Road conditions discussed

TILTONSVILLE – Complaints about the condition of the Third Street railroad crossing were discussed recently by Tiltonsville Village Council, and community spirit also drew attention.

Councilman Leo Fristick indicated the need for the solicitor to send letters to the railroad company about the Third Street crossing.

It was noted by Councilwoman Kelly Klubert that Village Administrator Carl Sgalla reported at council’s April 1 meeting that the railroad company planned to rebuild the crossing.

Council has been receiving complaints about the crossing.

In other matters, Councilman Chip Antonacci suggested that council think of ideas to get the community involved and to encourage community spirit. He wanted the officials to bring ideas to the next meeting.

Klubert reported she has received several complaints about stray cats.

She also said the problem of brush piles in town needs to be addressed.

Council adopted the pay scale ordinance on its third reading.

Sgalla reported several storm sewers have been cleaned, and the Ohio Department of Transportation used a vacuum to clean the right-of-way fence along Maiden Lane in the south end of town.

ODOT also will jet-spray the sewer line along Walden Avenue.

Sgalla said during the recent windstorm, a tree came down, knocking one power line into another and shorted out the power to the main water plant. It was a 7,000-volt line.

A tree also knocked out power to the village’s water tank on the hill.

These problems occurred on Sept. 14 about 5 p.m., and then the system had to be operated manually and by 11 p.m., Tiltonsville used the back-up system and obtained water from Yorkville until the next night about 11.

Sgalla expressed appreciation to Yorkville for all the assistance provided and also thanked Bob Prati and Jonathan Sgalla who worked all night in removing trees and debris and putting up knocked-over street signs.

The village administrator also reported he attended a recent meeting of Rayland Village Council to offer help in regard to the problem of low water pressure. He also contacted the Jefferson County Water and Sewer District for a flow test on hydrants.

Tiltonsville supplies water to Rayland, and Councilman Jerry Vinci asked if the pressure problem was Tiltonsville’s. Sgalla replied the flow test showed no pressure problem with Tiltonsville’s last hydrant but Rayland’s first hydrant showed a pressure drop.

He also told of Rayland’s plans to replace a valve on the main waterline.

In another matter, he reported on meeting with a resident and placing grinding on the ruts at the bottom of the resident’s access road. The problem had been discussed at a previous meeting.

Mayor Ed Gould read a letter from Comcast, noting that effective Oct. 10, the administrative fee for delinquent payments will increase from $4.95 to $6.95, and an electronic convenience fee of $1.99 will be applied for payments made via the telephone interactive voice response system.