The Village of Quincy Council has spent much of the two meetings in September reviewing the need of a full time Joint Sewer Plant Operator. The end result of all these discussions has the Village of Quincy Council motioning to have an ordinance drafted to create a full time position for a Class II Operator at the Joint Sewer Plant. A special meeting of the Joint Sewer Board to move forward on this matter was ended with no decision being made on how to proceed with funding this full time position. All current expenses at the plant have been divided on a flow rate basis. On average and at this time that split is 30% Quincy and 70% DeGraff. Prior to building the new sewer plant the split of expenses was figured on the number of users. Each determination was based on a yearly average.
At this time both Villages accept the need of a full time operator.
A discussion has been held in regard to how this full time operator expense will be divided. The first step in solving this issue is to first create the position. A meeting of village legal advisors and mayors was suppose to take place and has not been scheduled at this time. The ordinance to create this position was suppose to be prepared for the second meeting in September but was not ready. The current operator will be unable to continue as operator of record after September 30, 2017. Therefore, the Village of Quincy moved to allow Mayor Dan Robinson to contact other Class II operators to cover the Ohio E.P.A. rules that a twenty hour per week Class II Operator must be on site five days per week Monday through Friday to operate the plant. Both villages will be responsible to pay for this expense.
The Village of Quincy was notified that a $500,000.00 Revitalization Grant has been received. The Mayor, Village of Quincy Council, and Fiscal Officer wants to wish a very large Thank You to Lucie Mahone for all her help in preparing and submitting the grant application. A thank you to Jim Cox for his engineering service, citizens of the Village of Quincy that participated in the public meetings, the Logan County Commissioners, and anyone else involved in receiving this grant.
During the next few months many of the projects will begin. At this time Council is waiting for the next steps to begin the process. The Jefferson Street water line replacement project is still waiting to find out if funds will be granted to move forward with this project.
The Council was then informed of projects requiring major funding.
Tiles need to be replaced at the Joint Sewer Plant at an approximate cost of $5,400.00 for the first 240. A total of 498 tiles need replaced at this time to prevent retreating of sludge. Several other projects at Joint Sewer Plant are being looked at including algae removal and control and removal and land applying sludge. Judd Brooks reported the need to replace the generator at the Quincy-Miami Township Fire and Rescue building. The current generator is not working at all. Information on a new Kohler generator has been quoted at $16,470.00. The Council discussed the matter and determined that several other estimates should be obtained and brought back to Council for review. The last major expense presented was the need to replace the mower that mows ditches. The current mower is not working and is very old. Putting more money into the machine has been determined as not a good investment due to age and hours of service. The present estimate is for a John Deere at a cost of $16,675.41 including the mower attachment. Investigation of funding of the projects will begin and financing these projects can move forward when funding is determined.
Grant funding has provided the Village of Quincy with a new fire siren at the Quincy-Miami Township building. This siren is suppose to be heard for two and one half miles. The pole is set and the siren is placed. Final electrical hook ups need to be made and programming of the siren needs to be completed. Testing will not be done until everything is in place.
Trick or Treat in the Village of Quincy will be held October 26 2017 in accordance with Logan County.
The next Joint Sewer Plant meeting will be held on October 2, 2917 at 7:00 p.m. at the Joint Sewer Plant.
Mr. Helmandollar reported that he needs volunteers to maintain the School Bell site at this time. Anyone interested in this community project please contact Mr. Helmandollar regarding what needs to be done.
Delinquent utility bills were discussed at both September meetings. These accounts have gotten out of control. Payment arrangements can no longer be made unless determined by Mayor Robinson. It is being discussed that anyone being shut-off due to delinquency will be placed on probation for one year and if that account is one month late for that time period, service will be terminated until payment in full is made plus the 20% penalty and $25.00 turn on fee.
The final action was an executive session that was needed to discuss personnel issues with no formal actions taken as a result of the meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:09 p.m. The next regular Council meeting will be held October 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.