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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:42 PM


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SPENCERVILLE — Village Administrator Sean Chapman announced that Kirk Bros. has mobilized all the equipment needed at the water treatment plant (WTP) site and immediately began excavating for the footer and foundation of the new building. Once on site, Chapman anticipates all components are scheduled to move very quickly, with most of the components completed in July or August.

“I was able to go to the fabrication site in Findlay to look at the sand filters and nanomembranes that will be part of the WTP project,” Chapman explained. “The items ship to the site around the middle to latter part of May.”

Chapman asked that council be prepared to take official action on Change Order 2G from Kirk Bros. and the assignment of council’s right to assign any claims we may have against CT Consultants, to Kirk Bros. “There has been a tremendous amount of work go into each of these documents, so I would urge council to ask questions prior to voting,” Chapman advised. “Each of these will need to be approved in order for the project to continue.”

Richard Kirk from Kirk Bros. summarized the processes that are complete on the WTP and reiterated the delivery of the building will be in mid-May.

“The biggest thing is that there is no additional cost,” Kirk explained. “If there is additional costs, it’s at Kirk Bros. expense.”

Mayor P. J. Johnson said the Assignment allows Kirk Bros. to take action with the prior engineer to resolve any additional costs for the project.

This is the premise of the Assignment, which council members unanimously approved to execute.

Council also approved, on its third reading, an ordinance authorizing Johnson to enter into agreement for professional services for the 2014 street program.

Johnson motioned to pay the village’s monthly bills in the sum of $25,030 and council members approved.

As reported previously, the village dispersed confidential Income Surveys to residents earlier in the month which were collected last week. The surveys will be used to determine if the project areas (North Main from Sixth to North, Elm Street and South Broadway from Second to Wurster Drive) are low to moderate income. If so, the village would be eligible for CDBG Formula grant funding.

“We plan on applying for these funds to replace water lines in one or both of these areas,” Chapman added. “The survey results will be good for a period of five years which means if the village cannot do both projects now, we have the option to apply for CDBG funds within that 5-year window without performing additional Income Surveys.”

Chapman said work on the swimming pool has slowly started and crews will continue to work on the pool as time and weather permit. The estimated opening day is June 1 and pre-season pool passes will be on sale starting from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, 6-8 p.m. May 8 and from 9 a.m. to noon May 10.

“We will need to finish the baby pool, get it operational and have the State of Ohio perform a final inspection,” Chapman said. “I have no doubt that the baby pool will be ready and open for opening day.”

Chapman reported he met with representatives from Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and American Electric Power (AEP) regarding the proposed canal trail along the west bank of the canal. He reported there are several guy wires supporting poles that are in the way of the proposed trail.

“I will be staking the proposed trail location and AEP will come in and ‘pickup’ all of those points; they will then put them into their CADD system and come up with a plan to move poles and guys as needed,” Chapman informed council.

He said based on the discussions, most of the poles are in need of replacement due to new AEP infrastructure regulations. There is no projected cost to the village associated with this utility relocation. AEP estimates that the project will take them close to three months and once completed, ODNR (in conjunction with the Village), can proceed with the trail development.

“In fact, as soon as I confirm whether we are able to begin or not, I will work with ODNR on getting the areas installed that are not impacted by any poles or guys,” Chapman said.

Chief Darin Cook said a property on the corner of First and Mulberry streets was full of mold and that it is a fire and safety hazard.

“The roofing is peeling off and I can smell mold when I walk down the driveway,” Cook added. “It’s an eyesore.”

“This is one problem child,” Johnson said. “Actions will be forthcoming and the property will be secured.”

“It’s going through Property Maintenance Code (PMC),” Chapman said. “We have $25,000 budgeted and we can probably have it taken down for less than $10,000.”

Chief Darin Cook reported that he has been stripping the good parts off of the old cruiser with the intent to sell it. He said it has been burning a quart of oil per week and may have a head gasket issue.

“Toward the end of this year or beginning of next year, we are going to ask for another cruiser,” Cook said.

In addition, Cook wants to remind drivers to be mindful of kids out playing and on bikes. He said as far as crime is concerned, it’s been very quiet.


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