Reminderville seeks state funding for repaving program

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REMINDERVILLE — The city will seek funding from the Ohio Public Works Board to help pay for part of its multi-street resurfacing program in 2023.

On June 14, Council authorized OHM Advisors to apply for funding from the OPWC and the Mayor to enter into any agreements necessary to obtain financial assistance for capital improvements.

The multi-street resurfacing program will include Willowbrook; Liberty Road to Morley Drive, Flagstone Drive and Glenwood Boulevard; Liberty Ledges, Kendal Lane, Herrington, Glenwood Boulevard to Firethorn Drive, Skippers Cove, Nautilus Trail to cul-de-sac and Anchorage Cove.

The Board also authorized Police Chief Marco Berquist to apply for, and accept if granted, an American Rescue Plan Act First Responder Welfare, Recruitment, Retention and Resilience Grant. ARPA has a section that manages this financial assistance for police departments.

The Board has also taken the following actions:

Accepted the resignation of police officer Jack Kyle and revoked his police commission on May 30.

Hiring Jeramie Burge as a summer camp counselor and front desk clerk at the Reminderville Athletic Club beginning June 15 at a rate of $9.53 per hour.

Amended section 1351.04 of the Consolidated Ordinances to remove a clause that states: “Neither palisades nor solid board fencing shall be permitted in any area of ​​the city.”

Amended Section 149.09 of the Consolidated Ordinances now states: “The Town of Reminderville Employee Handbook, formerly known as the Village of Reminderville Employee Handbook and Personnel Policy, as amended on 14 June 2022, is hereby approved and accepted.”

Amended 2022 appropriations by reducing the general fund by $111,269, adding $19,400 to the RAC fund and adding $9,000 to the revenue/tax budget fund (to account for a grant from the Board of Northeast Ohio Public Energy).

Repealed two ordinances, one that was passed in 2021 and one that was passed recently. The former established a capital projects fund to be used for future capital expenditures, and the latter transferred $180,000 from the general fund to the capital projects fund.

Tax officer Deborah Wordell explained that Ohio’s revised code states that the city cannot accumulate money in a capital fund for more than 10 years. If the money in the fund is not used for 10 years, it may have to be put back into the general fund, and then a new capital fund will have to be created for another 10 years.

Wordell said if the money stays in the general fund, it’s no different than putting it in the capital fund as long as officials know what they’re budgeting for each year.

So, instead of the capital projects fund, the city could assess the monthly balances of the general fund to ensure that the balance does not fall below what would be needed for capital improvements, and during the budget process. , the board could consider a certain percentage to keep. in the report year after year.

Moving on to their next reading, there are ordinances to do the following:

Amend section 139.01 of the consolidated ordinances to increase the number of full-time patrol officers and detectives in the police department from nine to 10.

Authorize the Civil Service Commission to change its rules for hiring and selecting patrol officers in accordance with a proposed amendment to the Civil Service Rules.

Amend section 139.1 of the Consolidated Ordinances dealing with vacation leave. It would add the following: “For the purpose of determining the number of vacation days available, an employee who has been separated from the public service shall, upon re-employment, be credited with prior public service time earned up to 120 hours . . The credit is contingent on reinstatement within 10 years of the date the employee last left the public service. However, the public service credit is not eligible for payment pursuant to paragraph G of the order.

Adopt the tax budget for 2023.

A resolution to hire Derrick Cook as a full-time constable on probation with the police department at a rate of $28.96 an hour has been filed. Cook was hired as a part-time agent at the rate of $23.59 an hour at the special council meeting on June 9.

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