New Paris council discusses issues


By Kelsey Kimbler - kkimbler@civitasmedia.com



By Kelsey Kimbler

kkimbler@civitasmedia.com

NEW PARIS — New Paris Village Council approved a motion to purchase two basic Ohio Revised Code books and a CD for $570.

During the Jan. 9 meeting, members discussed the recent realization that council has been operating on the 2012 basic code. Council used to approve the updated basic code annually as an ordinance, but has not accepted a revised code since 2012.

According to village officials, in order to prosecute cases, council must approve the revised 2017 basic code. In order to do this, they must first order revised copies of the code, as the ordinance to approve is within the books. An ordinance accepting the 2017 revised basic code will be on the table at a future meeting.

A representative from the Ohio Treasurer’s office discussed with council a possible collaboration with the state treasurer’s office to put public records online via Ohio Checkbook.com. They would build a website for New Paris and it would house expenditure information so citizens could see how their tax dollars are being spent. This website could be used for additional alerts as the village felt necessary.

The Village of Camden already uses this service through the State Treasurer’s Office.

In other business:

•Since the last council meeting, New Paris Police Department received a revised mutual aid agreement with Montgomery County. This agreement was approved at the previous council meeting, but has since had language changed. Council once again approved the agreement.

•The BPA Committee has found a replacement for a vacant Waste Water and Water Treatment position. Patrick Quin has recently started in the position, but the BPA needed council’s approval, which they gave.

•Resolution 2017-01 allowing for annual blanket purchase orders was approved.

•Resolution 2017-02 allowing for the monthly transfer of $7,000 from New Paris General Fund to the Police Operating Fund to be included in budget appropriations for the year was approved.

•Resolution 2017-03 allowing for the monthly transfer of $6,000 from New Paris General Fund to the Street, Maintenance, and Repair Fund to be included in budget appropriations for 2017 was approved. The village has grant money pending that requires matching funds from the village. This is for the East Cherry Street project.

•Resolution 2017-04 to approve a contract with the City of Hamilton for the village income tax collection through Dec. 31, 2020 was approved. The City of Hamilton has been the provider of collection services for New Paris since the beginning of the taxing.

•Resolution 2017-05 to appoint a replacement to the zoning commission was approved.

•Resolution 2017-06 allowing a contract agreement between New Paris Police and Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory was approved. This will allow the NPD to continue use of Miami Valley crime lab.

Two ordinances passed with approval from council:

•Ordinance 2017-01 to approve budget appropriations.

•Ordinance 2017-02, which is the annual appropriation ordinance.

New Paris Police Department’s service report for 2016 was released. For the year of 2016, NPD received:

•1,341 calls for service

•302 reports

•42 arrests

•881 citations

•389 warnings

The police department “averaged 111 calls per service per month,” according to officials

The next New Paris Village Council Meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m.

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

By Kelsey Kimbler

kkimbler@civitasmedia.com

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH