LAKEMORE Village council read legislation for the second time that will adjust the base rates for sewer for both residents and commercial users in the Lakemore during the Sept. 5 council meeting.
The rate increases, on an annual basis, are necessary because of the obligation to the city of Akron and for operating and future capital expenses, according to the council members. The village does contract with Akron for the transportation and treatment of sanitary sewage.
Councilman Chad lance said that sewer costs have been increased by the city. Therefore, it is necessary to increase village sewer rates. The legislation will be voted on for approval during the Sept. 18 meeting.
Fiscal Officer Tracy fast said the residential and commercial base sewer rate will be increased by $2 per month to total $91 per quarter for each residential and commercial unit. The effective date of the increase would be on the Oct. 1 bill.
Citizens on Preventive Patrol
During the meeting, volunteers for the new Citizens on Preventive Patrol (C.O.O.P) program with the Lakemore Police Department were sworn in by Mayor Rick Justice. They were Gloria Suzuki, Larry Kovach, Richard Lott and Emery Pittman.
Justice thanked the volunteers for stepping up and helping out and for all the years they have helped through the Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police (VASP).
Also, in police business, Damino Tassone II was promoted to part-time patrolman.
Overall, Justice said everything has been going well with the police department since it was brought back in June.
"They have been doing a great job," he said. "Our patrolmen have been wonderful at getting everything done. It is great seeing them back and in action."
Justice added that knows there will be an expense on the horizon with radio changes that the county is proposing.
Plaza road bid
Justice said the village is going to take bids for the work on the Lakemore Plaza road. He said the village will have it bid two ways: with the project being completed before winter and then with the project being completed in early spring.
"It is there, it is going to happen," Justice said. "We worked very hard on it. It was a tough thing to get three groups together, the plaza owners, the county and us. We all came to an agreement and put something that will work."
In other business, council:
- Accepted the resignations of firefighters James Paulus and Nicholas Alhassani. They have taken full time positions with other departments.
- Heard the first read of legislation which would authorize the village applying for 2018 funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The funds would be used to remount a 2006 ambulance.
- Heard from Justice that the village will receive a grant that will be used to finish the storm water work on Second Street.
- From 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 28, the Fire Department will hold its annual pancake breakfast at the Municipal Building followed by the annual Halloween party at 1 p.m. Trick or Treat will take place the same date from 5 to 7 p.m. Donations of candy are appreciated and can be dropped off at the Municipal Building during business hours. Council President Rich Cole said during the Trick or Treat time, a Trunk or Treat event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lakemore United Methodist Church, 1536 Flickinger Road.
- Lakemore United Methodist Church will host a Swiss steak dinner from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 16.
- Taste of Japan Dinner will be held Nov. 4 at Lakemore United Methodist Church with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Police Department's Share a Christmas Campaign. There are 80 tickets available with a cost of $25 per couple, $15 for an individual and $10 for children. The funds raised will purchase Christmas gifts for Lakemore children.
- A COPP raffle fundraiser is being held with tickets being $10 each. The prize is a family safety pack which has a Taser and pepper spray included.
- The Lakemore Lions Club has been working on the plans for a quarter auction set for Oct. 20. Details available at a later date.
The next regular council meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Sept. 18 at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main Street.