|Auglaize Street Reconstruction project ahead of schedule|
|Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:00 AM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
OTTOVILLE — Village council met for its regularly-scheduled monthly meeting Monday night to discuss the Auglaize Street construction project, five-year Capital Improvement Plan, approval of an array of fiscal matters and awarding a tree removal contract.
Brian Goubeaux of Choice One Engineering gave an update on the Auglaize Street reconstruction project, which is ahead of schedule. Goubeaux reported that construction is ongoing and that sewer water laterals are in. He said there are two pipes that need a change order from 3/4-inch pipe to one-inch pipe, which is the existing pipe size.
Mayor Ron Miller said that the crews are all done with the water and water pressure seems to be fine.
“Have had no complaints,” Miller said. “As far as I know, everything’s going well without a glitch.”
“The switch over went well,” Goubeaux explained. ”Only had a few calls on Monterey Street with fiber optics.”
The next step is to remove the curb stakes, get the road torn out and the new curb in. The paving will follow and be completed around the Oct. 1 completion deadline.
“So far it’s been a pretty smooth job,” Goubeaux said. “They are keeping the dust down and the area clean.”
Goubeaux also addressed the five-year Capital Improvement Resolution which allows an Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) application to be filed by Choice One Engineering for the Village. He thought applying for Bendle Edition improvements, which may cost $500,000 and another smaller project—slip lining of sanitary sewers for $50,000-$75,000—may be smaller projects approved by the commission.
“It’s an option,” Goubeaux said. “We’re mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make improvements.”
Councilman Randy Altenberger asked if there would be any additional costs associated with the applications.
“There is no additional costs,” Goubeaux explained. “We have until the middle of September.”
Fiscal Officer Jeanne Wannemacher reported that the Village is being audited and the auditor would like to know the Village’s intent of using sewer and water funds for capital payments, which would be retroactive from July of 2011. Council voted to amend using the funds to pay the sewer debt payment. Council also approved the Village’s businesses’ liquor licences, Resolution 2013-06 — accepting current street, general and police protection levy rates — and four easements for the allocation of the four new Village signs.
Council approved getting estimates for and potentially purchasing an additional 17 LED (light-emitting diode) street lights for Main and northwest Elm Streets.
“There has been a substantial decrease in our electric costs,” Miller said.
Council member Jerry Markward addressed the meeting between the Utility Committee, Chad Knippen and Treatment Plant Manager Steve Whittler.
In June, council recommended a September meeting with BPA and the Utility Committee—comprised of council members Jerry Markward, Karen Hoersten and Tony Langhals—and employees Knippen and Whittler to discuss Knippen’s interest in acquiring a wastewater degree and license by taking classes geared toward working at the plant.
“The schooling is drawn out over four years,” Markward explained. “The courses start in January.”
Altenburger thought they should have another meeting to finalize the plans and draw up some sort of contract.
Wannemacher said the Utility Committee should hold a meeting in October with Knippen and Whittler during the normal monthly meeting in the afternoon prior to the Village council meeting in the evening. The committee could then give a report on the meeting to council that night.
Board of Public Affairs officers Phil Hilvers and Dan Honingford discussed purchasing a new handheld meter reading gun for the village.
“It records the serial number of the meter and takes the reading of 100 meters at a time,” Honingford explained. “Then it’s uploaded and there’s no handwritten information.”
There are some other great benefits to utilizing the system, which are that it won’t charge a homeowner twice and notifies the user of missed meters and flags high usage levels. Honingford said the handheld reader in use now only takes eight readings and then the results have to be handwritten.
The new hardware is sold and serviced by E. J. Prescott and costs $13,700.
During the July 22 meeting, Ottoville resident Matt Hilvers explained to council that he lives at 391 Sixth St. and wanted to buy the property next to him, which is one-half of an acre and 77 feet wide by 192 feet deep, and build a new home. Currently, there is an extension of Sixth Street that was never developed and he wants council to consider vacating that portion — from the canal to Canal Street — of the street. Council approved vacating the street with an easement, which would be convenient if the village needs to loop a water line through the area.
“It has to be surveyed,” Miller said. “It will be paid for by the owners.”
Next Village council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 in council chambers.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:26 AM|