The new rules for use of Welker Park now have the force of law thanks to village council.
Council passed a third and final reading Monday night on an ordinance that now allows violators of park rules to be cited into Mayor’s Court for offenses such as starting fires other than small grilling or fireplace fires, gambling, not cleaning up after one’s pet, selling items, riding an all-terrain vehicle in the park or being in the park after hours.
There are numerous other park rules against a host of violations such as fireworks, vandalism, fighting, smoking and others, many of them already covered by village ordinances. Village officials said the new legislation deals with offenses which are not already covered.
Penalties for the minor misdemeanors are up to a $100 for the first offense. Subsequent offenses would be third-degree misdemeanors and could result in a $500 fine and 60 days in jail.
Also, council gave a first reading to a measure to extend current contracts with the village’s four full-time police officers until the end of the year to give them time to see whether the 2-mill police levy passes in November and what the village’s financial situation will be.
Three of the contracts expire at the end of August and one at the end of November.
Council also learned that another conditional-use permit hearing will be set for Gary Dinger, who said he is losing his lease for his used-car lot at Calla Road and state Route 170. He wants to move his business to the former Flowers and Company Building on Route 170.
A motion to grant a conditional-use permit died for lack of a second when the village’s Board of Zoning Appeals recently met. Village Solicitor Jeffrey Heintz said, however, the board must take an action one way or another. Once the board makes a decision, it can be appealed to Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. He said the Board of Zoning Appeals must have another meeting and take another vote on the request. The hearing will be advertised.
Fiscal Officer Carl Flitcraft Jr. said he received word from the state that the village will lose about $5,000 in Local Government Fund and Tangible Personal Property Tax Replacement Funds this year.