By JANE ERNSBERGER
Special to the Daily Globe
PLYMOUTH - The Village of Plymouth has a new administrator. Members of council adopted a resolution to confirm Mayor Tim Redden’s appointment of Tom Rusynyk to the position. He will be paid $53,400 a year.
His first day was Monday, July 16. Council waived the requirement he live inside the village within six months. Rusynyk said he lives in Greenwich.
Plymouth resident Melvin Thornsberry spoke to council about his recent water bill for $810. He said he started to have a problem with his water meter several months ago and called the village to report the problem.
“Nothing was done about my meter,” he said. “Nobody showed up to do anything about it. Nobody did anything.”
Thornsberry said he thought the problem would eventually come to a head with such a high water bill.
“I didn’t know where else to go to try and get it fixed,” he told council members.
Thornsberry said he was getting a bill every month, in answer to a question from council member Joan Felver. The average bill in the past was for 2,000 gallons.
“That’s minimum,” noted Redden.
“It says I used 52,000 gallons, Thornsberry pointed out. “I don’t have a swimming pool or anything.”
Thornsberry brought his billing to show council and pointed out where the problem seemed to start.
“Earlier this year, the reading dropped dramatically,” he noted. “I didn’t know if they weren’t reading them or what. For some reason, our usage dropped 52,000 gallons. For that particular month, I can’t find the bill, but you can see it went from the current reading of 884 and dropped down to 840-something. That’s a 40 or 50,000 gallon drop. I didn’t get a credit for that, but I did get a bill for usage of 52,000 gallons.”
Thornsberry said the problem is with the meter and that he tried to point that out to the village.
“Nobody would listen,” he told council members. “The digits on the outside meter are not real legible. So whoever was reading it, either didn’t take the time to figure it out.”
Daren Elliott, acting village administrator, told council the meters are being read manually.
On one reading, Thornsberry pointed out, there was no usage at all from the reading. The reading from the basement was 899.
“So,” noted council member Jim Holloman, you’ve only used 1,000 gallons since they’ve read it.”
Redden asked Elliott if he was aware of any problem.
“Not until now,” Elliott said. “It will be taken care of tomorrow.”
The $810 water bill would be discussed in committee, Redden said. Thornsberry was to get an answer on July 11 when workers changed out the meter.
In the service report, Elliott said a tree limb fell at the cemetery. It damaged a utility pole which belonged to Verizon. The company has replaced the pole.
Elliott told council workers have been having problems with filter house pumps. There are three pumps, and two are having issues and are not priming up properly.
“We changed the rotor in number three,” he explained. “We think we found the solution to fix them. We’ve still got two pumps running, but we’ve got to fix number one.”
Several workers are painting the curbs in town. Elliott said he has warned them to keep the yellow paint where it is already.
Elliott said there are several bad sections of curbing downtown in front of a pizza place and barber shop has several bad sections. They will be cut out and replaced with quick-crete to simply eliminate the trip hazards and to make it cosmetically more appealing.
Concrete is very expensive. Elliott said he did not want to bring in a cement truck because the village would have to order three yards minimum of concrete.
Parts for a fire hydrant that was struck by a vehicle are in and ready to be used to fix the hydrant. Elliott said parts were ordered for the rest of the pumps scheduled to be repaired.
Council member Charles Doan said the police department had 217 calls in June. The fire department responded to 10 squad runs and two fires. The fire department also got a grant for $7,552 from EMS.
“The state has a list, basically, of items you can choose from,” noted Plymouth Fire Chief Rich Metzger. “Usually that’s how we paid for training, but they have a specific list, and you have to stay within that list.”
Metzger told council there is a problem with the gutter on the back of the firehouse.
“We’re going to have to do something with that,” he pointed out. “It’s just rotting away. The downspouts are in good shape.
“The gutter has one piece that goes across the whole thing,” he explained. “There’s a sag in the middle. I think it needs to be redone. I’d like to pursue that if I could.”
Holloman said there are newer methods that use one piece. Metzger said the length might be a problem and it might be better to do a split in the middle.
“We have a downspout on both sides,” he pointed out. “It might be better to split everything to the side.”
Metzger said he would like gutter guards installed due to a big problem with seeds from trees. This, he noted, has been a problem for a number of years.
“I’m thinking if we can get a new gutter and put some kind of guard on it,” he told council. “That way, it keeps us off that roof.”
Metzger said Huron County EMA will be doing a regional grant through FEMA for radio replacement. The idea is to go with a combination of analog and digital radio system.
“They asked who would be interested in it,” he explained. “With us having no digital capabilities to talk to the police department anymore, we’re prime candidates for being added onto the grant.”
The initial grant writing fee, Metzger pointed out, will be between $650 and $675. It would be funded through the fire department.
“Right now, everything is in the data collection step,” he noted. “The grant writer is going to get with each department that is going to be in with it. It will probably be submitted in December when the FEMA grant opens.”
The grant, if awarded to the village, would replace all portable and mobile radios for the fire department.