|NB Council questions jail bill|
|Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:45|
NORTH BALTIMORE - Council debated what to do about a years-old bill from the Wood County Sheriff's Office Tuesday night - a bill amounting into the thousands of dollars.
"I don't believe we should be paying bills from years and years past, and that's how we feel about it," said Councilman Bill Cameron of the bill, in the amount of $7,320, from the Sheriff's Office.
"I just believe they (the Sheriff's Office) should have been better on their books."
The charge stems, reportedly, from prisoner housing fees stretching back five years.
The bill, which had been discussed recently, was masked in some confusion at the meeting, as there was uncertainty how it had been missed, or why it had come to the city's attention so late.
"I just really want to know if it's their end or our end or both," said Cameron.
"We went through a lot of finance officers, so it could very well be on our end," said Councilman Aaron Patterson.
"It's just amazing that the Wood County Sheriff's Office department auditors haven't picked up on this," said Councilman Jeff Bretz.
Village Solicitor Chet Martin indicated that he had discussed the bill with the Sheriff's Office recently.
Patterson moved that the item be put in a "clean-up" ordinance later in the year.
In other business, council:
â€˘Â Â Â Approved an ordinance, 5-1, authorizing Mayor Mike Julien to enter into an agreement with Great Lakes Billing Associates Inc. for the collection of EMS bills. Bretz was the lone "no" vote.
â€˘Â Â Â Approved, 5-1, a motion by Patterson that the village cut off non-essential spending as of Nov. 1 for the rest of the year, except for emergency purchases. Bretz again was the lone "no" vote.
â€˘Â Â Â After a question from Cameron, heard that work on Mitchell Road south of Water Street is involving extension of a separated sewer to three homes located within the city limits, which had been left out. Cameron indicated that he had received questions about what the work there entailed.
â€˘Â Â Â Approved a proposal to contract with Dixon Engineering for technical services and contract documents for water plant clarifiers at a cost not to exceed $4,500.
â€˘Â Â Â Approved a $500 donation to Boy Scout Troop 315 for the painting of fire hydrants.
â€˘Â Â Â Heard from Village Administrator Kathy Healy that AEP Ohio will shortly be coming to do some tree trimming for utility lines. She indicated that 16 trees are being removed from the city. AEP is marking trees to be trimmed with a yellow dot. Trees marked with a red "X" are to be removed.
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