Quincy residents to vote on aggregation of electric levy

Staff report

QUINCY — Village residents will be voting on aggregation of electric at the polls on Nov. 8.

Affordable Gas and Electric (AGE) was present to discuss the issue at a public hearing held prior to the start of the council meeting on Oct. 25.

The aggregation will allow residents to participate in a bulk buy of electric service to obtain the lowest electric rates for all interested in the village of Quincy. A majority of the vote must be received by voters prior to anyone being allowed to participate in the lower rates. Everyone is encouraged to vote on Nov. 8, 2016, and residents were reminded this is an optional service that helps everyone save money. For more information about the levy, contact the village of Quincy office at 937-585-5314.

Citizens are reminded that trash and debris put out at the curb is for collection of trash haulers and should not be placed out any sooner than 24 hours prior to pick up and containers removed

after collection. Those violating this law will be notified.

The Quincy Apostolic Temple held a Fall Festival on Oct. 22, 2016 at the Quincy Community Building. Candy was passed out with a trunk or treat as well as games, a chili cook off,

and many other activities.

Council was informed about the new 211 system that has been put in place in Logan County. This service is a 24hour a day, 365 days a year service to help anyone with locating local services, medical needs, and other needed services to the citizens in Logan County.

It was determined that a letter and pamphlet will be passed out to homes in the village explaining the AGE program in order to help everyone understand the program.

Council was advised that the need of meters in the village of Quincy was not a mandated law in the Ohio Revised Code and the recent rate increase was done as a base rate and will fund the new well, filtration, a new water line replacement, and maintenance of the current system.

A resolution was approved to submit an application for funding with the Ohio Public Works Commission to replace a water line that is crumbling on Jefferson Street.

A skin patch project was completed in the village at a cost of $8,900. Funding for the project will be requested from the Logan County Commissioners from a fund being held for all villages in Logan County.

A $200 donation was received from Heath Farms for use of a field at the Joint Sewer Plant. This donation is shared between the village of Quincy and the village of DeGraff and is applied to the Riverside Scholarship awarded each year by both villages.

During the Oct. 11 council meeting, a resident was present to revisit the issue with the storm sewer drainage problem on Canby Street. Council has submitted an application for funding but has not heard anything at this time. The matter is on the agenda due to not only problems on Canby Street but on state Route 235 areas and others in the Village. The current storm drains are old and crumbling and filling with dirt and debris causing back up of rain water into properties.

An issue with a tree on Liberty Street was discussed. Dayton Power & Light will be contacted because of the location of the power lines.

The Church of Christ and Christian Union sent a representative to discuss the current proposed water rate increase. The usage and attendance at the church does not compare to many residents usage in the village including swimming pools and larger families. The church expressed an across the table increase for everyone when some are using unlimited water at the same rate as smaller consumers and due to this fact everyone is charged the rate increase. They suggested the use of meters to determine fair usage of water in the village.

Due to the small size of the village and cost to install meters and pay someone to read them the council feels at this time it would not be possible. A suggestion that it is illegal not to have meters was presented and possible legal action could be taken to force installation meters was presented.

Council discussed with the zoning officer the issuance of two building permits and the construction of a 70-foot communication tower with an antenna by the CSX railroad. Zoning information will be reviewed. Council also discussed the condition of the railroad crossing at the CSX crossing on state Route 235. Council was made aware of the need to repair the crossing for smoother passage.

The third and final reading of the ordinance to increase the water rate from $20.50 per month to $25.50 per month was presented and passed. The increase will go into effect Dec. 1, 2016 with the first bill reflecting the increase starting with the January 2017 billing. The new total of the water and sewer billing will be $75 per month.

Concern was expressed about semi trucks using Mill Street during problem times on state Route 235. Ordinances are in place to prevent this type of problem and drivers can be cited when using village streets to get around a state Route 235 closure. Damage to property, danger to residents and hardship on the streets are concerns of council.

Council’s next meeting will be Nov. 8.

Staff report