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On the record – Newton Falls

WHAT: Village council meeting Oct. 4

PRESENT: Chris Granchie, Brian Kropp, Adam Zimmerman, Tesa Spletzer, John Baryak and Mayor Ken Kline

Council:

• Approved having Interim Village Manager Pamela Priddy accept quotes to hire a consultant / engineer for the annual dam inspection required by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. A trained engineer is needed to inspect the dam for leaks and other issues;

• Approved by a 4-1 vote having an opt-out cost analysis to be done on the water and electric meters and to cancel the previous smart meter form previously set by former Village Manager David Lynch. Zimmerman voted against changing the opt-out forms. Priddy said about 500 of the new meters have been installed and more than 23 residents already have opted out;

• Appointed Terry Wentworth to the an unexpired term through January 2023 on the joint fire board;

• Heard from Spletzer that work is being done at the Everett Greathouse Park, including replacing park benches, a chain-link fence, paving of the basketball courts and other beautification work;

• Heard from Priddy of plans to get new “Welcome to Newton Falls” signs at four entrances to the village;

• Heard from Priddy a rate study will be done on the sanitary service fee with the last increase in sewer rates in 2015. She said the village needs to make the debt payment of $420,000 on the wastewater treatment plant. Priddy said the village has worked out a 1.5 percent interest rate on refinancing the treatment plant payments, which is a $163,00 savings.

— Bob Coupland

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