Cortland acts on unpaid water, sewer accounts

CORTLAND — City Council has approved an ordinance change that will allow the city to place tax liens on properties with unpaid water and sewer accounts.

The move came after an incident earlier this year in which a Hillman Avenue property was going to be sold but several thousands of dollars in water and sewer assessments had not been paid, Mayor James Woofter said.

“We realized we did not have an ordinance to go back to them to collect the money on unpaid water and sewer bills. The ordinance passed will allow us to collect unpaid utility charges from the homeowners,” Woofter said.

Delinquent sewer and water fees will be added to properties in the form of a lien, according to the legislation. Fees associated with paperwork will be added to the lien.

In other business, council:

• Accepted the amounts and rates set by the Trumbull County budget commission and authorized necessary tax levies;

• Approved a $16,500 contract with Arrow Surface Enterprises Inc. to color coat and stripe the tennis courts at Willow Park;

• Approved a contract, not to exceed $25,000, with Main Lite Electric Company Inc. for the installation of five street lights on Huntington Trail. The previous lights were over 30 years old and had ongoing issues, according to legislation. The replacement makes the street eligible for the Ohio Edison Efficiency Safety Incentive Program. Councilman Don Moore voted against the ordinance;

• Had second reading for a $9,811, or 20 percent, matching contribution, to SCOPE Senior Center. SCOPE received a $49,059 grant from Trumbull County to partially support services in Cortland for July 2019 through June 30, 2020;

• Heard from police Chief David Morris that the department hired Tiffany Wolfe as a part-time officer. Wolfe had four years full-time experience in Hubbard and about seven years total law enforcement training, he said;

• Heard from fire Chief David Rea that the fire department and University Hospital, conducted a “stop the bleed” class for staff at Lakewview K-8 school. The class trained the staff on what to do during emergency situations where bleeding is a concern;

• Announced fire hydrant flushing will begin Sept. 3 and will last two to three weeks;

• Reminded citizens the last week of the month is limb and branch pickup. Limbs should be out Sunday night;

• Announced the splash pad tentatively closes Labor Day weekend;

• Heard from Woofter that the contract for residential garbage pickup was renewed for two years. Residents will see a 49-cent per month increase;

• Set the next council meeting 7 p.m. Sept. 3 because of the Labor Day holiday.