Tiltonsville council OKs $1.6M budget


Times Leader Correspondent

TILTONSVILLE – The 2014 budget exceeding $1.6 million was approved this week by Tiltonsville Village Council, which also received copies of a proposed swimming pool ordinance for study from Mayor Kris Prati.

In addition, the police department now is at full staff with 24-hour coverage, and Police Chief Jerry Davis was commended and given a round of applause.

Clerk-Treasurer Kareen Prince requested approval for a motion regarding the 2014 budget totaling $1,611,800 and for a resolution to adjust resources of 2013, and both were OK’d by council.

When distributing copies of the proposed pool ordinance, Prati said the code administrator had asked for this ordinance, and she is hopeful it will be approved at the August meeting.

Councilman Ty Lollini commended Davis for his hard work in getting the police department back to full staff, and officials applauded.

In his police report, Davis noted the department is back at full 24-hour coverage, adding, “We are operating with eight officers. There have been some minor setbacks, but things are moving forward. As of right now, there should not be any reason that we do not have police coverage.”

Dustin Hilderbrand has been hired back as a part-time patrolman, and his hire date was July 16, according to the chief.

The light package on the village’s oldest cruiser was replaced, and wiring issues were remedied, according to Davis. He added everything seems to be functioning properly with the unit now.

Breakdowns regarding arrests and other matters as well as costs and miles of patrolling were reported by the chief.

Lollini commended the fire department, police department and council for being out in full force to clean up after last week’s storm.

Councilman Ray Viola asked why an extra police officer wasn’t out that night. Prince said the village had an officer out all night patrolling.

A problem regarding calls to the police department was discussed. The village uses Comcast for its telephones, and Prati said those calling who have Frontier services aren’t getting through; the department’s telephone just rings.

The mayor said those needing the police are to call the 911 emergency system. Chief Davis said repairmen have checked the department’s telephone, and the problem isn’t on the village’s line but the police don’t know about the caller’s line.

In other matters, Village Administrator Carl Sgalla reported the village’s wastewater treatment plant is remaining in Class I. The NPDES renewal application had been submitted to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and receipt of a draft permit for the next five-year period is being awaited.

Sgalla also reported on four waterline line breaks between June 29 and July 14 and noted work still is being done to determine the severity of the north well problem.

Contractors, according to Sgalla, have completed replacement of storm water catch basins at Mound/Maryland streets and East South/Mound streets. New catch basins also have been installed at the east side of East South Street and the north end of Mound Street.

Daily litter collection is continuing along village streets, and sweeping of curbed streets has been completed, according to the village administrator. He also reported hot patching has begun on streets.

A Main Street resident voiced a complaint that another resident has 13-15 cats traveling the neighborhood so the complainant’s porch smells like urine, and kittens are found under porch items.

Mayor Prati said the village has an ordinance regarding cats, adding she would have the police chief tell the cat owner to confine the felines. If there is non-compliance, the resident can be fined in accordance with the ordinance.

Matters pertaining to a proposed garbage ordinance given its first reading last month also were discussed. The proposed ordinance would regulate the procedure regarding garbage and trash receptacles. It would provide that garbage must be in bags placed in the receptacles.

A resident this week indicated one garbage can is adequate for the weekly garbage at the resident’s home and also noted a willingness to comply with the proposed ordinance but didn’t want to buy another garbage can for an occasional bag of grass.

Lollini asked how could the village exempt a bag when it isn’t known if it contains grass or garbage.

Prati said some people take their bags of garbage out of the can the night before pick-up, and these bags are getting torn up. She added officials would look at the ordinance before its second reading.

Later in the meeting, Lollini asked for a definition of receptacles. Council agreed it should be put into Section 1 of the proposed ordinance that receptables should be hard plastic or steel containers with a lid.

The ordinance then was given its second reading.

Council’s next regular meeting will be Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m.