By Susan Hartley
February 19, 2014
By Heather Canan
For the Daily Call
BRADFORD — The Bradford City Council met at 7 p.m. Feb. 13, with nine community members in attendance as well as all five council members, engineer Brice Schmitmeyer, Brenda Selanders and Rick Looker.
Selanders let the board members know that the city is still working under a temporary budget. They are still waiting for Gettysburg’s fourth quarter payment. When she called to see why they were late, she was told that the clerk had quit and that there was a temporary clerk in place and they are trying to get caught up. They still owe Bradford $12,000-$15,000 for the use of the Bradford sewage systems.
Weldy next took questions from the floor. Jim Wysong represented the Pumpkin Show committee requesting the use of streets, use of a building from 12:01 a.m., Oct. 6-13, and to have fees waived as they have in the past. He also said that after last year’s Pumpkin Show that the committee had Cruse Lawn Care come in and spray the park to help the grass grow. All board members voted to allow the use of the streets, and to waive fees.
A representative of the Vineyard Fellowship Church at 701 N. Miami, made a request to use the property behind the building across the street for more parking. Technically there is an alley located there but it isn’t used as one. Layman makes a motion to vacate the alley in order for it to be used for fellowship parking. Wirrig wanted to be sure that the neighboring property owners were in agreement and wanted signatures. Motion was passed and carried.
Pastor Dan Scalf represented the Church of Brethren on Oakwood Street. The church has been having sewage issues ever since the new line was put in. Scalf has looked into options on how to fix this issue but wanted to know who was in charge of the bill. From first estimates, it would cost nearly $10,000 to get the problem fixed. Engineer Brice Schmitmeyer explained that when they went through there, they were able to tie in one line from the church but the second line was too deep. In reality the village paid for the first tie in and it is a private lateral. Looker and Schmitmeyer have looked into CHIP funding and said there is no grant money available. Schmitmeyer was looking into Habitat for Humanity to see if they could offer any type of help and is going to get the number to Scalf. Scalf said he will continue to get quotes for a possible lift station or a gravity feed line. The issue was tabled until more information could be collected.
Bill Favorite wanted to know what the ordinance was for parking your car on your property. He wanted to know if you were allowed to park in the grass on your front yard. From what he could gather all cars needed to be parked on paved ground. Looker felt the ordinance did need looking at and clarified. Weldy said this would be taken to the ordinance committee for further review.
Looker asked for approval of a letter he needs to send to the EPA for an extension to comply with their time schedule to have everything completed with the new sewage system. With all the recent snow and rain it has caused flooding on the south side of town. In order to manage it they need to reopen one of the CSO systems to help with back flow. He has talked with neighboring towns and they have also had to reconnect old CSOs so it is a common problem. Schmitmeyer said that the rain and snow that has caused this is very rare and that its hard to account for something that rarely happens. They discussed making the drain larger in the retention pond.
Looker also sent a recommendation to the board to change zoning to allow properties that have second and third floors into properties as long as there are safe entrances and parking. If a current owner sells the property it would have to be taken back to the zoning board. Otherwise current owners would be grandfathered in. This issue will also be taken to the zoning board.
Looker also asked for a release of funds to continue work on the offices at the new sewage plant. Motion was passed and carried to allow a $4,000 expense to start the service box and heating and cooling units.
Engineer Schmidtmeyer let village know that he did get the easement to move ahead with the Stitcher street project. He also suggested the village apply for a new income survey.