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Monday, November 18, 2013 9:00 PM


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SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville Village Council received some very good news Monday evening from Village Administrator Sean Chapman, which was the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has approved the proposed filter — Purtrex Depth Cartridge Filters — and media and membrane softening units — FILMTEC Membranes — for the new water treatment plant project. Chapman said by expediting the project step-by-step, the village is on track for a completion date next year at this time.

“The units will be ordered and arrive for fabrication with no significant delays,” Chapman explained. “They will be fabricated in Findlay.”

As reported during the Nov. 4 meeting, Chapman, Richard Kirk of Kirk Bros., Poggemeyer Design Group and IFM (Industrial Fluid Management) met with the OEPA in Columbus Nov. 1 to discuss the revised plans for the water treatment plant. The meeting led to the agency granting the village partial approval of the revised plans which would allow commencement of the project.

Chapman said The Ohio Historic Preservation Office (OHPO) has responded to a letter sent by Julie Ward of Ohio RCAP (Rural Community Assistance Program) which explained the scope of the water treatment plant project would be changed from the original containerized system.

“The OHPO states that their original comments and findings have not changed,” Chapman detailed. “No historic properties would be affected by the project and there are no further reviews or environmental studies needed.”

In addition, Chapman is proceeding with securing a new construction administrator (CA) for the water treatment plant project and with the assistance of Mayor J. P. Johnson and Kirk, has drafted a Scope of Services for the new CA. Chapman said he has contacted Peterman Associates, Inc., from Findlay, who have shown an interest in the project.

“There are a few more,” Chapman said. “It may be a selection process.”

He said the project must keep moving and the most important step to be completed is getting copies of Change Order 2G submitted to the village for approval.

“Although council unanimously approved the change order as presented by Kirk Bros. in October, we have yet to receive hard copies which will need to be signed by our CA, the village and the contractor,” Chapman insisted. “This needs to happen quickly since the change order must be sent to OEPA for approval.”

In addition, the village may see more pay requests — Buschur Electric, Inc., has submitted requests — by the first of the year and a CA is needed to review these requests.

Chapman had a meeting with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) project slated for state fiscal year 2015. The scope of the project entails new sidewalks on Second Street and a beacon flashing light at Second and Broadway streets.

“We discussed what will be done, environmental and right-of-way issues and costs,” Chapman said. “The grant is $96,000 and any cost in excess will be the portion we pay.”

“Will there be any monetary participation from the school?” Johnson asked. “Maybe a joint venture?”

“The engineers’ study involved walking path improvements; those may be cost-shared with the school,” Chapman said.

Chapman discussed a main water line break in an alley behind North College Street where crews cut out and repaired pipe on Monday.

Chapman addressed the effect of the five-hour power outage from Sunday evening’s storms that rolled through the area. The outage affected both plants. The generator at the waste water treatment plant did not start due to a failed circuit board — which is on order and will cost $2,000 — and the water treatment plant had no power.

Buschur Electric got the generator started and the power transferred at the wastewater treatment plant and the power level was critical enough to use the auxiliary engines. Four-way stop signs were placed at the traffic light due to the power outage. Also, the Sunset Avenue lift station did not get to a critical level where vacuuming was needed. Chapman thanked his crews for that great job they did during the emergency situation.

“As we prepare our budget items, we might think about money for backup generators for this building (Municipal building), the utility garage and Sunset Avenue lift station,” he recommended.

Girl Scout Troop 20372 was on hand during the meeting to make a special request, which was to present ideas to council for the remodeling of the Spencerville Scout Hall bathroom. The request, read by various members of the Troop, described the bathroom as out dated, old looking and in need of a face lift. The group completed their request by saying they would supply the labor if council would purchase the supplies, which would cost $200-$400, depending on where the supplies were purchased, plus the cost of a new toilet not covered in the materials list.

“We (council) will discuss it and get back to you and your troop leaders with a decision,” Johnson beamed a smile.

The troop leaders explained to council that they would like to get started the beginning of January and estimated the project at 30 hours of work.

Council also passed three resolutions on their second reading. The first authorizing Reliable Plumbing and Heating Contract for utility bill collection; the second, authorizing the EMS contract; and the third, authorizing the fire contract.

Johnson discussed a question he has received about the public swimming pool, which was if an outside firm could run the pool.

“Would it be safe to say the costs would be similar?” Johnson asked Chapman.

“There may be breaks on chemicals and minor increases elsewhere,” he said. “The biggest increase would be in maintenance costs, since it is done in-house now. A firm would have to do it in-house or hire a professional.”

Village Clerk/Treasurer Dawn Bailey said there may be minor bills not accounted for in the budget for the pool, which is $18,000. She said it’s not an inflated estimate and does not include equipment repairs and/or purchases.

“It may be low, maybe by $300 or $400,” Bailey said. “The lifeguard pay, if it’s a private employer, would be minimum wage.”

“I thought I’d check and see if there were some cost differences,” Johnson stated.

“Insurance has to be paid,” Chapman said. “The pool takes 155,000 gallons of water and even at the discounted rate, the cost would be immense.”

“The budget for the pool is $18,000 - $20,000 per year, which is supplemented by gate admissions,” Bailey explained. Chief Darin Cook was not available for the Police Report. Council member Michael Bice reported that there have been people driving on the sidewalk on Fourth Street and driving down the alley near that location the wrong way.

“I will pass that information along to Chief Cook,” Johnson affirmed.

There were no committee reports.

Last Updated on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 9:06 PM

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