North Baltimore has an Interim EMS Chief who is very familiar with the NB EMS, Eric Larson has been hired to serve for the remainder of 2014.
Larson has been working with the NB EMS for some time helping to organize the staff and schedule and come up with ways for the village to be able to operate a full-time, efficient service utilizing volunteers. Larson will officially serve the position from May 1 through December 31, 2014.
Village Council heard from resident Malcolm Cameron regarding an idea that he has for an overpass to replace the Poe Road crossing, with a major reconfiguration of the Eagleville Road/East Broadway - Rocky Ford Bridge intersection. Cameron estimated the cost of the work would be $1.7 - $2.3 million. He was thanked for his interest in the village and his willingness to share his ideas.
Mayor Julien said he received a letter from a south side resident who is concerned with the emergency response situation due to the much increased CSX rail traffic that regularly block most of the crossing in town. Mayor Julien says that a study should be done in July that could help answer the issue.
Julien also noted that a response was made by the PUCO to a citizen complaint about the recent CSX rail crossings be closed. Basically the complaint was blown off, as the crossing work was completed when an inspection was made. Julien was concerned that the village complaint has not been responded to by the PUCO. The mayor is sending a follow up letter and copying CSX.
The village will continue to explore the Reverse 911 option for communicating emergency and other information to residents via telephone (land line) or cell phone. The service is less than $3,000 per year. Henry Township has decided to join this possible service to include Henry Township residents. They would pay 28% of the costs, the same as the rates for other emergency protection, as determined by a mathematical formula based on various criteria. American Signal is the company pitching the service.
The village will be looking at repealing the North Baltimore Traffic Code and adopting the Ohio Basic Traffic Code.
A concern about the brush piles around the village for the village wide pick-up was brought up. Some question as to how many of the 6 foot by 6 foot piles of brush would be picked up from one residence, with the consensus being that all properly prepared piles should be moved as practical during the pick-up period. And that storm/wind damage be taken care of as soon as practical.
However, some piles around the village have brush that is LARGER than 6 foot or has thorns and thistles mixed in. These will not be picked up.
The village will be seeking estimates for work to be done to fix the leaks in the town hall/fire hall roof; to refurbish Shelter House #3 at the park, similarly to #2 which was completed last year and also getting estimates for security cameras to be installed at the park.
The village paving plan work was awarded to Ward Construction out of Leipsic. The base bid of $99,310 will get South Tarr from East State to American Legion Drive paved (covering the old brick, which is a solid base) and East State Street from the 4-way to the Elevator; Zihlman will be paved, as well as South Taylor from Water Street around to meet up with American Legion Drive. An alternate bid was accepted to pave South Tarr from High Street to Route 18.
There was some discussion and confusion surrounding the plan to install new curbing on South Tarr Street, with 2,400 feet of curbing bid at $49,000. Kathy Healy said the curbing would be replaced all along South Tarr, which drew the ire of Councilman Aaron Patterson, who questioned why we would replace "functional" curbing, when we have several streets with badly damaged curbs (such as East State Street) or no curbing at all (portions of South and North Main), in high visibility areas. Additional discussion will be held, as Healy said the bid was for lineal footage.