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Monday, March 17, 2014 8:00 PM


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SPENCERVILLE — In Village Administrator Sean Chapman’s report to council, read by Mayor P. J. Johnson, Chapman detailed that the plans to demolish two properties within the village — one at 210 S. College St. and one at 205 S. Elizabeth St. — is still on hold.

As reported during the Feb. 3 meeting, the demolitions, which are to be financed through the Moving Ohio Forward Grant Program (MOFD), were postponed due to the processes not being complete. The total estimated cost of demolition for the properties is $12,700; the village will pay a 10-percent administration fee and the grant is $11,682. The approximate total village share should be around $2,288; $1,261.50 for 210 S. College and $1,026.50 for 205 S. Elizabeth. Chapman is working with MOFD to clean up the ownership mess at the Elizabeth Street property so it can be demolished.

Recently, Chapman received notice that 210 S. College St. was sold to Bob Leis for $10,000. In a subsequent conversation with Leis, Chapman found his intent is to renovate the property and then rent it out.

Chapman received a Resilience Report regarding the Areas of Mitigation Interest (AoMI) — areas identified as being prone to flooding — within the village. He said these areas are isolated to the southeast quadrant of town and follows the ditch through town. As discussed during prior meetings, the village has no documented floodplains.

“The entire county was reviewed and updated to determine changes in floodplain locations,” Johnson explained.

The village has taken steps to join the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); although they have no floodplains, it will allow residents the opportunity to purchase flood insurance if they choose.

Johnson also reminded council that fire hydrant flushing will occur beginning April 20 and last through May 2 and will be done the third-shift hours.

“Customers should experience fluctuating pressures and discolored water during this event,” Johnson detailed. “Notices will be placed on the April water bill, village website, Facebook and The Journal News.”

Additionally, Chapman said he and Richard Kirk of Kirk Bros. Inc. will have a meeting later this week to discuss the water treatment plant timeline. Both the village and Kirk are optimistic about the timeline.

“Residents will start seeing the erection of the building and then the equipment will soon follow,” Johnson said.

Council members passed two new resolutions during the council meeting. The first was a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into agreement with Kohli & Kaliher for professional services related to the 2014 Ohio Public Work Commission Street Program. K&K will be responsible for putting together the bid documents, assisting with the bid opening, reviewing bids and recommending a contractor. They will also assist with the inspection of the project.

Council members suspended the rules and passed on its first reading the resolution in support of State Issue I, renewal of the State Capital Improvements Program on the May 6 ballot.

“Sean (Chapman) has previously talked about this,” Johnson said. “It’s for improvement to our infrastructure and resolutions to show the community how important it is.”

Councilmen Greg Hover asked if there was any new information on the transmission lines and the windmills in Lincolnview.

“The port authority proposed leasing land in eastern Ohio for the transmission lines,” Johnson said. “I have not heard any news on the subject.”

Johnson reported that Chapman had a meeting with Activate Allen County — who promote healthy lifestyles — where they talked about facilitating a mobile produce bus that will set up in the village once a month and sell low-cost fresh produce. Plans are still in the works and tentatively, the mobile unit is set to be in the area during the mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. More details will be released at a later time.

“With our lack of a grocery store, this will be a great opportunity,” Johnson said. “They make eight to 10 stops in Lima during the season and want to spread their outreach.”

Police Chief Darin Cook said with the weather getting nice, he wants to remind drivers to pay more attention to the kids, especially those on bikes.

“They have been cooped up, have cabin fever and don’t look when they cross the street,” Cook warned. “Drivers also need to pay attention to speeding and rolling stops.”

Cook reported other than a faulty headlight on one of the cruisers, everything was running smooth.

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