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West Liberty Council discusses water treatment, financial situation letter (Audio included)

West Liberty Council adopted a resolution Monday that would allow the village's water department to apply for an Ohio Public Works Commission grant that would assist in paying for a water treatment UV system.

The system would help the village cut down on its current chemical use in water treatment. The system cost $87,500 and the grant would pay for $42,875 of the total cost. If the village does not receive the grant the project will not be conducted.

Council adopted an ordinance on its third reading that deals with the village's public records retention policy.

Mayor Greg Hostetler and council have been working on a letter that will be sent out to residents soon. The letter regards the village's financial situation. The village is not in a financial crisis but if something is not done soon the village could be. The letter expresses the importance of the renewal levy. For the last five years the levy has provided the village with its only consistent funding. This is because the state has cut funding to municipalities. In 2008, West Liberty received $257,388 in government funding and in 2012 only received $61,426. Council has made cuts to the budget over the last five years but feels that if any more cuts are made it will begin to affect the village more visibly. If passed the renewal levy will not generate any more funds than it already does.

Council received an update on the West Liberty Town Hall Restoration project from the West Liberty Historical Society. The group is currently in phase II of the project. This phase costs $199,000 and the society is currently about $60,000 off from its goal. If the fundraising enters 2014 the historical society will more than likely see a ten percent increase in the cost of phase II. Phase II deals with the first floor offices for the village council, the Liberty Township Trustees, and the Board of Public Affairs. The phase would also include public restrooms and the infrastructure for the future renovations of phase III and the Old Opera House. Council voiced its continued support for the project.

Hostetler comments on the meeting.

Mayor Hostetler reported that this year's Trick-or-Treat will be on October 31st from 6-7:30 pm.

West Liberty Council will meet again on October 14th at 7:30 pm.

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