|Elida looking to create zoning ordinance plan|
|Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:55 AM|
BY CYNTHIA YAHNA
ELIDA — Mayor Kim Hardy filled Elida Village Council in on a proposed zoning ordinance comprehensive plan for the village. The plan will be used as a snapshot of the village for grant applications, etc.
“We have talked about it for five or so years and I have been in touch with Tom Mazur of the Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission who is in charge of devising a zoning ordinance to do a plan,” Hardy said. “He will do an overall view of what exists in the village: what is here now and plan towards the future. This is intense and detailed with such items as employee salaries, soil levels and people in the household, etc. This plan usually takes several months but we are trying to get it done in 5-6 weeks. The reason for doing this is for possible funding for the village in the future.”
Local resident Jackson Burklo had some concerns.
“I have lived here since 1976 and I have pictures of what the water department left in my yard and stayed there for two years. This has continued to sink down further each year as a deep hole,” Burklo said. “I was promised they would come back and fix it and I am still waiting.”
“I will follow up with Mr. Fessler to see what we can do for you, as the mayor, I will make sure it gets done,” Hardy said.
“Also, I am 76 years old and the condition of the water is not safe to drink,” Burklo continued. “I no longer drink the water but need to purchase bottled water and it becomes quite expensive. What is going to be done with the water situation?”
Hardy said the matter is being looked into.
“We are working with Lima water department and we have met with the EPA about our filtration. We have turned the situation over to an engineer to study who we hope will give us a stamp of approval to put in a different filtration system,” Hardy said. “It is a thorn in our side right now and all we can do is wait until the engineer gives us the report and what is needed.”
Burklo said he was losing patience.
“I am going to be back and talk to Mr. Liggett at the EPA office about this if nothing is going to be done,” said Burklo.
Hardy said the solutions take time and the village is working on a daily basis to keep the water approved.
“We did pass with the EPA this last quarter,” Hardy added.
Council member Marv Adams and Claude Paxton voiced their concern about the looping of the water lines, asking where the looping should take place and what would be the cost.
“We the council would like to have a report on the looping process. I think that is important that we know all the details,” Adams said.
Councilman Mike Sebenoler voiced his understanding of the process.
“In other words, one step at a time, the filtration, aeration and looping,” he said.
“When we can afford it we will go for it, right now our biggest hurdle is the cost and financing,” Hardy added.
Police Chief Dale Metzger reported about the Memorial Day Holiday – Click it or Ticket Campaign Kick-off event to be held on Friday during the 4 Wheel Jamboree at Allen County Fairgrounds.
This is to raise public awareness about the importance of seat belt use, local law enforcement, including the Allen County Sheriff’s office, Lima Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, will join drivers, promoters, friends, and fans of the Monster Truck Racing Association. This is to raise public awareness about the importance of wearing a seat belt – every time, every trip – day or night. In addition to the public awareness campaign, law enforcement agencies across the county, state, and nation will be conducting selective overtime enforcement.
The next village council meeting will be held on May 27 with a special meeting beginning at 7 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.