ORWELL — Village finances continue to do well as department heads watch expenses closely, said Orwell Village Manager Joseph Varckette.
“Anything we buy we are talking about. All in all no red flags. We are doing a good job of keeping our expenses down,” Varckette said.
Varckette said income tax collections have gone well with a good first quarter, a huge second quarter and things are slowing a bit during the third quarter, but the “correction” was expected. He said some area industries are feeling a slow down and the village will be keeping a close eye on the revenue numbers as the year continues.
Varckette said 90 percent of Orwell revenues come from income tax and he said discussions with area industries are underway.
“We received some pretty torrential rains,” Varckette said. He said the drainage system worked well.
Cold patch and tree trimming have been accomplished and new parking has been added behind the police department.
Council approved a bid process to begin later this month for a paving and storm drain improvement project at the village hall. Varckette said an engineer’s estimate is $87,600.
Varckette said he is putting a plan together for review by the Ashtabula County Health Department regarding a fall clean-up day scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 3.
Varckette said he participated in a call with city managers from around the county and Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County on Tuesday morning with Ohio Treasurer of State Robert Sprague.
Orwell City Solicitor Chris Newcomb said a proof of claim was received regarding the paper work from an opiate settlement claim presently being adjudicated in the Southern District of New York federal bankruptcy court. We have been provided our own claim number and will be able to monitor what is going on, he said.
Cities, villages and townships from across the country have filed claims for money from a drug company bankruptcy stemming from opiate costs to local governments because of opiate overdoses.
Council also passed a resolution to make a second three-year commitment of 20 percent of the village’s income tax revenues for capital improvements. The first three-year commitment was made in 2018 and was extended for another three years, Varckette said.