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Bloomville looking at wind power  

Credit:  By Dan McElhatten - Correspondent , The Advertiser-Tribune, www.advertiser-tribune.com 10 March 2012 ~~

BLOOMVILE – Councilwoman Carol Adams briefed Bloomville Village Council Wednesday evening on her efforts to research the viability of wind turbine power for the village.

Adams said the schools she has been in contact with “seem satisfied” with their turbines, and are “reaping benefits from the experience.” She said Bloomville council is attempting to lower electrical costs and there seems to be no guarantee of savings. She said one entity stated they finally deciphered their costs and determined they had saved $75 annually.

She said representatives of the Better Business Bureau, Farm Bureau, Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. and others have not heard any negative feedback on the wind energy company NexGen. When asked about the $12,000 upfront cost for wind and migration studies that NexGen wants to charge, Adams said she found free data available on the internet.

Pool admission rates were discussed with suggestions being made for this season, including additional charges for season passes with families having more than five members, having photo identification be shown before each entry to the pool, and verifying age and residency when purchasing passes. Clerk Janis Weasner said she will research passes last year to see how many people were on each passes, and council tabled discussion until next meeting.

Phyllis Lutz was recommended for an assistant office position and will be offered a part-time position at $8 per hour with a 90-day probation period. Legislation will be introduced at the next council meeting to retain Carl Rinker as zoning inspector.

Mayor Robert George said the method of recycling is expected to change in mid-year. Ottawa-Sandusky-Seneca Solid Waste District will be replacing a monthly trailer with permanent recycling bins funded through an OSS grant, indicating that continuation of this method would be at the expense of the village and township. The district will continue to fund recycling, but only under the bin method. Council expressed concern about illegal dumping and contamination of recyclable materials.

Bridget Auble, 4-H adviser, asked for a community project for her 4-H group. Suggestions should be forwarded to the mayor.

Council also heard:

Three officers attended mandatory, eight-hour training for police cruiser laptops.

Drug Take Back Day is 8 a.m.-noon April 28 at the village office.

Up to 35,000 extra gallons water are being pumped daily, and employees are looking for a leak.

The village is accepting quotes for street signs and posts.

Source:  By Dan McElhatten - Correspondent , The Advertiser-Tribune, www.advertiser-tribune.com 10 March 2012

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