LAKEMORE  A first read on an ordinance to increase sewer rates was on the agenda during the July 17 Lakemore Council meeting.

The rate ordinance will be read again at the Sept. 5 and again at the Sept. 18 meetings prior to a vote for approval. The ordinance states that the village foresees a need to change the rate structure to calculate and charge for water and sewer services. The city of Akron has raised the rates which falls back on the village. The last bill from Akron was more than $100,000. The base rate increase is necessary in order to meet operating expenses, debt obligation and capital reserve needs.

The rate increase would begin with billing beginning Oct. 1. The cost will be increased by $2 a month, making the quarterly cost $91 for each residential and commercial unit.

Road conditions

Residents Edward Bailey and Rosalita Polio asked about poor road conditions on Elmer and Church streets. Mayor Rick Justice said he would take a look at the conditions. He explained as far as Church Street, the village is patching potholes, but there is no money to continue the repaving of the road. Some repaving had been completed previously.

Councilman Josh Timko said the village's goal with the income tax increase on the ballot is to take care of the roads.

"We are doing the best with the money we have now," said Councilman Rich Cole. The tax increase failed by a narrow margin on the May ballot. They have reworded it for the November ballot so that it clearly states that the dollars collected would be used for nothing but the roads.

Other business, council:

- Included a resolution to verify blanket purchase orders approved through the village's purchase order policy for the third quarter of the year.

- Passed a resolution to hire Matthew Ganska as a commissioned, unpaid, reserve officer with the Lakemore Police Department.

- Approved a resolution authorizing the Mayor Rick Justice to approve an agreement with the CT Consultants for engineering work for the plaza private drive reconstruction. CT Consultants will provide engineering services related to the survey and final design and construction observation and construction administration of the private drive.

- Approved an ordinance amending previous ordinances regulating household sewage disposal systems and prohibiting the discharge of effluent from septic tanks, sanitary sewer lines or systems, cesspools or any other sewage disposal systems and providing a penalty. The ordinance addresses downspouts and drains, discharge criteria for fats, oils and grease and penalties.

- Heard from councilman Chad Lance, who said the village received a community garden grants and was able to purchase the needed supplies to add to the site including new gardens, compost bins, benches and flowers will be planted. There are eight gardeners using the 15 garden beds. 

Save the dates

- A free movie night and ice cream social will be held by the Lakemore United Methodist Church at Dodds Park Aug. 5. The movie, "The Shack," begins at 9 p.m. and ice cream will be served before it begins.

- Beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 12, Springfield Cares will holds its backpack and school supply give away at the Municipal Building, and Lakemore Fire Department will be providing refreshments.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Sept. 5.