BETHESDA — Fiscal Officer Burkhead informed council July 11 that the audit is complete. There are a few adjustment and re-classifications that will be made.

They have to create a permissive tax fund so that the state vehicle license can be put in there. Mike Murphy made a motion to create Fund 2101 Permissive Motor Vehicle License Tax Fund, seconded by Shaun Bruce. Motion passed.

Burkhead asked for council to make a motion to approve the transfer of $5,000 from General to Street Fund to be able to make the permissive license tax audit adjustment. Grant Williams made a motion to approve the transfer, seconded by Mike Murphy. Motion passed.

Burkhead asked for approve for the transfer of $5,000 from the General Fund to the Police Fund for daily operations. Grant Williams made a motion to approve the transfer, seconded by Shaun Bruce. Motion passed. Burkhead said he has to file an amended certificate of $15,000 for the police fund to allow him to spend more of the money. Shaun Bruce made a motion to approve the amended certificate, seconded by Dan Scott. Motion passed.

Burkhead presented a fire contract for Goshen Township for July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2022, where Belmont Fire Department will receive half of their fire levy money. Lorie Grob made a motion to approve the contract renewal, seconded by Shaun Bruce. Motion passed. 

Solicitor TJ Schultz informed council that the Belmont Correctional Institute has a program (inmate work force) where judges can reduce prison sentences by offering community service work for a day. Mayor Sobel said the details are still being worked out on how it will work. Mayor Sobel said some of the things that they do are mowing, weed eating, garbage collection, etc. Mayor Sobel asked council if this is anything Belmont would be interested in. Dan Scott said he would be in favor of it as long as there are no dangerous people working. Mayor Sobel said it would only include people who have been screened. Schultz said Belmont Mills has asked for council to vacate an alley that is between two buildings on their property. He showed council where the alley is located. Mike Murphy made a motion to vacate the old alley pending the board of public affairs approval of no utility lines, seconded by Grant Williams. Motion passed.

Schultz presented Ordinance 2019-5 which is the Bartels annexation for the second reading. Mike Murphy made a motion to declare this evening the second reading of Ordinance 2019-5, seconded by Dan Scott. Motion passed. 

Schultz presented Ordinance 2019-6 which is the regulation of dumping on village owned property for the first reading. Shaun Bruce made a motion to approve the first reading, seconded by Mike Murphy. Motion passed. Schultz presented Ordinance 2019-7 which regulates the use of village owned recycle bins for the first reading. Lorie Grob made a motion to declare tonight the first reading, seconded by Shaun Bruce. Motion passed. Schultz presented Ordinance 2019-8 which regulates the use of engine brakes within the village corporation limits. After discussion, this will be tabled until next meeting.

Kaye Hall informed council that there were two fire calls and 16 squad calls of which nine were billable and four transports. She said they received a grant for $4,243 for EMS equipment and supplies. Hall said the $24,000 State Fire Marshall Grant was turned down. She said the engine and tankers were tested and all passed testing. Hall said Bob wanted her to ask permission from council to purchase a new ambulance. Hall said the 2003 ambulance would be sold or given away. She said a fully stocked ambulance would cost around $230,000. Hall said it would take 10-12 months to have the ambulance built. She said they would put money down on it and issue bonds for the remainder balance. Hall said the fire department is also going to seek donations and hold fund raisers. After discussion, Mayor Sobel suggested that they hold a fire committee meeting with Bob to discuss the purchase. Shaun Bruce made a motion to allow the fire department to begin the process of getting information and quotes for a new ambulance, seconded by Grant Williams. Bruce asked Kaye why we don’t have our equipment fixed locally. Hall said she takes them to Kreuger Ford because they are good with diesel engines. Bruce said he would like to see us use local companies.

Hall said the fire department would like to pay off the bonds for the ambulance. Lorie Grob made a motion to pay off the bonds which is around $10,500, seconded by Mike Murphy. Motion passed.

Mayor Sobel said Miles and Nancy Witchey are Belmont School alumni. Miles graduated in 1948 and Nancy in 1953. Miles has donated $250 and would like it to go to the cemetery fund in the memory of Jim Parker.

Mayor Sobel said the bid package for the abatement and demolition of the Belmont School should be sent to the papers in the next 3-4 weeks. Mayor Sobel said the Land Bank is in the process of having the specs drawn up which should be done in the next couple of weeks. Mayor Sobel said he has invited Kathy Kelich and Tim Hall to the next meeting.

Mayor Sobel said the two pavilions at the park are having new roofs put on them and that project is nearly complete.

Mayo Sobel said they are moving forward with an OPWC Grant to repave some of our roads. Ben from CT Consultants said the project that they are looking at is a $500,000 project with $125,000 matching funds. Ben stated that the proposal is a two phase project which includes drainage and paving. Ben stated that he would conduct a drainage study and look at what needs done to fix drainage on Jefferson Street. Mayor Sobel said they want to target the streets where we will get the best results for our money. The cost of the engineering and study would cost $18,000 up front.

Mayor Sobel said Thompson Road had major repairs done to it. A ditcher and an operator were rented from Belmont Mills and 38 tons of stone was put on the road. Mayor Sobel said Jake Tacosik has requested that more work be done to the road. Dan Scott said they use that road for our wells and it sucks that that people live out that road but he won’t stop until the road is completely fixed.

Mayor Sobel said mayor’s court had three citations last month. Mayor Sobel said this past month there were two burials at the cemetery.

Mayor Sobel said they need a social media policy for the village employees. Burkhead said he will get an example for council to look at.