Russia Council addresses water connection requests


By Christopher Bulfinch - For the Sidney Daily News



RUSSIA — The Russia Village Council discussed rezoning during its Feb. 13 meeting for both Tom Garriety’s home expansion and Voisard Tool.

Council also discussed a small re-paving project and the purchase of a new vehicle for the village.

Resident Tom Garriety is expanding his house and needs another connection to the town’s water system. The issue was introduced at January’s meeting. An annexation is required for the project, which Garriety will pay for, in addition to the “tap-in fees.”

Council had “made some headway” in discussion with Voisard Tool about tapping into the town water system. Determining that the company could attract up to 45 jobs, the town is considering paying two-thirds of the cost of the project, which is estimated to be around $170,000.

A motion passed to assess the engineering for the project, with a second motion passed approving an engineering analysis for re-paving.

Council considered purchasing a new truck for village use. The current truck has 22,000 miles on its odometer and will net $10,000 to trade in for a new vehicle. A new truck would have a stainless steel bed, addressing one of the primary weaknesses of the current vehicle, considering the rust that has accumulated.

The council mentioned a need for updated street lighting. New poles will cost $1,000, and new fixtures will be $600.

The flag proposed by local resident for the village was unanimously adopted by the council. The first flag will cost $129.

By Christopher Bulfinch

For the Sidney Daily News

This writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.

This writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.