Zoar Village Council settles with fire department

Zoar Village Council settles with fire department

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Following an executive session, Zoar Village Council reconvened on Aug. 9 to approve a settlement agreement with the Zoar Volunteer Fire Department allowing additional time for all fire department property to be removed. The village won a lawsuit regarding ownership of the building in July.

Zoar Mayor Scott Gordon said he plans to schedule a council work session to plan future uses of the building and asked the safety committee to determine the best entry security options. He also said he would like to have the village tornado siren connected to the county 911 system.

In the remainder of his report to council, Gordon said work currently being conducted on the levee should be complete by October. The trench portion is nearly complete, and work on the filter blanket and grading the final elevation is underway.

This supports statements made by Nathan White, an archaeologist with the Army Corps, in his July update. The tops of relief wells will remain exposed but only by a few feet above ground.

This does not mean the levee is completely repaired, however. According to White, underground pipes and a pump will be installed to carry excess water in the soil to the pumping station in spring 2023.

Gordon also said around 200 runners will go through Zoar as part of the Tuscazoar 100 race on Sept. 3. He also said the “Love Tusc” Tusc Art Sculpture Tour has raised $34,000 so far. He is working with Jon Elsasser and Tammi Shrum of the Zoar Community Association regarding the location for the sculpture.

Council reports

Fiscal officer Patty Smith said she spoke with the county engineer and Barbicas Construction regarding an overage of $2,962 on the 2022 paving contract. She said the overage stems from paving an additional 100 feet on Second Street and adding curbing at the catch basin, as well as additional asphalt needed for Seventh Street. Council approved using money from the street fund to pay the additional cost.

Street commissioner David Irwin said a fire hydrant on Seventh Street has been taken out of service for repairs. The problem was discovered during a recent hydrant flushing.

Safety committee chair Tom Klingaman said he is continuing to work with David Hayes, village zoning officer, and the planning commission to finalize the documents needed to adopt the International Zoning Code.

Council President Gayle Potelicki said the planning commission is moving forward with proposed ordinance changes for review by Doug Frautschy, village solicitor. The final zoning ordinance should be ready for passage after a public hearing within the next two months.

In other matters

Councilman Mark Gaynor said the home on the corner of Second and Park streets formerly owned by the Stull family will be auctioned on Aug. 27.

Councilman Joe Potelicki briefed council on options for insuring the fire station building through the Public Entities Pool of Ohio. He said one option will provide full replacement coverage for $2,127 per year, one to provide actual cash value for $1,864 annually and one for functional cost replacement costing $724 per year.

Joe Potelicki recommended the functional cost replacement option as the building is a cinder block construction with an appraised value of $173,000. Council approved the option.

Bolivar Fire Chief Shawn Lynch invited the public to attend a push-in ceremony for its new Quint Ladder truck. The date has been set for Saturday, Aug. 20 from 4-6 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Council plans to hold its Sept. 13 meeting at the fire station at 6 p.m.