|Village will probe Auglaize St. water lines|
|Monday, March 24, 2014 8:37 PM|
By STEPHANIE GROVES
OTTOVILLE — Board of Public Affairs officers Dan Honigford and Phil Hilvers told council there was technology available from the phone company that would allow the village to dig up a tap and run a metal probe through the water lines on Auglaize Street to find the depths of the lines — which will initially save the village from tearing up the newly-reconstructed street — during Monday night’s Ottoville Village Council meeting.
At February’s meeting, council met with Miller Contracting representative and Josh Clay and Brian Goubeaux of Choice One Engineering and discussed the frozen water lines on Auglaize Street.
Prior to that regular council meeting, there was a special meeting where Miller reported that the majority of the houses on the east side of the street were being affected, noting there were eight or nine houses that had frozen water lines and the village started getting reports of frozen pipes the second week of January. Clay and Goubeaux explained that after the water system was installed, the excavation was back-filled with the compaction gravel and water was used to aid the process.
“The moisture in the stone back-fill has traveled down and deepened the frost line,” Clay said then.
Councilman Tony Langhals said council needed to have a conversation with Miller Contracting before going any further with excavation.
All council members agreed to include Miller Contracting with the process of excavating the tap at the property where pipes froze first and then utilizing the probe.
Councilman Jerry Markward said Miller Contracting should dig up the tap and added he would call the phone company about the probe.
Mayor Ron Miller said that he had spoken with Clay, who has offered the village a 1-year extension on the warranty from October 2013 through October 2015. Some residents had many concerns surrounding the depth of the lines and Miller was ready to trench the street, which is something they may still have to do, if indeed the lines are found to be deeper than 36 inches.
Residents asked who would oversee the project.
“Choice One will be there and our Street Maintenance Supervisor Barry Koester will be there,” Miller said. “I’ll be there.”
Miller said the village will send a letter to residents informing them as to what they found and how they will proceed if any further work needs to be performed.
Another important topic of discussion — the possible construction of a Dollar General Store across from the elementary and high school — was addressed.
John Schimmoeller of Schimmoeller Construction in Kalida, who owns the property Dollar General’s corporate office has been looking at, said the speed limit study is being done and the results will be submitted to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).
Mark Vorst presented the pros and cons of having a Dollar General Store in Ottoville and submitted photos of some of the exterior areas of the Dollar General in Delphos; trash lying around and sub-par parking areas.
“Dollar General is going to hurt our community,” he said. “They don’t give back to communities.”
Vorst added the land is zoned residential; it has not been annexed or zoned commercially.
“We have three council members for it and three against,” Langhals said. “There are better locations.”
One resident said he thought it would be a huge mistake to put a Dollar General Store out there (by the school) and asked for one good reason to do so.
The room fell silent with people looking at each other.
“I think we are stringing John (Schimmoeller) along,” Langhals stated.
“There’s a lot of restrictions on that building and it won’t look like the Dollar General in Delphos,” Schimmoeller explained.
He said it can be built to the specifications, which is something council members have not seen; the specifications.
“We only asked for the sewer tap,” Schimmoeller said. “We’re waiting on the school board. Everyone should want the speed limit out there to be 35 miles per hour, no matter what happens.”
Schimmoeller said after the study was complete, he would bring the results of the traffic study to the next meeting.
As discussed during February’s meeting, council members are interested in pursuing the installation of sidewalks throughout the village. Langhals said there are a high percentage of residents living in town with no access into town and he would like to do something about it. He added that it is a safety issue. One of the first target areas is State Route 66 west on Sunset Drive which Langhals said council has been approached on many times in the past.
Langhals asked if any sidewalk bids had come into the office. Council member Randy Altenburger said there have been no bids yet due to the weather.
“We have to look at the fact that we are forcing people to put sidewalks in and we need to have a plan,” Altenburger said. “It matters how we go about it.”
“I think what we are after is to do it (sidewalk installations) in increments and see what we want to spend per year,” Markward explained
“Do we have it in the budget; $6,000-$7,000?” Langhals asked.
Fiscal Officer Jeanne Wannemacher said residents will pay 70 percent of the cost of the sidewalks and the village will pay the balance.
“Can we get the bids by the next meeting?” Langhals asked.
Council members agreed to acquire bids and present them to members the next meeting.
Fire Chief Honigford approached council on plans to renovate the exterior of the fire station. He said budget money was left over from last year and they could use those funds in addition to the $50,000 allotted to them this year.
“That money went back into the General Fund,” Miller explained.
Fire personnel feel the station is a centerpiece of the town and they want to fix it up to last another 40-50 years. Honigford described the work to be done to the exterior: remove the metal fascia, raise two bay doors, replace two bay doors, replace siding, replace old windows with picture windows and install brick fascia.
“Any work we can do we will do ourselves,” he said. “We will have some interior work to take care of.”
“How much money is the fire department putting into it?” Langhals questioned. “What are you asking us for?”
“About $10,000 more,” Honigford replied.
“$50,000 is allocated for this year,” Altenburger re-iterated. “They need $10,000 more to do what they want.”
Fire personnel reported that from the year 2012 through 2014, they have spent $40,428 on equipment and $380,000 in grant money which was put into the community. Any fundraiser money is used to buy equipment. Recently, the department bought two Jaws of Life and will spend more money for additional equipment.
Honigford said he would like to get the project started once the weather warms up.
“We are lucky to have the fire department,” Langhals said. “If we allocated $50,000, then that is what we should stick with.”
“When this job is done, will the department be done?” Miller asked.
“We are looking at street problems, too,” Altenburger said. “We will take a look at it and let you know during the next meeting.”
The next village meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on April 22 in council chambers.
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