Byesville seeking funding for upcoming projects.
Byesville council approved a number of resolutions, one, seeking funding for improvements to the village's waste water collection system.
Passing by a unanimous vote, the resolution gives the village administration approval to apply to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Governor's Office of Appalachia (GOA) for grant funding for improvements to the Byesville wastewater collection system.
The proposed $1.2 million project will replace a number of sewer lines, but primarily rehabilitate the aging system, by installing liners inside of the pipes.
Village Administrator Brennan Dudley says that, with some luck, upwards of 80% of the project could be paid for with grant funds.
Another ordinance, approved by council after three public readings puts into place changes in the village water tap fees. According to Dudley, the actual tap fees will not change, but the total charge will represent a combination of fees already in place. The new ordinance will however, increase the tap on price charged for those outside of the village. Also included in this measure was a price hike for the purchase of bulk water.
Council also approved applying to the Ohio EPA for a litter control grant. If awarded, the money will be used for the village's annual clean up campaign.
Also receiving third reading tonight was an amendment to the village ordinance regarding the sidewalk improvement program. As it now stands those wishing to improve their sidewalks will split the cost with the village 50-50.
Another ordinance, approved by council vacates a number of alley-ways within the departing Fabri-Form facility.
Council also gave first reading to an ordinance which will eventually lead to the establishment of a Mayor's Court.
A legislative body, such as Byesville Council uses the three reading method to allow the public a chance to voice their opinion on an issue, before council conducts its' final vote. Council may decide to vote on the matter before the third reading, however, at that final reading, council must vote on the issue or send it back to committee for further evaluation and modifications.
A end of the year report was submitted to council from the Byesville Police Dept. Since taking over in April of 2013, Chief Jason May reports the department has answered over 1300 calls and has made 79 arrests, 9 of which were felony drug arrests.
And it was reported that Byesville is creating a Neighborhood Watch Program. A first meeting is scheduled for 6 pm on Wednesday, February 5. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers in Village Hall, the public is urged to attend.
In a prepared, written statement, Mayor Ray Watson presented his annual State of the Village Address.
In the statement, Mayor Watson reviewed on 2013, and its' many challenges and accomplishments. He pointed out changes in personnel, including the naming of a new Village Administrator. The mayor voiced his disappointment in the Fabri-Form company leaving. Watson noted that accomplishments outweighed challenges, noting the replacement of water lines, street paving and sidewalk replacement. Mayor Watson concluded by noting his appreciation of the assistance and diligent work of Byesville personnel. He also expressed appreciation of the assistance and cooperation of council, and says he looks forward to serve the residents of the village in 2014.