SALINEVILLE - At Tuesday's meeting of the Salineville Village Council, a check presented to the village as part of a class action lawsuit settlement sparked discussion of how best that money could be utilized.
The $5,079.33 check was presented to the council by village solicitor Andy Beech who filed a claim on behalf of the village several months ago.
The check stems from the Atrazine class action lawsuit: City of Greenville vs Syngenta Crop Protection. The 105 million dollar class action settlement was awarded to roughly1,000 municipalities whose water systems were effected by Atrazine, according to Beech.
Atrazine is a commonly used herbicide. Salineville qualified for the settlement by conducting tests to prove their water system had been affected.
The council eventually voted to put the money from the settlement check into the general fund, however, alternative uses for the money were suggested, including putting the money toward a new police cruiser, suggested by councilmen Rick Beadle.
"We are, as of right now, in a dire situation with police cruisers. They're going to be off the grid pretty quickly," said Beadle.
Mayor Smith suggested that the village first get rid of a cruiser that is no longer operational and "no longer being utilized."
When contacted, Salineville Police Chief Terry McElroy commented that his department's cruisers all have around 138,000 miles on them and some are beginning to have transmission issues.
He cited deteriorating equipment and the need for a fulltime police force as reasons the village needs to pass a new police levy.
The council proceeded with the second step of having a 3-mil police placed on the ballot in May by passing Resolution 002-2013: to order in legislation declaring the amount of taxes that may be raised by a levy at the minimum rate authorized by law without a vote of the electors to be insufficient in declaring the necessity of a levy in excess of such rate.
The council previously passed Resolution 001-2013: to request that the county auditor certify certain tax valuation information in anticipation of levying a tax in excess of the 10-mil limitation. A 5-mil police levy failed in 2010 and again in 2011.
In other business:
*Council approved payment of bills totaling: $16,0183.39
* Mayor Smith reported the village ended the year in the black.
*Council approved Ordinance 002-2013:Village approved sale of street sweeper. Issue had been tabled due to debate about whether or not it should be sold. Jim Howdershelt, Tom Hayes, Zeb Locklear voted no. Sally Keating, Rick Beadle, Craig Roberts voted yes. Mayor Smith broke tie voting yes.
*Council discussed gas card for police cruisers after midnight when gas stations in village close. Councilmen Craig Roberts said "There's two locally owned businesses that sell gas, so we need to use them both. Police want gas cards in case they run low on gas after gas stations hours.
*Mrs. Pike, from the Humane Society, plans on being at village hall on Feb 4 at 8 p.m. She will speak about animal cruelty and present a short presentation on how village council and village ordinance interacts with humane society. Concerns over animal cruelty within the village prompted the visit from Pike.
*Mayor Smith thanked council members who turned in minutes from committee meetings. She questioned Rick Beadle about why he has not turned in minutes. "Do you know when you can get them (minutes) to me?" said Smith. "I told you from the beginning that if you wanted minutes you can get them yourself, because I wasn't going to do it," said Beadle, adding, "I have no minutes for the meeting, so I'm non-compliant." The mayor informed Beadle that it is the responsibility of committee member to prepare their minutes and give them to the fiscal officer for filing.
*Article titled "Council upset with new time clocks" incorrectly stated that Rick Beadle is President Pro Tempe of Salineville Village Council. While Beadle is the former president, as of Jan. 1, Sally Keating is council president.