Minerva Village Council passed at its March 14 meeting the final reading of a new policy that governs how the village will dispose of village-owned property when it is no longer needed.
The policy requires municipal departments to report to Village Administrator Dave Harp about any property the departments decide is obsolete, unfit for municipal purposes or otherwise not needed. Council must review all items before granting Harp permission to dispose of or sell them.
The policy sets up guidelines for the disposal or sale of property based on the estimated value of items. Harp is authorized to discard or salvage property with no value. Items valued at less than $1,000 per piece can be sold without requiring advertisements or bids. Property valued at more than $1,000 must be advertised for sale with council accepting bids for the items.
Vehicles, equipment and other machinery can be traded in based on bids received for the items. The policy also allows council to sell property by Internet auction.
Council's March 14 meeting also included readings of legislation that will allow the village to purchase equipment and services related to village infrastructure.
Council approved the second reading of legislation authorizing Village Administrator Dave Harp to sign a contract for the purchase of a 2017 full-size cargo van for the village water department at a price not to exceed $43,776 using Ohio's cooperative purchasing program.
Council then passed, by majority vote, first readings of two ordinances authorizing Harp to purchase two new vehicles for the street department using the state's cooperative purchasing program.
If adopted, the first ordinance will authorize Harp to purchase a new 2018 International single axle cab and chassis dump truck for the street department at a cost not to exceed $72,993.
The second ordinance will authorize the purchase of a new snow and ice truck equipment package, including dump body, central hydraulic system, snow plow accessories, under tailgate spreader and LED light system, for a new 2018 International truck at a cost not to exceed $60,381.
Councilwoman Cynthia Lawson voted against both ordinances.
Council members unanimously approved a motion to sign a contract with Southway Fence Company, of Canton, for $13,000 to purchase of supplies, material and labor for the installation of fencing at the water treatment plant.
A unanimous vote also came in for a motion authorizing a contract with Pag's Excavating Inc., of Alliance, for work on the Municipal Park bridge nearest the village swimming pool at a cost not to exceed $8,500. Minerva Mayor James Waller said the bridge deck and the approaches on both sides will be replaced with cement.
In other business, the board:
LEARNED that the Park Board had recently discussed replacing some park equipment, including the merry-go-round in Municipal Park, and is also thinking about asking local clubs and volunteers to help clean up village parks in the spring.
HEARD Harp report that he had spoken with a local contractor about filling holes in the downtown area that will not be used for the village's new trees. He said council was informed last month that someone fell on one of the holes.
HEARD Councilwoman Billie Rowe invite new business owners to attend council meetings and present to the public about their businesses.
APPROVED an emergency reading of legislation authorizing Harp to apply for Community Development Block Grant funds from the Carroll County Board of Commissioners for the 2017 year. Funds are used for infrastructure projects in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods.
APPROVED a motion authorizing the re-platting of property owned by David Yoder as recommended by the village's planning and zoning commission. Council added to the motion that it authorizes Yoder to gravel his parking lot for one year and then resurface it with paving or cement according to village code.