- Council members for the Village of Kalida held their first meeting of
the new year on Monday, in the process covering an ambitious agenda due
to the weather-related cancellation of the Jan. 6 meeting. The agenda
included the annual reorganization of council committees, with Mayor
Alan Gerdeman placing new members Sandy Fortman and Jon Edelbrock in
roles he deemed best suited to their areas of expertise.
Police Chief Jim Gulker presented his year-end report, noting that Ohio
state law requires that part-time officers must work 24 hours or less
per week, on average. "Essentially, it's 25 hours or higher is when you
need to start offering benefits, according to Ohio law," explained
In 2013, Kalida police officers issued
42 citations (38 for speed; four for reckless operation or traffic
control devices and driving under suspension) 187 warnings for traffic
stops, made seven arrests, handled six traffic accidents, and performed
819 safety checks on businesses.
was placed front and center by Council member Bob Buss. Buss referenced
William Shaw, the 75-year-old man who was found frozen to death earlier
this month in his Bath Township home on North Cool Road.
think we need to look seriously into inspecting any residential places
that are upstairs in town, downtown especially," said Buss, whose
biggest concern was with emergency exits. "It would be embarrassing if
something like that happened in town and the village didn't do anything
to make it safe."
"That falls underneath the
fire department," said Kalida Fire Dept. member John Schimmoeller. "We
can do it, by law we're supposed to do it, but you better be ready to
stand behind it. It's kind of one of those out-of-sight-out-of-mind
things right now. If you start writing citations that say you have so
many days to fix it, it's all going to go into court. How far do you
want to push it?"
"If there are safety issues
and we know about it, and we're just ducking our heads in the sand,
well, then do something about it," said Gerdeman.
"We'll get on this and do what we can do," responded Fire Chief Joe Selhorst.
Other council business included:
Greg Bockrath presented tentative illustrations OVERSET FOLLOWS:to
continue the Village's street improvement. Council reviewed maps of
proposed work on Fourth Street and Plum Street. Public meetings are
planned for each project on Feb. 5 and 11. Council approved a 15-foot
easement to allow the Kalida Telephone Company to run a fiber optic
cable across from Remlinger Fish Farm along U.S. 224. Council member
Dick Schulte announced that the Park Committee wished to call the new
village park "Four Seasons Park." Council approved. Schulte was
reappointed as council president. Council considered making all council
members salaried in order to comply with Ohio Public Employee Retirement
System reporting requirements. Council observed a moment of silence in
memory of former council member Dale Nienberg who died Sunday. Members
voted to donate a book in Nienberg's honor to the Putnam County District