HOLGATE — Council Tuesday approved renewing the bio-augmentation of the village’s lagoons.

Village Administrator Rob Nagel explained the process should be done annually.

“It’s to keep the sludge down in both of the ponds,” he said. “It’s a lot cheaper than having to pump it out.”

Council approved IFM to perform the work at a cost of $4,200.

In other matters, council adopted the most updated version of the Ohio Basic Code, although it may be withdrawn at a later date.

Solicitor David Busick noted the basic code is no longer being utilized for the village.

“The (Henry County) sheriff’s office won’t write under it,” Busick explained. “Everything in there is already in the Ohio Revised Code.”

Busick said the advantage to adopting the Ohio Basic Code is that if a ticket is written under it instead of the Ohio Revised Code, proceeds from any fines paid come to the village first instead of the state.

“You don’t have a police department anymore to write them,” he said.

Since the annual payment was already made, council member Elva Posadas-Wyandt questioned if they could ask for a refund. The adoption was approved under the suspension of rules requiring three readings and as an emergency, so it’s effective immediately, but with clause that a refund will be sought.

In other matters, Fiscal Officer Sally Briggs explained she currently has a $75,000 bond as the fiscal officer, but was recently informed by the village’s insurance agent from USI Insurance Services that she could be covered under the village’s property and liability insurance policy through the Public Entities Pool with a faithful performance bond.

“It rolls not with the person, but with the job,” Briggs explained.

Briggs said that Mayor Blake Tijerina, who was not present at the meeting, also requested Nagel be bonded under the policy as well as he has spending authority as well.

A Zoning Board meeting was scheduled prior to the council meeting, but was canceled. Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 25. A Park Committee meeting to select a date for this year’s community day event will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 10.

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