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