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Lakemore discusses reconnection fine ordinance

6/5/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

Public hearing on proposed fine set for June 16

LAKEMORE — Lakemore Village Council wants residents to understand gaining unapproved access to the village’s sanitary sewer system or water supply could be a costly offense.

At the June 2 Council meeting, Councilman Chad Lance announced a public hearing will be held June 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St., to discuss legislation that would implement a $500 fine for an unauthorized reconnection of services.

According to the proposed ordinance, the steep fine is necessary to deter unlawful connections.

The legislation states no one other than an authorized employee of the Lakemore Department of Public Services may turn water and/or sanitary sewer back on once it has been turned off by village officials. If service is reconnected and not authorized, the owner would pay full charges from the turn-off dates, plus a reconnection fee, plus the $500 fine, the ordinance said.

The matter will be discussed in more depth during the public hearing, Lance has said.

Also during the meeting, Council heard the first reading of a resolution to officially place a renewal of a five-year, 2.5-mill fire levy on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot. Mayor Rick Justice has said the renewal levy is necessary to continue to provide sufficient funding to maintain fire and emergency medical services in the village.

Council additionally heard the second reading of a resolution to authorize Justice, on behalf of the village, to advertise for bids and enter into an agreement with the lowest and best bidder, conditional upon funding through the Ohio Public Works Commission’s Small Government Program, for a hydrant and water main valve replacement program in the village.

Also during the meeting, Linda Denton, coordinator of the Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police (VASP), was present at the Council meeting to discuss boating regulations on Springfield Lake.

She told Council summer has gotten off to a safe start on the lake thanks to recent efforts to inform boaters of current boating rules and the free safety equipment inspections of vessels conducted before boaters went out on the water before the Memorial Day weekend.

According to Denton, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Springfield Police Department officials are working together and will stop a boat found in violation of current regulations and fine the operator for each infraction.

A complete copy of the lake boating rules can be found on the Springfield Township website, www.springfieldtownship.us, she said.

Denton reported auxiliary members relocated existing buoys and placed extra buoys out on the lake to increase safety. She said the buoys were obtained recently with ODNR grant money.

Lance said several boat dock rentals still are available for the boating season. Applications can be printed off from the village website, www.lakemoreohio.org, and dropped off at the Municipal Building.

Denton also announced the summer concert series on the lake will begin today, June 6, and take place from 7 to 9 p.m. each Friday through Aug. 15 at the Vincent J. Mealy Memorial Gazebo located at Springfield Lake Park on Canfield Road.

The next regular Council meeting will be June 16 at 7 p.m., following the 6:30 p.m. public hearing, at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St.

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