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Repaving savings to fund new sidewalk

HEBRON – Village Council will meet only once a month during June, July and August. Meetings will be at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The first meeting of the month on the second Wednesday has been cancelled. Council will continue to hold its combined committees meeting at 6 p.m. on the Monday between the second and fourth Wednesday.

At their May 14 meeting, council members unanimously approved a Lakewood Little League proposal to construct a new baseball field at Evans Park this year. The group hopes the new field will ease scheduling difficulties. They would like to build two more fields later.

Construction will be totally funded by donated services and materials. The fence will be shorter at 175 feet compared to the current fields at 195 feet. However, the outfield fence will be 10 feet high instead of the current four feet.

Several council members were concerned whether the new field would interfere with the park’s very popular walking trail. It will not affect the trail.

Village Administrator Ralph Wise reported that bids for the Kelly and Westview Drive repaving project came in under the engineer’s estimate, allowing the village to add 160 feet of sidewalk on Lakewood Drive to the project. The engineer’s estimate was $469,000. Kokosing Construction was awarded a $459,110 contract which includes the additional sidewalk work. The village will be paying about 30 percent of the cost thanks to an Ohio Public Works Commission grant. The financial package includes a $105,000 no-interest load.

After considerable discussion, council members unanimously agreed to contract with IGS of Dublin to supply electricity to the village’s 35 accounts for the next 36 months. AEP Energy had been supplying the electricity at the fixed rate of 4.9 cents per kilowatt hour for the last year. That contracts expires this month. AEP Energy bid 6.452 cents for 36 months compared to 6.32 cents from IGS. The IGS award will save the village about $4,000 a year. Prior to contracting, Hebron had been paying 8-9 cents a kilowatt hour.

Wise and Police Chief James Dean said the Maple Heights Trailer Park off Ohio 79 is closing down. Residents have been given until June 5 to vacate the property. “It’s been a real headache for us,” Dean told council members. Most of the trailers can’t be moved and will be demolished on site.

Mayor Clifford Mason told council members that four applications had been received for fire chief. Chief Randy Weekly is retiring effective July 18 after 42 years of service with the department. Council’s Personnel Committee will be reviewing the applications.

Mason also announced that an application filed with the Planning & Zoning Board to change the zoning classification for a vacant lot at 555 E. Main Street from R-2 Residential to General Commercial had been withdrawn.

At council’s May 28 meeting, Wise announced that the U.S. Census Bureau now estimates Hebron’s population at 2,360 as of July 1, 2013, which is a one percent increase over the 2010 Census of 2,336.

Council members discussed making an offer for fire equipment owned by Union Township but used by the village. Questions about the condition and particularly the status of the pump on Engine 2 owned by the township will be addressed before putting together an offer.

Council members set a hearing on a petition to vacate an alley for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25. A house at 118 Maple St. is partially built in the 12-foot wide alley that runs up to the back of the village’s fire station. The new owner of the property owns four lots and there are no other adjoining property owners affected by the vacation request. Solicitor Wes Untied said the village last vacated an alley in 2002.

Wise reported that two water and sewer customers in the industrial park are working through Chapter 11 reorganizations. Momentive’s bills are current and the new entity controlling Constar is current since the bankruptcy filing.

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