Conceptual drawing of park.
Conceptual drawing of park.

COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove council members reviewed a preliminary estimate for development of the Uptown Commons park at the intersection of High and Sycamore Streets during Monday’s meeting.

The estimate included grading, a stamped concrete sidewalk, decorative lighting, benches, yard drains, a pergola and brick pavers. The maximum projected cost for this development was estimated at nearly $100,000.

Looking over the list, council members agreed there were areas where they could possibly cut costs.

“But we do want it to look nice,” said council member Skyler Mayberry. “It is a focal point for the community and that is important.”

The lot, now owned by the village, was the former site of Christie’s on the Square. The building sustained substantial damage during the June 2012 derecho and had to be torn down.

“We have to decide if we plan on moving forward with this and how fast,” said Mayor Ken Wright. He said some people had indicated they want to donate toward the project, but first wanted to know the approximate cost.

“Now we know that,” said Wright. “What is the next step?” Everyone agreed the next step was to proceed with taking donations and donations-in-kind for the project.

Mayberry said this would not be a park of names, where donors have their names on plaques in the park.

“We plan to honor all of these people, businesses and organizations, during the dedication of the park,” Mayberry said.

Anyone wanting more information on donating for the Uptown Commons Park can call 419-659-5157.

Further discussion was held on the sewer rates for the village and the possible purchase of digital water meters. During the Feb. 24 meeting council members were given a $360,000 estimate to purchase 900 digital meters for the community.

Council member Pete Langhals questioned if the purchase of new meters was necessary. He said what council has to consider is it takes so much to run the water and sewer department and how are they going to generate the money to raise this amount. He questioned if spending $360,000 was the way.

During the Feb. meeting it was indicated a lot of water is being used but not billed, indicating the current meters are inaccurate.

Some council members felt they needed to purchase the new meters so people are accurately billed for what they use. No decision was made as council is waiting for village administrator Jeff Vance’s report from other communities that use the digital meters.

Council also approved a resolution placing a ten percent penalty on homes that the community has to tear down. During last month’s meeting council member Mark Kohls had said there needed to be some type of penalty when people choose not to do the work themselves and make the community do it. The ten percent is on the cost to Columbus Grove to tear down the structure.

Council also approved a resolution officially to have a sesquicentennial committee chair person and committee.