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Monday, July 07, 2014 8:00 PM


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SPENCERVILLE — During Monday’s Village Council meeting, Chief Darin Cook reported that Friday night during Summerfest, he was called to a residence where there was an attempted breaking and entering on Leis Road. He said the perpetrator did not get very far in his or her attempt because the family’s dog, a Great Dane, prevented entry and mauled the individual.

“The blood trail ran out to the road where there must have been a car parked and waiting,” he detailed. “The blood trail ended there.”

Cook collected blood evidence and is preparing to submit it to Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI) in Bowling Green this week. He said if the individual has a record, they will find out who it is by matching them in the FBI’s Laboratory’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

Cook also reported a few incidents that occurred which were related to Summerfest. He said due to the electrical outage, there were no street lights downtown and officers sent teenagers at the carnival home. A parent confronted officers about sending the kids home, would not identify himself, became belligerent and was arrested.

“He has been charged with resisting arrest, obstructing official police business and failure to identify oneself,” Cook detailed.

There were also several altercations during the festivities at the adult beverage tent on Friday and Saturday.

Cook then requested a meeting with the Summerfest Committee, the fire department and himself to discuss moving the festival from the downtown area to the Wisher Drive area.

“Downtown is not benefiting from this carnival and it is isolating some of the businesses,” Cook said. “Moving it would centralize everything, including the fireworks. It would be easier to patrol, there is more parking and it would alleviate a lot of stress on everybody.”

He also said re-routing truck traffic to Canal Street creates a tremendous risk of having a serious accident on the street where semis can not easily pass each other due to the narrow roadway.

Village Administrator Sean Chapman reported to council the source supplying most of the power for the entertainment downtown for Summerfest failed on both Friday and Saturday nights of the celebration.

“The failure occurred on American Electric Power’s (AEP) pole when the cut-out fuse dropped out due to its inability to provide the feed necessary to meet the demand of the festival,” he detailed.

In 2009, the village spent close to $50,000 on electrical upgrades, specifically for Summerfest. At that time, AEP was made aware of the fact that the village’s main panel was being upgraded from 200 amps to 400 amps. Chapman said AEP failed to ensure their feed was sufficient to meet the proposed demand and as a result, the village has experienced power outages during the past three festivals.

Since the latest round of outages, Chapman has spoken with AEP representatives who are working to resolve the power supply issues. He said the plan is to change and upgrade and possibly install a parallel feed to ensure that the proper supply is getting to the panel.

Chapman also updated council on the progress of the Water Treatment Plant and said the nanofiltration skid and the Clean-In Place skid have been delivered and placed.

“Piping and electrical connections began immediately after the units were placed in their final positions,” he said.

Industrial Fluid Management (IFM) has scheduled more materials — piping, valves, control panels, etc. — to be delivered to the site. Kirk Bothers has complete the last section of sidewalk on the exterior and the new natural gas line has been installed.

“They are now able to finish the siding and the trim work on the building,” Chapman explained. “They have also started the piping that will connect the filters to the nanofiltration skid.”

The only site work needed to be completed is minor grade work and the outer fence. “Painting of the interior block walls will commence when they dry out,” he said. “Delivery of the lab cabinetry is scheduled for the last week of July.”

The goal is for everything to be ready by the end of July, so the initial start-up and testing of the new system can begin. As of now, the plant is scheduled to go “live” in September.

“It’s moving along very well and I don’t see any setbacks,” he said. “We plan on having an open house this winter or next spring.”

He also reported that the village has suffered 38 water leaks in the system this year. Looking back at a calendar from 1992, he said he had seven leaks to contend with that whole year.

“Since we have repaired most of the water leaks, we have decreased our water useage from upwards of 250,000 gallons of water per month to 150,000 gallons of water per month,” Chapman said.

Chapman thank his crew for the wonderful job of prepping for and working on a water leak the village suffered during Summerfest.

“Each year, there seems to be more responsibilities given to us in preparation for the event and we continually find a way to get them all completed,” he said.

In addition, Chapman said he received the pollution prevention plan from Beth Seibert of the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), which is for the proposed canal trail project which is scheduled to be constructed along the west canal bank from south corporation limit to the north corporation limit, minus the two block area between 2nd & 4th Streets.

“The Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) will be submitted to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), along with a Notice of Intent form, so they can review the project and ensure that it is in compliant with their storm water management practices,” he said.

Council members approved a resolution authorizing the Allen County Commissioners to accept the proposal and enter into contract with Bluffton Paving for the 2014 County Road Program. Mayor P. J. Johnson said the estimate came in higher than the estimate which will increase the road construction costs somewhat.

Council also approved to adopt the village’s Tax Budget for 2015.

“We had a meeting earlier this evening and adopted the new tax budget,” Johnson said.

Income Tax Administrator Dawn Bailey said the tax budget is the fund that receives property tax and we have to give the county an idea of how it will be spent.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in council chambers on July 21.

Last Updated on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:17 PM

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