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Sanitary sewer rules have first reading by Salineville council

SALINEVILLE — After both village council and the board of public affairs getting a chance to review them, council had a first reading last week of new sanitary sewer rules for residents.

The rules contain requirements for hook ups to the system, regulations regarding contractors tapping in, repairs and having only one structure per connection. Further, the rules talk about abandoned sewer lines, downspouts not being connected to the sewer lines and keeping access open to manholes and lines.

Additionally, the new rules contain the penalty of a fourth-degree misdemeanor for anyone violating the ordinance with an additional charge daily for violations.

Mayor Linda Adams said the new rules are what the BPA has been doing in practice, but this puts everything into legislation. Council is expected to address the matter for a second reading at the next regular meeting on Sept. 21.

In other matters:

— Adams brought up the concerns of Halloween and what the plan may be depending on COVID-19 at the time the holiday arrives. After talking with the band director, Adams said they will not be able to have the regular parade because the band marches too closely together. Council did not make a decision, but is expected to look at it again closer to the event.

–Adams said she would like to thank everyone involved in the Maple Hill project, which included American Electric Power and the county engineer’s office. The Issue Two money used for the project saved the village a lot of money and the project turned out very well.

— Council voted to pay to get new tie rod ends for the plow truck installed and have it aligned prior to it being needed for the upcoming winter.

— Adams reported to council that the County Landbank has reported all but two of the properties council submitted this year for them to consider have been put on the foreclosure list. One of the properties on Jefferson Street does not meet the requirements because it has a trailer located there. The owner got the taxes up-to-day for another property.

— Although council has been holding their meetings online, Adams reminded residents if they have anything they would like to say to council they can submit a letter prior to 5 p.m. the day of the meeting in the box at village hall.

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