Ordinance would enforce park rules

By Mary Grzebieniak



Village council members gave first reading to a measure that would allow dog owners to be cited into Mayor’s Court for failing to clean up after their dogs in Welker Park.

The measure would add these and other park rules and regulations to the codified ordinance of the village, allowing them to be legally enforced.

Though current ordinances cover potential park infractions, such as vandalism and drunkenness, codification of the park regulations would make others, such as the dog regulation, enforceable. The measure needs two more readings to become law.

Also Monday, council unanimously renewed a school-resource officer agreement for another year with the Springfield School District with no changes to the contract. This means that Sgt. Kenneth Goist will again serve as SRO during the 2011-12 school year.

The school will continue to pay $220 a day toward Goist’s salary during the 180 days he works at the school. During the summer, Goist works full time for the village. The school’s contribution amounts to about half of Goist’s annual wages and benefits.

Council also accepted the lower of two quotes for replacing lighting at the village administration building, garage, and a portion of the fire station, with energy- efficient lighting.

Joe Dickey Electric of North Lima offered a price that comes to $1,370 after a $4,945 rebate offered by FirstEnergy. The village will have to pay the $6,315 cost up front, but included language in the motion to require the rebate as part of the purchase.

Fifty fluorescent lights will be replaced with low-watt strip lights. The move is expected to save $130 per month on electric bills, the lawmakers said.

Council also hired James Lewis as a regular part-time patrolman for the police department after his completion of a one-year probation.

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