PAULDING – MUST BE FALL: On Monday, October 17, one of the topics on the Paulding Village Council agenda was the Leaf Pickup and Halloween event.
Other topics discussed included establishing truck routes and solar panel regulations, and developing strategic plans.
At its final meeting on October 3, following an executive meeting for personnel, the council unanimously decided to hire Brandon Shuherk as a full-time police officer.
Trick or treat at Paulding is set for Saturday, October 29th from 5pm to 7pm.
Lions and Kiwanis clubs will have a Halloween parade and costume judging on October 29th. The parade will start at 3pm in front of the library. The trial takes place in the courthouse lawn gazebo.
Administrator Jason Vance announced that bagged leaf pick-ups will begin on Monday, October 24 and will continue on Mondays and Thursdays until further notice.
The bag should be tied off, placed on the curb and easily accessible.
The cost of weekly solid waste collection is increased by 9 cents per month due to additional fuel surcharges by Werlor’s. Monthly fees for village customers will increase from $11.78 to $11.87 by December. Fuel costs will be recalculated in Q1 2023.
Alderman Dan Workman said the safety committee met with EMS co-coordinator Sue Crosland. Sue Crosland provided a set of information for the c Committee to consider and discuss hiring a full-time Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
After Monday’s meeting, the council was adjourned to an executive meeting with EMS coordinators Dave Foltz and Crossland as guests. No action was taken, but a follow-up Safety Committee meeting is scheduled for October 24 at 4:30 pm.
Legislator Lois Beamer reported that the Ordinances Committee and the Streets Committee met jointly on October 6 to discuss several items, including designating truck routes on some streets.
Committee members also discussed a ban on U-turns into diagonal parking spaces around the square. Attorney Harvey Hyman will investigate state laws regarding the wording of ordinances and where signs are posted.
The final topic of discussion was solar panel regulation for residential real estate. They reviewed the example enacted by the City of Defiance and asked Hyman to investigate.
Zoning inspector Ron Schmidt suggested that the ordinance must include both commercial and residential solar panels and require that all solar panels require a permit.
Finance Director Cheryl Halter reported that office staff are still working on migrating to the new utility billing software. They keep finding that the transferred data is incorrect. Payments are held and filed by day until new data can be entered. Halter said the system is expected to go live later this month.
Alderman Dave Birch reiterated his request that the village consider developing a strategic plan. was given.
Burtch believes public works, housing development and zoning plans will be important as the town moves forward, especially in areas outside village boundaries where infrastructure expansion is needed.
Mayor Greg White said he would contact the Maumee Valley Planning Organization for their input on the development of the plan.
“If we can plan ahead for these expansions, on an intentional basis rather than a reaction basis, we will probably get them much cheaper and have time to apply for grandstand funding.” Burtch said.
During September, the police department responded to 224 service requests and eight traffic accidents. No traffic violation warnings. I didn’t write a parking ticket. Completed 410 security checks. He sent 10 junk notices. Didn’t issue a junk ordinance citation.
In September, Paulding EMS had 69 calls and 65 patients, for a year-to-date total of 652 calls and 603 patients. Due to understaffing, the team failed to call him seven times.
In other business, the Council:
• Christmas decorations will begin downtown at 10am on Saturday, November 5th. We welcome volunteer participation.
• I heard that the annual Merry & Bright Parade is scheduled for November 28th. Groups and nonprofits interested in participating in the parade float can obtain an application form on the Community Revitalizing Polling (CoRP) Facebook page.
The next regular meeting will be on Monday, November 7th at 6:30 pm. For the general public, please visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4451352151. Meeting ID number is 445 135 2151.