Cadiz seeking members

CADIZ During Thursday’s meeting, village council noted it is accepting applications for the council seat that will be vacant as of the next meeting when Council Member Mike McPeak steps down. Applications will be accepted until July 23, 4:30 p.m.

Rich Milleson, economic coordinator for the village, reviewed the month’s activities, including a June 14 economic development summit at Sally Buffalo Park, including Rep. Andrew Thompson and other state officials. There were also meetings with commissioners regarding the use of county land in the village limits. On July 17 he will meet with ODOT officials regarding possible state route upgrades in the village. He noted further progress concerning oil and gas interests in the county.

On July 22 the Ohio Rail Commission will begin discussions regarding re-connecting Cadiz with the rail of Central Ohio Railroad.

Milleson will also attend an Ohio Mid-East Governments Association training session to produce grants from the Natural Resource Assistance Fund.

In addition, ODNR’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands program is working on the reclamation of high walls at Sally Buffalo Park. Jim Bishop, heading the program, noted the 2,200 foot priority one high wall is adjacent to reclaimed area. The initial design suggests a cost of $500,000 to reclaim the rest, looking at federal appropriations for 2014 with the project submitted in the 2014 grant and hopefully completed by 2017.

Regarding the streets, cleanup continues in the aftermath of Wednesday’s storms. Also, the base of Burton Avenue has been completed.

In financial matters, the village is obtaining prices for the proposed expansion of camping lots at Sally Buffalo Park. Since the lots will be rented year-round and command a higher price due to the availability of water and electricity, cost could be recouped in one year according to preliminary figures.

Also, a new scissor lift is needed and the village is looking at prices. A portion of an $11,000 rebate check could be used for a matching grant.

In matters of youth and recreation, the village is pricing software to assist with billing needs. Officials are also looking into the costs of a weekend supervisor at the park. Eagle Scouts have volunteered to build some improvement projects on the walking trail, including six benches.

Guests inquired about the permitting process. Zoning Administrator Charles Bowman said he is available Mondays and can be reached through the village clerk the rest of the week.

Council passed an ordinance re-zoning a parcel on 419 Lincoln Avenue from an R-1 zoning to C-1 zoning designation so the owner can remove the existing structure including several trees and erect a steel building surrounded by a concrete drive and green acres to expand Mattern Tire.

Four lights have been reported to AEP for repairs.

Council authorized litigation to several owners of dilapidated properties.

An emergency services meeting will be held July 17.

Commencing August, council meetings will resume the first and third of every month.

The next council meeting will be held July 25, 7 p.m.

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