Salineville council seeks to ease banking efforts

SALINEVILLE — The village administration continues to look at ways to make banking easier for the fiscal officer and sewer clerk.

With the closure of Huntington Bank in town, Fiscal Officer Donna Rudder has been depositing the money in the Huntington Bank in other towns, but on Monday she asked council to consider a remote deposit system. That would allow her to scan through checks and money orders and uploading them to the bank instead of transporting them there. Then cash could be still taken to the bank for deposit with the possibility of it not needing to be done every day.

Additionally, Mayor Linda Adams and Rudder said they have been in discussions with another bank, Consumers Bank, about using their services. Councilman Jim Wilson questioned if Consumers was interest in opening a bank in Salineville and Councilwoman Pam Tedeschi asked about the possibility of an ATM, but Rudder and Adams said they did not believe so. However, if there was a chance of better service they wanted to at least explore changing banks, now that Huntington is no longer in town.

Council will consider the changes at an upcoming meeting.

Rudder also reported the state auditor’s office is expected next week. Council voted to allow Rudder to call in a council member, Nancy Needham, or one of the other clerks in the village, if she needs extra time to get ready for the audit.

In other matters:

— The Salineville Volunteer Fire Department asked council to allow them to change the policy for using the fire department equipment and fire crew for hazardous waste clean up when there are spills as materials are being transported through the village. The previous ordinance passed in 1998 allowed the fire department to charge $250 per hour for the use of equipment and $100 per hour for a fire crew. The fire department would like to increase the amounts to $300 per hour for the equipment and $200 per hour for the crew. Additionally, there was a milk spill recently where firefighters were standing by for six hours and Adams noted firefighters would like to see the policy changed from hazardous waste to any kind of clean up. Law Director Andy Beech suggested the proposed change in policy could be added to the fire contract the fire department has with the village and then the village could just pass the change of policy.

— Council also discussed whether a change of policy is needed regarding weight limits on village streets. Beech talked about enforcement issues with a weight limit policy when the village does not have scales. Wilson talked about the weight cards truck drivers are required to have and the possibility of those being used. Beech said it is possible to put up signs requiring large trucks to stay on the main streets unless making a local delivery.

— Adams noted there is currently a state ordered burning ban and she suggested if someone sees residents burning garbage in the village they can call the police department.

— Clean Up Days have been finalized for May 16 and 17 with additional details about what can be dropped off to be announced.

— Adams reminds residents besides their state and federal taxes they are required to file local income taxes to RITA.

— Adams offered condolences on behalf of council to Zeb and Judy Locklear of Salineville on the death of their son, James Locklear, to cancer. He had served in the U.S. Army and with the U.S. Secret Service.