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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 3:04 PM

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OTTOVILLE — The main topic on village council’s agenda Monday night was addressing up and coming construction and demolition projects slated to begin this year.
Council, along with Brian Goubeaux of Choice One Engineering, discussed the Auglaize Street reconstruction project and addressed the specifications to rectify drainage problems in the immediate area of construction. This includes redirecting the run-off with outlets and getting the water back to the river or creating a catch basin to absorb the overages.

One of the problems with the ongoing poor drainage is one of the storm pipes is a 12-inch diameter pipe and should be 18 and another should be 24-inch rather than the smaller diameter. Goubeaux and Street Supervisor Barry Koester inspected and walked the 15-inch and 18-inch storm tile area looking for any problems. To test the system’s structural integrity, they performed an evaluation to detect leaks in the system.

“We ran 15,000 gallons of water and used fluorescent green dye tablets,” Koester explained. “We found no issues.”

Even though there are other utilities running through the alley — fiber optic, gas, telephone and septic lines — the most feasible option is to lay the new sewer line in at the alley.

“Let’s just go through the alley,” Mayor Ron Miller insisted. “Let’s get it [the storm sewer] done.”

In addition, the new storm sewer will run centralized under Auglaize Street and a 6-inch connector will be run up every other shared property line so that each property can tap in.

“The new storm line will be accessible to everyone,” Miller was enthusiastic. “We’ll give them good drainage and outlets.”

In the near future, council and Goubeaux will schedule an open house style meeting and invite residents to discuss project and/or address concerns.
In old business, council members approved razing the Church Street house, which Park Board members wanted to salvage for storage purposes. The structure requires an enormous amount of work prior to being used.

Miller explained the first known modification is to remove the asbestos shingles and then replace the missing foundation or fill in the basement. Attached to the house is a structurally sound garage which will be used for storage. Demolition has not been scheduled.

In new business, Jeanne Wannemacher asked council to approve $2,000 from the general fund for the semi-annual water fund and $3,000 for the sewer reserve.
Wannemacher also reported that Real Waste will soon be replacing the roll-away green trash can residents use for refuse.

In the BPA report, members disclosed that a quarry pump by the lift station failed and it will cost close to $2,100 to replace. In the mean time, a spare pump is being used. Quotes are still being sought for the metal fascia and electrical work slated to be completed this year at the Fire Station. At December’s meeting, council agreed to contribute $25,000 toward the project. Of the two bids obtained by the Public Affairs board, the most comprehensive bid from Alexander Bebout, Inc., encompasses all the expected work and the estimate is close to $35,000.

The ongoing ‘hot’ topic was the Fire Mutual Aid Addendum with Ottawa village, which is an annual contract for mutual aid for fire protection that requires other districts to pay for the use of the aerial ladder truck. According to Ottawa Village’s addendum, any entity included in the agreement will be required to pay $2,000 when the ladder truck is dispatched, regardless if it is cancelled before the truck is en route. The truck will then cost an additional $200 per hour until it is marked back in service. The truck will be manned by Ottawa firefighters and additional charges will be assessed for lost or broken tools and appliances.

Mayor Miller has been very apprehensive about the costs associated with the service. If the village does not sign the contract, technically they [Ottawa firefighters] do not have to come. If we sign and they are called, the homeowner is liable for the costs and will have to claim it on their insurance. If they, the homeowner has no insurance, the village foots the bill. For now, the plan is to sit back and ‘wait and see.’


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