SYRACUSE — Updates on the village’s finances were an essential part of discussion this past Thursday evening at the Syracuse council meeting.
Grants Administrator Fred Hoffman shared updates on projects in the works. The Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) Water Projects was ranked third in necessity behind two projects, giving it a score of 425. The knowledge of the funding will not be known until the first part of December. The gas station on 2586 3rd Street, which was part of a statewide service station cleanup project, underwent additional testing on the outside of the property to check for the release of petroleum underground. The tests were below permitted levels. Reports for the EPA and BUSTR are in the process of being prepared; thus, the project should be resolved in a timely manner. In the case of the shelter house project, Eber Pickens is finalizing the blue prints for Hoffman by finding estimates for the electrical costs.
In other business, the Buckley Group Proposal that warrants projects to receive special engineering was reviewed. Council member David Poole questioned the need for sand and gravel in the flood way. Mayor Eric Cunningham informed him there is no need for sand and gravel in said area, only the shelter house needs done. Poole is going to write up an amended proposal and will contact the engineers about the changes. Cunningham had a quote of $2,625 from Rose’s excavating service which will add an updated drainage system for the park to reduce flooding. However, fresh mulch will be necessary once the drainage system is completed. Council member Rhonda Rathburn makes a motion to approve the $2,625 needed for the drainage system and the council conferred. Rathburn made a separate motion to approve purchase of mulch within budget and the council approved.
Fiscal Officer Crystal Cottrill informed the council about the Ohio Check book being view able online after full council approval is given. Rathburn made a motion to approve a request for an amended certificate from the county auditor reflecting the $63,850 AFG grant and $78,201.20 Abandoned Gas Station grant and the council approved. Eber Pickens made a motion of approval to pay off the pick-up truck the fire department purchased and the council approved. Cottrill scheduled a finance committee meeting for Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. to further discuss the recent financial updates.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.