Village seeks alternative energy sources

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield village administrators continue to investigate the possibility of alternative energy sources for future village needs.
Waynesfield Village Administrator Fred Rowe informed Waynesfield Village Council members Monday about the possibilities for wind-generated energy and natural gas being brought to the village in the future.
“It is feasibly possible that a wind generation facility could be in operation in 2012,” Rowe said. “With the natural gas, we have to look at it as a 100-year build. It is not a five- or 10-year build so we could spread the cost over a long time.”
No official estimates have been done and no studies have been conducted on installing natural gas lines in the village, however Rowe did give a ballpark figure of $3.5 million to complete the project.
“Everyone has to understand this is preliminary and there are no official estimates,” Rowe said.
Preliminary engineering, feasibility, and environmental studies would all have to be done for the project to go forward. Village administrators will continue to gather information to see if plans are feasible for either project to take place.
Councilors are revisiting the possibility of locating a BMX bike trail somewhere in the village.
Village administrators investigated the issue in 2008 but the issue had died. Mayor Mike Ridenour said the village is starting from “square one” and examining the possibilities of liabilities, location and cost issues.
During the meeting, local resident Sharon Ewing addressed councilors on a property which she says is an eyesore and asked councilors if anything could be done.
“I don’t want to look at it,” Ewing told councilors at the meeting.
The property, located at 100 Maple St., is owned by Richard Conner of Lima. Ewing said the property is uninhabited.
“The thing is an eyesore,” Ewing said. “He very seldomly mows the grass. I know the village has zoning and I wanted to see what could be done about it.”
Rowe told Ewing that the owner had been issued a citation for high grass. Ridenour asked Rowe and Police Chief Nathan Motter to review zoning for the village and see what else could be done to clean up the property.