The Village of Quincy Council met in regular session on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. with all members present. Mayor Carpenter invited everyone to join in a Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and reciting of The Lord’s Prayer.
Minutes were approved and a listing of bills provided to each Council member were presented and approved. Reports of fund balances and receipts for February were also approved.
Solicitor Steve Fansler was present for the meeting. The Council and Mr. Fansler discussed the situation with the Joint Sewer Plant and problems over the operators salary and lack of operation participation at Joint Sewer Plant meetings. Mr. Fansler reviewed with the Council several steps that could be taken regarding these matters. After review and discussion Mr. Fansler will be making contact with the Solicitor of the Village of DeGraff and determine where things stand and the a determination of how to proceed will be discussed and action to be taken to resolve the issues at hand. Until that time the Village of Quincy will continue to operate the Joint Sewer Plant to the best of everyone’s interest. Providing a functioning sewer system to all residents in the Village of Quincy and the Village of DeGraff is a State of Ohio E.P.A. requirement and is not an option. All residents in both villages are paying for this service and expenses must be paid as well as repairs and maintenance must be done.
The Village of Quincy Council approved resolution R2-2019 to participate in the Logan County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan on an emergency basis.
A letter was presented from the Ohio E.P.A. regarding items that need to be taken care to bring the water system up to date and have an Asset Management Program in place that is now a mandatory program. The four items that needed addressed are in the process of being taken care of.
The Village Solicitor was asked to create an ordinance regarding backflow prevention and penalties for violations to be presented for Council approval as part of the Asset Management Program. Well #2 is in need of a new pump, Well #1 has been abandoned, Well #3 is being reviewed and needs cleaned and a determination of its function and Well #4 is in full function at this time. A contingency plan is being prepared to record maintenance of equipment and what to do in case of emergency.
Dan Robinson reported that Bikes for Tikes will be in the Village of Quincy stopping for a break on April 13, 2019 at approximately 10:30 p.m. The public is invited to stop by and join in their presence in the Village.
The Village of Quincy Council extended a huge thank you to all who participate in the major water line breaks that occurred in the frigid cold temperatures. Several people assisted and volunteered their time to make sure the Village of Quincy residents had water throughout the emergency. There were several water breaks during the few days of frigid cold and they have all been fixed at this time.
During the water main breaks it was discovered that a valve in the vicinity of State Route #235 needs replaced. The Council is looking at hiring someone to replace the valve in a timely manner and control traffic during the repairs. The cost is not known at this time but concern is being looked at due to work on Well #2, replacement of the water valve, and the commitment of funds to match a grant for replacement of a water line on Jefferson Street in the Village.
The final item on the Council agenda was a review of the delinquent utility users list. Several accounts remain unpaid and are scheduled for shut off as soon as possible. The Council is taking aggressive steps to bring all accounts current and keep them current. A twenty percent penalty is applied to each unpaid balance.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:22 p.m. and the next meeting will be held February 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The next scheduled Joint Sewer Board meeting is scheduled for March 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Joint Sewer Plant
Submitted by the village of Quincy.