Dover addresses cost overages, mayor remains absent

Dover addresses cost overages, mayor remains absent

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As Dover City Council continues to try to deal with cost overages at the city’s power plant under Dave Filippi, Mayor Homrighausen remains absent from meetings.

During a special meeting on April 18 to make decisions on the cost overruns, councilman Robert Maurer asked Council President Shane Gunnoe to send the mayor a request to attend all council meetings from this point on.

Gunnoe said during a Committee of the Whole meeting prior to the council meeting that city auditor Nicole Stoldt has now seen time sheets signed by Filippi for the Sulzer Turbo Services employees justifying the $199,000.

Council voted to move the issue out of committee and have an ordinance to pay the bill on the next meeting’s agenda. Stoldt said funds to pay the bill were included in this year’s budget by making cuts elsewhere.

Council also addressed the following:

—Overages to RCR Services of $34,000, incurred when the company repaired a rupture disk during the fall shutdown in 2021.

—Having Hall contact the Nomadic representative in Dover who said they may be able to sell the generator currently with Sulzer in Texas for parts through consignment.

—Having Hall continue working with local companies for technical operations such as calibrating transmitters and meeting EPA standards to keep costs under $50,000.

Overages owed to Fairbanks-Morse of $52,000 not related to the insurance claim will be addressed in a future meeting.

Reports

Service Director Dave Douglas distributed a list of streets to pave in 2022, saying he hopes to finish up the east end of town and work toward downtown. He also said the city received a grant in the amount of $18,115 for the compost facility from the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste District.

Councilwoman Sandy Moss asked if the sweet gum trees could be replaced as their fruit is clogging the drains on Third Street. Douglas said he would need to consult with the shade tree commission and the city’s part-time arborist.

“We have to save what we can,” Douglas said. “A lot of trees have been taken out because of sidewalk issues, but it’s something we can maybe look at over time.”

Human Resources/Safety Director Gerry Mroczkowski said work will begin on changing traffic on the 200 block of East Sixth Street from two-way to one-way due to the width of the street. This will allow parking on the north side.

He also reviewed changes that will be made to some city crosswalks and the relocation of some handicap parking spots so they comply with the rule that cars cannot be parked within 20 feet of an intersection. This regulation also may result in the loss of six parking spaces downtown.

Also in his report, Mroczkowski said the city has hired or is in the process of hiring a total of 10 employees for the light plant and the general services, wastewater and water departments.

Councilman Greg Bair mentioned receiving complaints of people making U-turns on Third Street. Mroczkowski said the police department is aware of the issue.

City consulting engineer Don Dummermuth said the Memorial Hall update and repair project is out for bids, which are due May 4.

In other matters

Justin Perkowski, the parks and recreation chair, reported that as of April 11, Jeff Matthews is the new parks superintendent, replacing Scott Jerles, who recently resigned. Perkowski requested a resolution recognizing Jerles for his many years of service.

Legislation

Council voted to pass emergency ordinances to do the following:

—Participate in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s winter contract for road salt.

—Amend two codified ordinances regarding parking and impounding of vehicles as requested by the Dover police chief.


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