COLUMBUS GROVE — Two visitors brought good news to Columbus Grove officials during their Monday council meeting.
Croy, Putnam County CIC director, announced St. Rita’s will be
operating a medical facility to be built in the village. Chas Myers,
director of Putnam County Habitat for Humanity, announced they plan to
build their seventh house house in Columbus Grove if they can find an
affordable, suitable lot.
Croy was present at the meeting to ask
the village for approval of a CRA agreement. He indicated Glynwood
Management and Development Company will own the medical facility. It
will be built on SR 65, on the south edge of town on the southwest
corner SR 65 and Progressive Drive. St. Rita’s will operate the facility
which will include four full time employees with an estimated annual
payroll of $240,000. Croy said this will be a family practice facility.
members approved the CRA (Community Reinvestment Area) agreement which
provides a 15-year, 75 percent tax exemption on the real property.
told council they are currently working with a real estate agent to
find a suitable and affordable property in Columbus Grove for their next
house. He said Putnam County Habitat for Humanity have signed a partner
agreement with Jodi Young and that she would like to live in Columbus
Grove since this is where she attends church and it is closer to her
place of employment.
“We will be approaching your service groups
and churches because we need volunteers to swing hammers and cook
meals,” Myers said. He also told council members there were safeguards
in who owns the property.
“If the partner family decides to sell the house we have right of first refusal on who they sell it to,” he said.
chief Nick Gilgenbauch told council a ‘repair or demolish’ letter had
been sent to the owner of the property on the southeast corner of Main
and Cross Streets.
“This house has issues way beyond hoarding,” Gilgenbauch said. “There are severe structure issues.”
review hearing has been set for 7 p.m., Feb. 10 in the municipal
building. The mayor told council they should all attend so the
information provided during the hearing does not have to be repeated
during the council meeting. This meeting will be held immediately
following the hearing.
Council member Skyler Mayberry said they
are circulating the conceptual plans for the proposed park at the corner
of High (SR12) and Sycamore Street. He said they have had it at ball
games and the Union Bank and received a lot of interest.
clerk Sandy Langhals discussed the need to change the village’s way they
pay officials. She said the wording that makes it a salaried position
is correct, but the deductions for meetings missed needed to be reworded
Council member Pete Langhals said it was important to
have some type of wording that addresses a deduction of pay when
meetings are missed.
“Otherwise it is easy to abuse the office and not attend meetings,”he said.
Langhals said she would find out the correct wording to use.
administrator Jeff Vance said they may have another contractor who is
interested in doing a housing development on Hall Avenue.
said the city building leak problem was around the vent. As soon as the
weather allows the leak will be fixed and renovations to the clerk’s
office will be done.
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