Council sends delinquent bills to auditor

By Matt Clevenger

Miami Valley Today

WEST MILTON — The West Milton Village Council has passed a resolution to certify delinquent water, sewer and refuse accounts to the Miami County Auditor for collection. Costs associated with removal of grass, weeds and trees will also be certified to the auditor, who will place a tax lien or assessment against the property for the total, plus an additional 5% service charge.

Council members passed the resolution during their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 11. “This is an annual resolution that we always do in the month of August,” municipal manager Matthew Kline said.

Residents with delinquent accounts can pay the total by Sept. 11 and avoid certification to the auditor. This year the accounts and fees add up to just under $15,000 the village is owed. “It’s a normal amount,” Kline said. “There are about five properties that we mow every year, and then the rest is all water and sewer charges.”

Council members also passed a resolution authorizing a contract with Anthem for employee health insurance. “This year’s renewal is 6.2%, which is very low in comparison to past years,” Kline said.

In other business, council members also passed a resolution authorizing a $2,693,037.79 contract with VTF Excavating, LLC of Celina for construction of the Ludlow falls sanitary sewer project.

“This is really the culmination of years’ worth of work,” Kline said. “We have $3.1 million in grants; it’s a $2.7 million project.”

“You’re looking at at least a year’s worth of construction,” he said.

Council members also heard an update on several construction projects, including repairs to the water main that crosses the OH-571 bridge. “That’s on schedule; either this week or by Monday,” Kline said.

Workers have also been making minor and major repairs to over 60 of the village’s catch basins, and have completely re-built 10 of them.

Council also discussed the village’s upcoming Labor Day fireworks display and the Fall Fling car show. “It’s going to be a smaller show,” Kline said of the fireworks display. The budget this year has been cut in half.”

The Fall Fling is still scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19. “It’s always the third Saturday in September,” council member Sarah Copp said. “We want to try to have some food trucks down there, and then some of the shops will do a shop and hop, with prizes.”

Council also heard from Ray Gerard, public relations officer for the Miami Valley Young Marines, who announced the upcoming Drill Heroes: Knockout Drill for a cause event taking place on Saturday, Sept. 12.

“It’s open to marines, soldiers, sailors, airmen, cadets, young marines, scouts, veterans or anybody who thinks they now how to drill,” Gerard said. “They can join it for $5 apiece.”

Proceeds from the event will go towards the $3,000 cost of expanding West Milton’s Veterans’ Memorial. “For a long time, the veterans’ organizations have been trying to make sure they extend it so it includes all the wars that should be included,” Gerard said. “The Young Marines are really committed to helping in that regard, because assistance to veterans is one of our primary tenets of community service.”

The Drill Heroes event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. more information can be found online at miamivalleyyoungmarines.com. Council members next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.