BALTIMORE – It is going to smell better in Baltimore, Village Administrator Scott Brown told council members Monday night.
He reported that he and the village engineer met with Newark Group executives last week to discuss the paper mill’s project to cover their anaerobic ponds and capture the gas created as the waste in the ponds is broken down. Brown said a flare will burn the gas produced.
He also reported that back-up generators are now in place to keep critical functions at the water treatment plant, wastewater treatment plant and the south end lift station operating during a power outage. The older generator of the two generators at the wastewater plant has been moved to the water treatment plant. The mobile generator will be stationed at the lift station.
Brown said the new playground equipment has been installed at Basil Park. It is ADA compliant which he explained is why the height of the first step appears to be higher than normal.
He said the Safe Routes to School project is nearly complete. Final grading, seeding and touchups are being done this week. The crosswalks will be striped when the Ohio 158 resurfacing contractor returns to town to finish the cross street approaches.
Some east side residents have complained about having an asphalt sidewalk on their side of Ohio 158 while the west side got concrete. Brown said the east side is considered more of a bicycle path and that is how ODOT designed it.
In his report, Police Chief Michael Tussey said officers have increased patrols in the Ohio 158 school zone after they received complaints about speeders. Several citations have been issued, including one for traveling 51 mph in the 20 mph school zone.
Officers are also closely checking alleys and backyards at night after receiving more reports of “late night creepers.” Two drivers were cited for OVI over the weekend, he said. One is a felony charge based on prior convictions. Tussey said the department is attempting to take possession of the vehicle by forfeiture.
Like the rest of the lake area, Baltimore will hold its Treat or Treat on Thursday, Oct. 31. Tussey said officers will be out in cruisers and bikes to make it a safe and fun time for kids.
In his report, Mayor Robert Kalish responded to a report in the Eagle Gazette about the Village of Thurston’s efforts to build its own water treatment plant. Thurston has purchased bulk water from Baltimore for more than 40 years and the current contract ends in March 2014.
Kalish said he didn’t want to get into a ‘war of words’ with Thurston, but did want to note that Thurston rejected a 2013 proposal and an Ohio Farm Bureau mediated agreement.
“I wish them the best of luck,” Kalish concluded. Service Committee
Chair Jim Hochradel said, “They (Thurston) won’t even look at the paper. They are not negotiating.”
He also announced that Baltimore Downtown Restoration received notice Monday that the Internal Revenue Service has finally approved its long standing application for non-profit status. The approval came about six weeks after Kalish asked for help from Ohio’s Washington representatives.
A proposal from a landlord asking the village to increase its $75 deposit for water/sewer service to $200 will be discussed by the Finance Committee at its Oct. 15 meeting. The landlord is concerned about tenants skipping out on their final bill(s) which leaves the landlord responsible.