VERSAILLES - Versailles Village Council okayed a recommendation from the personnel and policies committee on customer-owned electrical generation at its meeting Monday night to prepare legislation to adopt the new energy standards and rates.
Fiscal Officer Kari Egbert said Village Administrator Rodd Hale noted that committee members met recently with Don Gruenemeyer of Sawvel & Associates to discuss the issue of customers wishing to install solar or wind generating systems and connecting them to the Versailles electric system. He stated that similar requests from customers wishing to have their own renewable energy generation have occurred in Celina and other neighboring communities and that Versailles has recently received at least two such requests. The policy being considered provides standards for this interconnection and rates of service.
Councilman Todd Dammeyer added that the adjusted rates were necessary to safeguard the local electric system against substantial revenue losses should customer owned renewable generators become widespread.
In the final item of new business was the consideration of a recommendation from the park board regarding the redesign of the Indian Creek parking lot. Hale reported that the park board and village employees met recently to discuss the layout of the new parking lot. The park board is recommending that the batting cage be moved from the center of the lot to the southeastern end of the parking lot to improve safety as well as overall aesthetics.
Hale explained this would also allow for additional parking spaces as well as creating a circular traffic pattern versus a dead-end lot. Councilwoman Kim Custenborder questioned if additional safety measures were being considered to protect pedestrians near the concession stand area. Hale explained that some type of deterrent would be installed around the area to prohibit vehicles from passing close to the area.
After a little additional discussion, it was decided to accept the redesign recommendation.
In other matters, council:
- Approved a motion to authorize the village administrator to purchase a used refuse truck.
- Adopted an ordinance regulating weeds, grass and other vegetation within the village.
- Adopted an emergency ordinance establishing the salary and benefits for Kari Egbert as fiscal officer.
- Passed an emergency resolution authorizing Hale to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement and/or Local Transportation Improvement Program(s) and to execute contracts as required. Hale explained that the grant application was for the Hickory Drive storm sewer project and that the application deadline to Darke County was July 25; therefore, the need for the emergency legislation.
- Went into executive session to discuss real estate matters, but no decisions were made.
- Heard Mayor Jeff A. Subler report that one potential candidate has stated interest in the cemetery board vacancy. He continued that both the cemetery board and the park board have specified term limits, but these have historically not been enforced. It is his intention to reinstate the fixed term limits for each board member.
- Listened as Hale provided members with his administrator’s report and commented on some recent interactions at the swimming pool.
- Was suggested by Village Attorney Guillozet for council members to read the article on public meetings published in the recent Cities and Villages magazine as a good reminder of public meeting guidelines. He also stated the land acquisition with the Hole family has been completed.