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Repairs are underway on storm siren

HEBRON – Fire Chief Jack Stickradt Jr. told council members Wednesday night that problems with the village’s storm siren going off on its own are being fixed.

The frequent soundings were annoying residents and guests at the Lakewood Inn. A service technician found a faulty board last week. Stickradt is also concerned that the siren didn’t activate during last Wednesday’s county-wide monthly test. He questioned whether that failure could also be attributed to the faulty part. “We’re developing some maintenance procedures,” he assured council members.

Mayor Clifford Mason said the village is continuing to work with Licking County EMA director Sean Grady to get a dam alert siren installed in Hebron. The siren will be located at the village’s water treatment plant on South High Street.

In other business Wednesday night, council members unanimously agreed to allocate up to $27,000 in 2016 as its share of the cost to replace the culvert under US 40 near 9th Street. Licking County and ODOT are working with the village on the project. ODOT has committed up to $60,000 for design and engineering. ODOT wants the culvert replaced at the same time it resurfaces US 40 next year.

Licking County has pledged $10,000 to help the village score more points on the competitive application for a Critical Infrastructure Grant from the Community Development Block Grant program. The grant would provide up to $250,000 of the total estimated cost of $345,000.

Council members also approved rental rates for structures in Canal Park. The shelter-house rents for $25 and the gazebo for $10. Hebron residents are refunded the rental charge if the facilities are not damaged.

In his report, Mason said he and Village Administrator Ralph Wise showed some properties to LEADS officials last week. LEADS shut down its Buckeye Lake Head Start program in March following the US Army Corps of Engineer report about the possible failure of the Buckeye Lake dam. “We’re trying to find LEADS a home here in the village,” Mason explained.

During council member comments, council member Tom Marietta said, “Trash service is terrible.” Waste Management purchased Big O early this year and assumed its contract obligations. Council member Jim Friend and Mason agreed with Marietta. A Waste Management representative has been asked to attend council’s combined committee meeting on July 13.

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