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