BYESVILLE, Ohio -- Byesville Village Council heard many proposed changes to the village's water ordinances at Wednesday night's meeting.
Meeting prior to Wednesday night's Byesville Village Council meeting, the Legislative Committee met with Village Administrator Brennan Dudley, who went over a number of proposed changes. Since much of the information was new to Council members, Dudley said he expected no immediate action on any of the proposals, but hoped to have many items in place by the end of the year. Some of the proposed changes include increasing tap on fees, including different rates for residents inside or outside of the village, and changes to the waterline extension ordinance. Dudley also is proposing changes to the way water bills are handled. He also asked Council to again look at the monthly billing cycle plan. Other changes or additions being considered is an ordinance requiring any residence within the village to be connected to the village water system, and setting a rate for the purchase of potable water. Byesville already has in place a rate to purchase non-potable water.
Wednesday night's village Council meeting opened with a discussion between Council, village solicitor William Ferguson and a number of residents from the area of Indian Hills Drive. For some time officials have voiced concerns over the condition of the road in the subdivision, which, while the homes are in the village, the road is not. Residents voiced concerns about the deteriorating condition of the road, who actually is responsible for it, and what can be done. Village Solicitor William Ferguson says the road was never brought up to specifications by the developer, and is considered, essentially, a private drive way, and by law, untouchable by the village.
He suggested the residents consider legal action against the developer or have the road brought up to code, assessing the residents for the cost. Village Administrator Brennan Dudley said current estimates to bring Indian Hill Rd up to code would be around $50,000.
There was also questions on a section Sequioa Drive, and if it was indeed a part of the village. Officials say they believe it is, but will check, and report back at the next Council meeting.
A village resident, who's home on Watson Ave recently burned, addessed Council. Nancy Parsons thanked the Byesville Police and Fire Department for their quick response and for all of their efforts on August 30. She then talked with Council concerning a misunderstanding about the required permits and fees to demolish the home, It was reported that the CDC has offered to raze the structure within the next 30 days. Officials voiced concerns about rehabilitation of the lot after demolition, but felt that all was in place for the permit to be issued, and the process to begin.
During his report to Council, Village Administrator Brennan Dudley reported that Byesville's Bulk Water Station will be closed next week, Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, for repairs.
He also noted that there are a number of roofing contractors currently working in the village. Residents are urged to make sure they are dealing with a reputable company, and that they have registered with the village as required by law.
Dudley also reported that crews have recently conducted repairs to the 7th Street and 209 lift stations. Each was almost rendered inoperable due to large amounts of grease. Residents are urged to not dispose of grease down your drains. Dudley adds, "just because it's gone from your view, doesn't mean it's gone."
Brad Dudley of the Village Zoning Commission and Council discussed a request to vacate a number of alleys' in and around the Fari-Form plant. At the request of the company's title company, some alleys' which actually run through the facility, have never been officially closed. Officials say they need to study the matter further, and will take action as soon as Council's next meeting.
Mayor Ray Watson announced that Trick or Treat in Byesville will be Thursday October 31 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The village's annual Halloween parade will follow at 7 pm, with line up at 6:30 p.m.