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Thursday, September 05, 2013 5:41 PM

By BILL SHERRY • Correspondent

PAULDING – Paulding Village Council met Tuesday, Sept. 3. The bimonthly council meeting that was held a day later than normal due to Monday being the Labor Day holiday.

Council President Roger Sierer told council that there had been vandalism at LaFountain Park and that it happens almost every year following the summer season.

Sierer stated, “This year we have spent over $1,000 taking care of the normal wear and tear around the park and now we have to go back and fix broken things and clean up the bad words and graffiti on the walls.”

Sierer told council that the Paulding Police Department is involved in the problem and everyone is reminded that LaFountain Park is closed from dusk to dawn and anyone caught in the park when it is closed can be charged with trespassing.

Council agreed to the dusk-to-dawn closing of LaFountain Park in their Sept. 17, 2007 meeting due to vandalism and in that same meeting asked anyone living near the park to report any suspicious activity to the police.

Sierer stated, “We are going to catch them or the park will have to be closed; a couple of people are making it bad for everyone.”

Village solicitor Mike Jones advised council that he had some concerns regarding Resolution 1282-13, which was unanimously passed at the last council meeting. This resolution authorized a cooperative fishing agreement with the State of Ohio and authorized Mayor Greg White to sign the agreement.

Jones stated that the first concern was that the cooperative agreement with the State of Ohio ODNR would allow the use of boats on the reservoir that have gasoline motors and this may cause some water quality problems. Village administrator Harry Wiebe told council that the use of gasoline motors on boats on the reservoir was not allowed and the only type of motor that was allowed is an electric motor.

The second concern with the agreement was that zebra mussels could get into the reservoir from boats used in Lake Erie and then used on the reservoir. The concern was that if this happened, the zebra mussels would plug the water intake system of the water treatment plant. Jones told council that he had left a message concerning the zebra mussel issue with the ODNR, but had received no response.

There was some table talk concerning the fact that the small boats and canoes used on the reservoir would not be large enough to be used on Lake Erie.

Council agreed to proceed with the cooperative fishing agreement with the ODNR as it was passed at the last council meeting.

A recreation committee meeting was scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Lela McGuire Jeffery Park to discuss planting some trees and getting soccer field(s) set up as part of the park.

Officials learned that no bids have been received for sale of the vacant lot where the Hotel Barnes had been located.

Council heard the second reading of Ordinance 1467-13, repealing Ordinance 1268-02 in its entirety and restricting the use of snowmobiles, four-wheelers and all purpose vehicles in the village.

Council heard the first reading of an ordinance that would allow the mayor or administrator to apply for a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission.

Council and area residents are reminded that Paulding County Senior Center will sponsor a car show noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 on the square.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16.