Stryker Sees Old Business Come Back; Gets Update On Dollar General

The Village of Stryker is welcoming two new businesses to the community, although one is actually a returning company.
The businesses were the top highlights of the Stryker Village Council meeting Monday, March 20. The council also heard a town beautification proposal and discussed the disposal of two village-owned vehicles.
One of the businesses is A Schulman, 103 Railroad St., at the old Ferro building. The company moved away two years ago but is now returning to use the facility as a distribution center. The site will start with 12 to 20 people in April with plans to grow in the future.
“The Village is happy to do business with them again,” Village Fiscal Officer Beth Rediger said.
The other business is the Dollar General store to be located across from the athletic field. The owners will close on the property March 23 and construction should begin soon afterward, Rediger said.
In other news, the council heard from Rediger about the monthly financial report.
Revenues since the last council meeting stood at $106,864, while expenses were $109,661. Two expenses caused a minor shortfall: a new police car for $25,361 and liability insurance for $13,800.
Tax collections are up 5 percent compared to last year, Rediger said.
The village will save some money by switching four phone lines to Time Warner. The cable provider also said the village office will get much fast internet as well.
A local 4-H group is looking for ways to get their faces out in the community. The proposal calls for planting flowers in various planters along Defiance Street in April.
The group also wants to offer to rake leaves for residents in the fall. Council will consider the proposals.
Rediger spoke with council about the project she applied for to receive a CDBG block grant. It is a new unisex handicap restroom at the Village Hall.
Rediger had a pre-bid meeting March 8 with contractors. The bids will be opened in Defiance by Maumee Valley on March 24. MVPO administers the grant for the county. The grant is for $11,500, and the estimated cost is around $22,000, she said.
“I am filing for ADA sidewalks for next round, and can get up to $150,000. The state is a going to a two-year cycle application,” Rediger said.
The application needs to be completed by April 5. Since the community has no area that has 51 percent of the population not of low or moderate income, Rediger will add and ADA component for sidewalks on Curtis Street to make the application score higher.
In other news,
May 13 is trash pickup. Residents should put out their trash the night before.
May 20 is a public auction for an old police car and old rescue vehicle.

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