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Monday, May 05, 2014 8:00 PM


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SPENCERVILLE — Mayor J. P. Johnson, speaking on behalf of Spencerville Police Chief Darin Cook, reported to village council Monday evening there have been a lot of break-ins outside the village corporation limits.“We have not seen any of that type of crime in the village,” Johnson said. “One of the two individuals sought for the break-ins has been apprehended.”

Village Administrator Sean Chapman reported on the Water Treatment Plant (WTP) Project to council and said wall footers have been poured, the building walls are being formed and raw water and waste piping is being completed as well.


He said there was an on-site meeting recently with discussion on the scheduled delivery of the building set for Monday or Tuesday and completion anticipated by the end of May.


“The underground electrical and plumbing is to begin this week and the concrete slab for the building will be poured next week,” Chapman explained.

Another item surrounding the project includes the completion of the fencing separating the pool from the WTP, which will be finished prior to the pool opening on June 1.

“Industrial Fluid Management (IFM) process equipment is scheduled to be shipped to the site on June 2,” Chapman said. “Final completion of the WTP has been moved up to September 2014.”

He added that several change orders will be submitted by each contractor soon and the documents will essentially decrease the Buschur Electric contract by the same amount as what the Kirk Bros. contract will be increased. There will also be new Schedule of Values provided with these change orders; there is essentially no dollar change from the original agreed upon contract price.

“I had a brief discussion with Mayor Johnson regarding the possibility of extending a sidewalk along the south side of East Fourth Street to Dollar General, because I had recalled that he had discussions with them about this issue, before any construction had started,” Chapman said.

Prior to any groundbreaking of the site for the Dollar General, Mayor Johnson placed a call to the owner regarding the possibility of them “voluntarily” installing a sidewalk around their property. Since they were not required by code to do so, they decided that it was not cost-effective for them to install a sidewalk.

Chapman said that as the village begins putting the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program together, he felt it would be necessary to include the development of a sidewalk in this area.

“The SRTS program does call for a sidewalk to be developed along this stretch; however, it is not in the short-term goals, it is in the mid- to long-term goals,”

Council members entertained conversation proposing a sidewalk be install in the right-of-way in front of the Dollar General Store, which is a project that was not required.

Councilman John Miller asked if there was anyway to move forward with a plan since there is a need there now.

Chapman said the village is more than capable and more information — locating utilities, talking with residents about maintaining the walkway, code specifications, etc. — would be needed before devising a plan of action.

Mayor J. P. Johnson said that the property does have an underground irrigation system.

Village Solicitor Jason Flowers asked Chapman if he anticipated any residents objecting to the walkway.

“It’s a safety concern for the greater public,” Flowers said. “We just need to be creative with how we approach the residents.”

“We’ll get a better idea of the costs, see if there are utilities to move and see about appropriating funds for next year,” Johnson added.

Chapman spoke with representatives from the Ohio Department of Transportation regarding the proposed Safe Routes to School project. As discussed in the past, there was some concern regarding the proposed village match.

“After talking with these two representatives and having a better feel on what the village’s proposed local match would be, I have authorized ODOT to proceed with the project,” he explained.

The village is not going to move forward with the rapid rectangular flashing beacons at Second and Broadway streets as originally planned. ODOT engineers are going to research possibilities for “beefing up” the intersection with appropriate signage or other means.

“The project is scheduled for a 2016 construction date, with our share of the financing being due to ODOT in 2015,” Chapman said. “We will have a better idea of our share by this fall and will be able to incorporate that into our 2015 appropriations.”

Chapman reported on the work being performed on the village’s streets. He said the sinkhole that had formed at the southeast corner of Elizabeth and Fifth streets was due to a water main line break.

“The water was washing into a small void in the tile and caused the sinkhole and the crew repaired the water line by using a clamp and replaced five feet of the storm sewer tile,” Chapman detailed.

The crew repaired a leak on School Street and had to replace a portion of the existing water line. He said they had a tough time getting the valves to hold so they could make the repair. Additionally, they repaired a main water line break in front of 316 N. Broadway, which was a small leak requiring a clamp to repair it.

Brenneman Excavating was in town last week performing manhole leveling on 21 of the village’s sanitary/storm sewer manholes.

“I have authorized Fritchie Asphalt to perform various patch work of water leak holes from this past winter,” Chapman added. “The holes were too large to simply durapatch.”

He said work on prepping the swimming pool continues and the baby pool will be cleaned and painted. The state will be contacted to come in and perform an inspection so it will be ready to go on June 1.

Chapman said the utilities billing transition went well and he was pleased with the turn out and response of the customers. “May 1 was our first day of “in-house” collections,” Chapman said. “It was extremely busy due to it being the end of the month, with many customers rushing to pay their bills before disconnect day.”

Council members suspended the rules and declared an emergency to pass a resolution authorizing the county engineer to proceed with street improvements for the 2014 road program. In addition, council agreed to suspend the rules and pass on its first reading an ordinance increasing the appropriations within the Permissive Fund for the county road program.

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