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Russells Point Council learns of possible snag with Clean Ohio Project (Audio included)

Russells Point Council learned about a potential snag with the village's Clean Ohio Grant Project Monday.

The village is in the process of working on the purchase order agreement on the land. The problem with the property changing hands is called Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV). CAUV is like a discount towards the property taxes on land that is used for agricultural purposes. If the land changes hands, such as the donation of the proposed property to Russells Point, there is a recoupment and look-back. The look-back looks at the last three years for the amount of the discount on the property taxes and whatever that amount is will need to be recouped by the new owner. The expense for the proposed property is around $20,000, which council has agreed to pay to move the project forward. It is an expense that the village did not consider or was aware existed.

Council also passed an ordinance authorizing Mayor Robin Reames to enter into an agreement with Cotterman & Company Incorporated to repair and refurbish a section of the municipal building's roof. The village has used Cotterman in the past and has been repairing the roof in sections because of cost. The project to repair the current section of roof will cost over $37,000.

Reames discusses the CAUV and the ordinance.

Police Chief Joe Freyhof reported that the Logan County Sheriff's Office, Washington Township Police, and his department have been working with Verizon Wireless to put up a temporary cell tower in the village. The tower will help with the influx of Verizon customers in the summer. The increase in cellular services can cause mobile dispatching systems in the cruisers to go down, cause drop calls, and create several safety concerns when a lot of people rely on their cell phones to call for help.

Freyhof discusses the tower.

Terri Lamb was also present from All Around Accounting to speak about possibly becoming the village’s tax administrator. The village will hear from another interested agency at the next meeting.

Russells Point Village Council will meet again on June 17th at 7 pm.

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