure Village.