|Village anticipates Auglaize St. reopening|
|Friday, September 27, 2013 12:00 AM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
OTTOVILLE — Ottoville Village Council received good news from Brian Goubeaux of Choice One Engineering, who explained that the seeding of the grass areas disturbed by the Auglaize Street construction will begin today and the new paving will be completed by Tuesday of next week.
“The project is progressing well,” Goubeaux detailed at Thursday’s meeting. “There are a few driveways that need cutback and a chip out of a section of new curb which will be cut out and re-done.”
Mayor Ron Miller said residents should be back in their driveways by Wednesday.
Council also addressed a change order with regards to the non-performed work entailing rehab of sanitary lines, which reduced the cost of the project by almost $40,000. The change order also added the replacement and addition of curbing to the project to the tune of close to $14,000 and added five days to the completion date, which was originally scheduled for Oct. 5.
Street Supervisor Barry Koester explained that the original cost of the 60 feet of curb was $11 a foot, which is now $14 a foot because of the labor intense process.
“Add additional Geo-grid and a linear foot price on a curb that had to be hand formed,” Goubeaux explained.
During last month’s meeting, Goubeaux addressed the five-year Capital Improvement Resolution which allows an Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) application to be filed by his company for the village. He and the council agreed that applying for Bendele Addition 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.
Since that time, Goubeaux has submitted the applications to OPWC for both projects.
“We may have a better shot at it than we thought,” Miller said.
Also attending the meeting was Jon Fortman of Fortman Insurance in Ottawa who discussed employee benefits, renewal options and the effect of the Affordable Care Act on the insured in the near future. Council explored varying healthcare providers including Medical Mutual — the provider the village has now — United Healthcare and IHC Health Solutions. The village has until Nov. 1 to explore their options and make a choice.
“Whatever you [council] decide to do, you are locked in for one year,” Fortman detailed.
Fortman also gave members of council information on how the Affordable Care Act will affect insurance policy rates.
“Rates will be based on a community rating and will affect preferred groups,” he explained.
Board of Public Affairs officer Phil Hilvers reported the village’s water towers were recently inspected. The 1,000-gallon tower was found to be in good shape and the 2,000-gallon tower is in need of interior and exterior painting.
“The paint is flaking off and needs attention,” Hilvers said. “We are getting a price on the painting so we have a plan.”
Hilvers also discussed Chad Knippen’s schooling. In June, council recommended a September meeting with BPA, the Utility Committee — comprised of council members Jerry Markward, Karen Hoersten and Tony Langhals — Knippen and Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Steve Wittler to discuss Knippen’s interest in acquiring a Wastewater degree and license by taking classes geared toward working at the plant.
Hilvers asked council if an agreement needs to be drawn up.
“Everything needs to be in writing,” Miller said.
“Maybe a pay raise when he does work down there,” Hilvers said. “Give him some incentive and make it beneficial for him to take the classes.”
Langhals said that everybody needs to know what all the expectations are.
Markward said the committee needs to get together on the paperwork.
“When and if he does sign up [for the classes],” Markward detailed. “It’s $650 for three-hour classes once a week for 16 weeks.”
“We can draw it up and everybody signs it. Get it notarized,” Miller said.
“He [Knippen] also agreed to stay a certain amount of time,” Hilvers said.
Council agreed that by the next village meeting on Oct. 28, there would be a rough draft of the agreement between the village and Knippen, which can be read by and tweaked by council members in November and then finalized in December.