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Shutoffs, late fees returning to Flushing

FLUSHING — Officials on Thursday announced the timeline for resuming shutoffs and late fees for delinquent water and sewer customers in the village.

To make sure as many Ohioans as possible had safe drinking water during the coronavirus outbreak, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued an order on March 31 prohibiting water services from shutting off water or charging late fees to delinquent accounts.

During a meeting in June, village Fiscal Officer Jeryl McGaffick informed council that water bill non-payments had exceeded $19,000. Mayor Angelo Vincenzo asked the Water and Sewer Committee to have a plan ready when the OEPA’s restrictions were lifted.

With the restrictions expiring last Friday, Vincenzo on Thursday announced that those with delinquent accounts were sent a letter on July 2 informing them of their past due balance . He said those accounts will have until July 25 to bring their accounts current.

Vincenzo said disconnections will start July 28 with all late fees and penalty procedures restarting with the billings for July usage.

Vincenzo, along with Police Chief Paul Leek and Councilman Tom Bober, discussed recent complaints about loud engine revving. Vincenzo said that since it is not happening after 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday or 11p.m. Friday or Saturday no law is being broken.

Leek said when the noise is excessive, it qualifies as disorderly conduct and that he had informed the group involved of that potential charge. He said they had quit at that time. Bober proposed revisiting the noise ordinance to see if there was any way to revise it.

In his monthly report, Village Administrator Bryan Clark said he and a village crew had put down 12 tons of asphalt in patchwork, potholes and berms recently, noting that there still were road repairs needed but that he was pleased with the progress made so far.

He also said that he believed all street lights were now functioning properly and said that the three water breaks this month had all been on “outside lines” and had all been repaired with very few problems.

Clark said that they had trouble recently locating sewer lines on Circle Drive due to a map being incorrect and proposed purchasing a camera system with a locator, saying that would cost around $13,000.

Clark explained that the system would allow crews to dig in very specific spots in order to make repairs instead of having to take out large sections and that it cost the village $3,000-$5,000 each time a contractor has to be brought in to perform camera work.

Bober agreed and was prepared to move forward with the purchase, but Clark and McGaffick said they would check available funding. The matter was tabled until the August meeting.

Vincenzo said he had spoken to Convenient franchisee Doug Cash about his plans to build a new store. Cash indicated the property owner wants to wait.

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