New Paris council votes to get tax estimate from auditor


NEW PARIS — New Paris Village Council approved four resolutions, two of which were to request tax estimates from the Preble County Auditor, during a meeting on Monday, June 1.

The village passed the four resolutions unanimously. Resolutions 2015-07 and 2015-08 were for an estimate of tax revenue from a renewal levy of both one mil and two mil, respectively. Both mils are for five years for the current operating expense levy having a final collection date of 2015 and declaring an emergency.

Both resolutions give council the opportunity to make a decision in July if the levies will be placed on the ballot in November.

Council also approved a commitment to Ohio Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network. The agreement allows the village to borrow, as well as offer up, utilities and other such materials to other cities and villages as needed. It is an emergency network.

The council also voted to fill an open seat, previously held by Joe Bartle. Per Neil Hoffman’s recommendation, Theresa Moss will now fill the empty vacancy. They also voted to hire a new street commissioner at the cost of $14 per hour.

Mote and Associates also presented a report, stating that while not much progress has been made on a Cherry Street project, every thing is running smoothly and they have not run into many obstacles. The presenter also said the quality of work being done is “excellent.”

Council also needed a pay application approved by council in the amount of $27,240.71, mostly for materials. The application was approved unanimously.

During the safety report, it was reported that the village had 126 calls, 23 reports, two arrests, 14 citations, and six warnings for the month of May. They also received a $500 donation from the American Legion.

The department also sought approved for $3,500 be transferred to purchase drug equipment. Due to the nature of the equipment, and citing the safety of the officers that will be involved with the equipment, no information was divulged into what exactly the equipment does or what it is for. Council approved the request.

It was also reported that the building at 301 W. Main Street, known as the “burn house” will have an auditor’s auction sometime in July. Also in the sanitation report the discussion of purchasing a tractor instead of continuing to pay a lawn care business to take care of city owned property. No decision was made but council is looking into the cost.

The council closed by approving a proclamation for town physician Jeung Ahn, who is retiring and has been a friend and supporter of the village for 36 years. They have marked the week of June 23 through June 30 to be in his honor.

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