By Heather Canan
For the Daily Call
BRADFORD — A Bradford resident questioned the village’s contract with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office for police protection, asking council to look into whay they are paying for police protection in comparison with another county village.
Bill Favorite, community member, was the first to speak during last Thursday’s regular village council meeting, questioning past contracts with the sheriff’s department. He noted that Pleasant Hill has a smaller population than Bradford and their contract with the sherriff’s office is $30,000. Last year, Bradford paid $163,000 to the sheriff’s department. That was for 17 hours a day protection with $10,000 going toward fuel costs. Favorite would like the council to look into the difference in contracts between towns. He also feels that Bradford is being sent rookie cops that don’t know what they are doing and doesn’t appreciate them sitting in parking lots for hours with the gas running. He suggested they stay in the city building and take calls.
Weldy informed that he and Rick Looker were scheduled to meet with Chief Deputy Dave Duchak Monday.
Council then went into executive session, returning to finish the meeting.
Rick Looker updated everyone on what is going on with the inflow at the new sanitary facility. They are having issues with the lift station over filling. With the new plant set up, they were to close all old CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) systems. But with all the unusual snow and rain this year the system cannot keep up. It is not an issue with something being wrong, Looker said that the facility can handle 99 percent of what we get but keeping it going non-stop is where the back water comes into play. If one of the CSO units is reopened, the overflow problem will remedy itself. But in the long run, usage of one CSO needs to eliminated. Looker is hoping to find a remedy to this situation with in a year. The compliance list is to be completed and reviewed.
Next, Looker is to complete and send out letters to residents. He believes there may be about 300 properties that have issues with their sanitary systems, including down spouts and harder to fix sewer lines. These connections into the city’s systems need fixed. But he wants property owners to know that there is financial help available to qualified assistance. Village treasurer, Brenda Selanders, says to not take it for granted that you are not qualified. The fact is, you may very well be and the worth the paper work to look into it. The grant that applies is the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP). Be sure to apply in the correct county. If you live in Darke County, apply there. Same goes for Miami County residents.
Looker said that it cost $2,008.68 to fix the village’s dump truck. The mechanic said that it may have a possible engine problem. Looker plans to have it diagnostically tested.
He also said that the village has used 75 tons of salt and was expecting another 25 tons to be delivered.
Residents on the north side of Grandview have had sewer issues for at least four years running. The village has already agreed to let them hookup to the village sewage system. The Miami County Health Department wants to know the status of this project. The issue was brought to the the Darke County Health Department four years ago. Weldy said that at the last Darke County Mayors meeting it was stated that they are one step closer to finishing the Grandview Drive issue. There seems to be frustration with how slow this process advances.
Selanders stated that most of the village funds were down going into 2014, but that property taxes were stable.