LEIPSIC — The Village of Leipsic has joined a growing number of local communities running afoul of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regulations. At its meeting on Monday night, the village council was informed by Village Administrator Kevin Lammon that the village will have to issue an alert to residents regarding levels of a specific contaminant, trihalomethane, that exceeds OEPA allowances. Lammon further advised that the OEPA’s recommended treatment for this issue includes the hiring of a contractor to perform a pilot study. To facilitate the study, a portable water treatment facility is brought to the village by one of several available contractors. The village’s potable water is then run through this facility for analysis, the results of which are presented to the OEPA.

“This is something they (the OEPA) are highly recommending, without flat-out saying, ‘You have to do this,’” Lammon said.

The cost of such a study, according to Lammon, is roughly $45,000. While grant monies are available through the OEPA to offset the costs of the study, Lammon remarked that they will not become available until 2015. “Whether they’ll let us pit it off that long, I don’t know,” he said.

Lammon also raised the issue of residential property maintenance. He reminded council that the village has an ordinance requiring property owners to mow their lawns at least once per month from May through October, or when grass grows in excess of six inches in height. He reported that the village has taken steps and been forced to mow the grass of a variety of properties within the village.

“We’ve got a lot more of them this year than we have in the past,” he said.

In other business, council also heard the second reading of the proposed budget for 2015. The third and final reading of the budget will take place during the village’s next council meeting, scheduled for Monday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m.