ARCANUM – A resolution for bulk salt service was allowed to “die on the vine” after receiving its third reading before the Arcanum Village Council.

Council members already had discussed the terms of the agreement and decided not to pursue the contract in previous meetings.

Council also scrapped an ordinance for wages and benefits for village employees, replacing it with another ordinance that makes the changes effective two weeks later. After reviewing the original ordinance, Village Solicitor Mark Heggie realized it could not go through the three readings and be approved 30 days before its effective date.

An emergency ordinance was passed amending appropriations to the Sewer and Storm Sewer Surcharge Fund to allow repairs to be made to the street sweeper. Heggie determined the fund could be used for that purpose, as the street sweeper functions as part of the maintenance of storm sewers.

Paul Myers, chairman of the Arcanum Public Library Board of Trustees, spoke to council about the upcoming renewal levy on the ballot. He explained that the 1-mill levy first approved five years ago replaces the money cut by the state in 2008. The renewal levy will be a continuing levy, so the board does not have to go to voters again for support.

The 1-mill levy generates about $113,000 for the library.

Mayor Judith Fourman commented that she is a library user herself and appreciates the services provided.

In his administrative report, Village Administrator Bill Sinnes said the village is still looking into the problem with infiltration into the sanitary sewers. He also said the fencing by the VFW and utility building had been fixed, and the village would be looking into an EPA grant for more fencing for water plant security.

By Rachel Lloyd

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