RAYLAND - A grant for the purchase of equipment for the Rayland Volunteer Fire Department recently drew the attention of Village Council.
Mayor Tammy Morelli announced the department has been selected to receive a $10,000 grant from the state fire marshal's office, and it must be used for protective clothing, self-contained breathing apparatus and miscellaneous equipment. The village, which is co-applicant for the grant, is the check recipient and will oversee the equipment purchases.
Morelli told Fire Chief Jim Doughty that nothing has changed regarding village finances and the quarterly payment of $1,250 cannot be paid by the village to the department at this time.
Fiscal officer Rick Soos asked Doughty if the department would be willing to accept a private donation in lieu of the payment and in satisfaction of the village's obligation under the contract, and the fire chief answered affirmatively.
Soos also reported he talked with Allen Smith of the Eastern Ohio Utica Group regarding the possible sale or lease of the village's gas rights. Smith conducted a parcel search and determined the village owns 5.495 acres that may be available for gas sale/leasing.
The fiscal officer also said he had asked Smith about gas rights under village streets, and the Utica official said the group is investigating the idea of including public streets and alleyways for leasing but has not been able to confirm this due to rights of way and possible mineral rights transactions that may have occurred prior to the platting of the town.
Council decided not to enter into a marketing agreement with the Utica group at this time.
In other matters, Soos said approximately one-third of the village's 2012 insurance premium has been paid, but the village still owes $4,778.94 for the 2012 insurance and $4,366.90 for a previous year.
Village Administrator Rich Bibbo reported Rayland has been approved for a $1,000 grant from the JB Green Team to be used for recycled rubber mulch to be placed around playground equipment at Mazeroski Park.
Also, Bibbo said the village received a payment from the insurance company for the repair of the Warren pump station as well as a $2,000 allotment from Jefferson County for street repair and maintenance material.
Noting a large pine tree in Veterans Park was removed because its size was creating problems, Bibbo said a new tree will be planted in the near future to replace it.
He also reported that as of May 4, Bob Zanes, who was street foreman, no longer works for the village, and Troy Adamson was hired as foreman.
Councilman Roger Beck recently attended a Community Development Block Grant meeting, as the village has been selected to receive CDBG funds for sidewalks on the west side of Main Street.
Noting Rayland, Adena and Richmond are all planning sidewalk projects, Morelli said possibly, the same private engineer could be employed by the trio to reduce engineering costs.
Beck, who reported Jefferson County is establishing a countywide port authority, said Rayland resident Greg Nemeth was nominated to serve on the board.
The councilman also said there is a lot of speeding in the village, especially on Church Street.