West Unity Village Administrator Ric Beals informed members of council during their regular July 24 meeting that work on the old water tower on Church Street are going well. The work, however, will be a bit more costly than originally anticipated. Kessler Tank, the company slated to re-coat the inside of the water tower with wax, is requesting that an interior ladder be added to the tower and that an existing narrow man-way of 14 inches be expanded for safety reasons. The added work will cost the Village approximately an additional $9900. However, as the work is also necessary to bring the tower up to code and because the Village has already spent approximately $11,300 on the tower, moving forward with the additional repairs gained unanimous approval from council.
Beals also informed council that he has spoken with both the County and Springfield Township regarding the use of a durapatcher. While it seemed unlikely that the County’s durapatcher would be available for use by the Village, the use of Springfield Township’s durapatcher appeared much more likely. Beals is going to continue to work with the township to hopefully set up a system where the Village could use the durapatcher on a regular rotation along with the township and the Village of Stryker. However, Beals is also looking into a tar kettle that may be available through auction. The tar kettle would serve as a back up plan should a rotation be set up to use Springfield Township’s durapatcher.
Also included in Beals’s report was that:
~A wash out has occurred under the pavement on the east side of South Madison Street near the Scherer Construction building. It appears that some of the storm tile has collapsed. As the Village’s backhoe won’t quite reach the tile, Council approved the request to contact an excavator with larger equipment to assist the Village with repairs.
~In regard to the 50X50 lot behind the Village Office, County Engineer Todd Roth does not believe that there is enough room for semi trucks to exit onto North Street. He also noted that there was little room for trucks to turn onto other streets as well and noted that the large drop off onto North Street could also be costly for the Village to deal with. The original thought was that perhaps the lot could be used as an exit for trucks from the alley. However, with these considerations being accounted for, Council approved a motion to allow Village Solicitor Ryan Thompson to prepare an ordinance that will allow the Village to put the land up for bid.
~The Village’s backhoe is at Buck and Knobby for hydraulic repairs.
~The big dump truck is at Archbold Truck Service for brakes.
~Several sidewalk repairs have been occurring throughout the village.
~With the 127 Garage Sales close at hand, the Village has been working at sprucing up around town, have done work at Memorial Park, and will be moving on to curb sweeping and clean up at Friendship Park.
Police Chief J.R. Jones informed Council during the meeting that Mitchell Martin has moved into a full time position with the department to replace departing Brian Feather. Jones commented that he may be looking into hiring another part time officer.
In her report, Mayor Peg Bernath commended Kamco Industries on the recent receipt of their award from Honda (see related article).
Village Solicitor Ryan Thompson also updated council on the pending Rails to Trails purchase. Because the current land description is not clear and encompasses land that falls outside of the village, it will be necessary to have a new survey of the land done. Council approved Thompson working with the Engineer to have this completed with a 4-1 vote. Councilor Ron Hausch, who voted against the measure, has been opposed to the land purchase from early on.
At the end of the meeting, Councilor Leu inquired as to where the development of the EverBridge System stands. Beals responded that the company is working on the website now, which will be called “Alert 86” and handle only the local system. The county wide alert system should be up and running in a couple of weeks.
No legislative matters were brought before council.
The next meeting of the West Unity Village Council will be held at 7:30 PM on Thursday, August 14 in council chambers.