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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 2:07 PM

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DELPHOS — Restrooms at Fort Jennings Park will become a reality next spring. Fort Jennings Lions Club members Ted Verhoff and Steve Schroeder and Park Board member Derek Kaverman presented a plan to village council Tuesday — including fundraising and construction — to attach new restroom facilities to the existing concession stand at the park with the addition of two covered patio areas as well. Council approved the group move forward with fundraising.

“The concession stand is centrally located at the park and the restroom doors will be visible from the roadway,” Verhoff said. “We will make them as vandalism-proof as possible.”

Verhoff assured council the structure will be out of the flood plain.

The Lions and park board estimate the project to cost $37,700 with the bulk of the funds raised through solicitation. A bar raffle during the Bicentennial Weekend has already raised $4,500.

The facility will include two seats in the women’s portion and a seat and urinal in the men’s. The concrete block building will be low maintenance; all labor will be donated by the Lions Club.

The project is estimated to begin in April.

The new sanitary sewer line project at the park, which will also be run to the new restroom facility, will get underway soon. Mayor Jim Smith said a pre-construction meeting between engineers and the contractor is next.

The village received a 50-50 match grant for $24,428 from the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement program. The project’s estimated cost is $42,525.

A sanitary sewer line will be installed from Second Street north of Fort Jennings State Bank to and under the Auglaize River and to the Fort Jennings Park Board recreation building at the west entrance of the park.

Following a short executive session, council approved hourly pay of $7.85 for auxiliary police officers Paul Broecker, Wendy Philippe and Donny Kennedy; and  $12 an hour for Police Chief Ethel Vaughn and village maintenance supervisor Ted Wrasman.

During his report, Wrasman gave council an estimate for a new water softener at the police station. Vorst Plumbing and Heating will install a new softener for $990. Council told Wrasman to call them to confirm the work.

Scoutmaster Cliff Wieging and 13 Boy Scouts from Fort Jennings Pack 230 were guests at the meeting. The Scouts were working on their Communication badges.

Mayor Smith shared with council how nice he thought the village’s Christmas lighting was and thanked Mike Metzger for his hard work repairing the downtown wiring damaged by the June storm.


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