ATTICA - The old Eagles' facility in Attica continued to be the central topic during village council's meeting Thursday night.
The Fraternal Order of the Eagles 4112 vacated the building in 2009 and the organization owes $6,000 in back taxes. Norwalk Eagles became the custodians of the building. A cave-in of the back brick wall into the building is causing concern for the village.
Village Administrator Greg Martin, acting as the zoning commissioner, sent a letter to the Norwalk organization with a May 1 deadline for rectifying the situation. He received a letter May 15 from Ron McDowell requesting a list of contractors which was provided to him.
In the meantime Martin said he relayed to the Seneca County Health District the Eagles were making an effort to locate a contractor for the project but he has just received a letter from the Eagles' Ohio Grand Aerie that the organization is not responsible for the building.
After four years, the building may be sold at sheriff's auction and looks to be scheduled for sale in September or October.
Martin also informed council members that engineer Lyn Makeever planned to submit final plans to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for a wastewater lagoon.
He said the village plans to apply again for principal forgiveness through the Ohio Water Pollution Control Fund in the fall. It is possible to get up to a 50 percent reduction in principal.
Councilman Jeff Painter reported Roes Tree Service examined several trees throughout the village and determined they must come down for safety reasons. Another was in need of trimming. The estimated cost is $1,985, which does not include grinding the stumps. The tree committee budget contained only $1,300 and council granted permission to borrow the remainder from next year's budget to complete the project.
The street committee is to meet and examine streets to prioritize paving projects for the year.
Fiscal Officer Pat Krebs reported a total of $806,367.57 in all funds. The 2014 budget was adopted by council.
It was noted a citizen was questioning the large yellow signs at town center. Council wants the public to know they are not responsible for the signs. Civic organizations post the signs to advertise special events.
The village's newest police cruiser has been prepared and is now in service.
The meeting moved into executive session for discussion of possible litigation.
President pro-tem George Yakoubian presided over a budget hearing prior to the council meeting in Mayor Bryan Shock's absence.
Council meets next at 7:30 p.m. July11.