Bradford council OKs camera costs

Decision on cesspool left to Darke County

By Sam Wildow -

BRADFORD — Bradford Council approved the costs for three new camera projects for village security during their meeting Thursday evening.

The first project approved was for cameras on the roof of the village’s administrative building. The cost for the cameras, mounting equipment, antenna, and other associated setup materials is $3,454. According to the documents detailing the projects, the two roof cameras will be removed and replaced at the same two locations, which will overlook the parking lot and the play set. The removed cameras will be saved to be used at the sewage plant for watching two storage tanks.

The next approved project was for cameras to be placed at the Wise Street dumping station as well as at Miami and Klinger streets. The total cost for that project is $7,158.

The third related project that was approved was for cameras at Main and Liberty streets at a total cost of $4,483.

The council also approved the cost of $872 for upgrades if they are needed to make the new cameras compatible with the village’s system.

Council member Jeff Wirrig said that the council could budget for additional camera projects in the future, including updating or adding new cameras for inside the administrative building, the sewage plant, and the water plant.

The projects were approved by a vote of 5-0. Council member Tom Moore was absent.

Also during their meeting, the council decided not to take any action in regard to a cesspool forming on Zerber Road, as the location is in the jurisdiction of the Darke County commissioners. The septic systems of nine properties, including seven trailers and two houses, have failed at that location, causing the sewage to collect and overflow.

“I don’t think you as a council … should be making a decision on something that hasn’t been sanctioned through the county,” Village Administrator Rick Looker said.

At the council’s previous meeting, they discussed whether or not they would consider taking in the sewage of those properties for treatment at the village’s wastewater facilities. Darke County would have to pay the upfront cost of installing the infrastructure to connect those properties to wastewater lines. The only cost to the village would be treating the wastewater.

It was unclear if the county would even attempt to go that route due to concerns about the property owners not paying the county back for the cost of the infrastructure or the cost of treating the sewage.

“I think the whole thing is putting the cart before the horse,” council member Deb Warner said. “They don’t have a plan.”

Warner and council member Bob Daughtery both said that the council did not have enough information to make an informed decision. Looker added that it was putting undue pressure on the council for a decision on an issue that falls under the jurisdiction of the Darke County commissioners.

In regard to legislation on their agenda, the council approved resolutions to assess delinquent utility accounts for residents of Miami and Darke counties; a resolution for the 2018 street lighting assessment; a resolution to assess accrued rental fees for downtown security; resolutions to assess delinquent payment of tree removals for residents of Miami and Darke counties; and a resolution to assess delinquent mowing charges for Miami County residents.

The council also approved an ordinance levying upon certain lots and lands in the Grandview subdivision of Bradford in Darke County for improvements made by the village.

All of the three-reading rules were waived for the approved legislation.

These assessments will be placed on the affected property owners’ property taxes.

Decision on cesspool left to Darke County

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336