PERRYSVILLE — Could payment options — such as electronic billing — be instituted to make it easier for water and sewer customers to pay their bills on time?

Councilwoman Heather Mullinnex asked that question at the panel’s May 7 meeting.

After Council, Mayor Richard Miles and fiscal officer Jackie Holland discussed problems with late payments and shutoff procedures for nonpayment, Holland said she would look into the feasibility of instituting electronic payment.

Also May 7, during the public comments period at the beginning of the meeting, residents complained about feral cats roaming the village and causing damage. Miles said he would check with the county to see if there was help available to deal with the problem.

In other business, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency compliance assistance officer Richard Smith reported issues with unusually high concentrations of contaminates coming into the wastewater treatment plant. That includes ammonia, carbon, food and cleaning products containing phosphorous. Smith said that when the sources are found, violators will be billed accordingly.

In other business involving the wastewater treatment plant, council approved a motion to allow the president of the board of public affairs to make decisions regarding the disposal of scrap equipment.

Perrysville Economic Development president Joe Eggerton updated council on the recreational trail project. The paved 2,500-foot long trail will run through forested village-owned land along Black Fork of the Mohican River. It will be accessible from the Weltmer Park parking lot just off Ohio 95 and South Bridge Street. Parking spaces are being made at the South Bridge Street entrance.

Eggerton said paving work will begin soon and that Perrysville Economic Development had obtained $16,000 in grant money for benches and tables for the trail.

Council also approved a motion to allow the mayor to enter into a contract with Engineering Associates to perform engineering services for phase one of the wastewater plant upgrade.

Also on May 7, Mike Stroub of Mechcom Dot Net advised council he had determined that the village water tower would not be suitable for placement of Mechcom’s telecommunications equipment. Council granted Stroub’s request in March to use a drone to see whether the water tower could be used. He had told council that Mechcom was interested in negotiating with the village to install the equipment — possibly in exchange for service.

Stroub said the equipment would make it possible for his company to offer high-speed wireless Internet service for area residents and businesses as well as Pleasant Hill Lake Park. He advised council that he planned to check with the fire department about the possibility of installing equipment on their tower.

According to meeting minutes, Council also approved motions to add a park designation in village zoning, appoint Councilman Jonas Bush to the zoning commission and post council members’ phone numbers on the village website.