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Council adopts new public comments policy
Written by Stephanie Groves   
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:41 PM


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OTTOVILLE — Council member Tony Langhals made a motion to go into executive session during Tuesday night’s village council meeting to discuss two new policies pertaining to public comments.

After leaving executive session, council members announced the new policy allowing up to 30 minutes of public participation during each meeting. Each person must introduce themselves and/or the organization they are affiliated with and will be permitted to speak three minutes and can only speak again on the same topic after all other participants have had the opportunity to be heard. In addition, no person speaking before council can call out an individual member of the board to comment on a topic.

Members also adopted a new policy making it mandatory for each member to be emailed an agenda 24 hours prior to each council meeting.

Fiscal Officer Jeanne Wannemacher reported semi-annual transfers needed to be made out of the general fund and included: $2,000 for the water; $3,000 for sewer; $5,000 for the police department; and $50,000 for the street fund.

“Typically, there’s is $150,000 appropriated each year for these funds,” she said.

Council passed the ordinance for the storm sewer connection on its second reading.

Board of Public Affairs (BPA) member Dan Honigford reported the tar chip roof at the water plant is leaking. He said he called Todd Knippen to get an estimate on the repairs.

Mayor Ron Miller asked if the water was dripping onto any equipment. Honigford said he did not know but will call Water Treatment Plant Manager Steve Wittler for a full report today.

Honigford also spoke to council members about the upcoming work to be performed on the fire station. He said he spoke with different contractors and Miller Construction can do all the work, from the brick facade to the picture windows. Last month Honigford asked council for an additional $10,000 over and above the appropriated $50,000 for the fire station. He asked council if there were any questions about the improvements.

“Will you take the awning off and then put it back up when the work is complete?” Miller asked.

Honingford said the plan is to re-install the awnings.

“I’d like to see detailed quotes or drawings,” Langhals said. “We’ve been asked by other groups for money and had to turn them down.”

“Most contractors had to sub out some of the work and couldn’t do it all,” Honigford said. “Miller Construction can and I want to keep the business in town.”

“By subbing some things out, even if it’s businesses out of town, it may save money,” Langhals explained. “It is the village’s money.”

Councilman Randy Altenburger said that council asked the Finance Committee to look at the budget and appropriations.

“We have $50,000 allocated for the fire department for this year,” he said. “We still have street repairs and many other projects to pay for and we cannot afford the extra $10,000 for the fire house improvements.”

Honigford said he understood and thought the balance of the improvements might be afforded next year.

Council member Carl Byrne spoke on some much-needed street repairs.

“The area of Fifth and Canal streets is really bad and the road has sunk in that area,” Byrne added. “People can’t ride a bicycle down it.”

Street Supervisor Barry Koester agreed and said the repair would be a grind and pave.

Resident Mark Vorst took the floor to express his concerns about the potential for a Dollar General Store to be built across from the Ottoville Elementary and High School on State Route 224. He said per the Ohio State Patrol’s website, a speed limit reduction will not decrease fatalities.

“People can die in collisions whether it’s 35 miles per hour or 50,” Vorst explained. “Give me one good reason why it has to be there since there are four other locations to choose from.”

In essence, Vorst appealed to all council members to vote on the issue with their conscious rather than thinking about their wallet.

“We have the Miller Construction’s agreement guaranteeing the water lines on Auglaize Street,” Miller reported.

After reading through the agreement, Langhals pointed out the depth of the new lines — 30 to 40 inches — should be spelled out in the contract if they have to be replaced. All council members agreed.

The next village council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on May 20 in council chambers.

From the Archives April 23, 2014
Written by Staff Reports   
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:40 PM

One Year Ago

Cancer survivors and their caregivers raised purple gloves Tuesday night during the annual Relay for Life of Delphos Cancer Survivor Dinner at the Delphos Eagles Lodge. A “Purple Glove” video was made of the group and will join team videos prepared to send to the American Cancer Society.


Football coach pleads no contest in Ohio rape case
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:39 PM

STEUBENVILLE (AP) — A volunteer football coach whose house was the scene of an underage drinking party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players in 2012 pleaded no contest to two charges on Tuesday, the Ohio attorney general's office said.

Defendant Matt Belardine entered no contest pleas in Jefferson County court to one count of making a false statement and one count of enabling underage drinking. Charges of obstructing official business and contributing to the delinquency of a child were dismissed.

Senator Hite awards King for heroism
Written by Erin Cox   
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:56 PM )
State Senator Cliff Hite (left) presents Craig King, Middle Point fire chief and captain in the Van Wert Fire Department, with a certificate from the Ohio Senate honoring King for his heroism. Hite presented the award during Middle Point’s village council meeting where King’s family was present. Hite retold the story of how King saved the life of a 4-year-old girl, who was choking on a Chicken McNugget. The girl was in a vehicle in front of him at a stop light while he was in Boardman Township near Youngstown where he was taking a class for his fire training. When the parents of the girl pulled her out of the car and King saw how blue the girl looked, he sprang into action, running to the car and attempting to clear the airway which ended in success. The girl lived and contacted King and his family recently to let them know she was doing well and eager to continue a friendship with the man who saved her life. Hite said King's heroism is an excellent reflection of him and his department. (Delphos Herald/Erin Cox)
City to seek CDBG funds for North Main Street paving
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:54 PM )


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DELPHOS — Mayor Michael Gallmeier spent the weekend putting together an income survey for a Community Development Block Grant to pave North Main Street from Tenth to Thirteenth streets.

“We have been trying to get this paved since 2010,” Gallmeier explained. “This is a moderate- to low-income neighborhood and hope it’s eligible for the grant.”