By Leslie Noia
Staff Writer

KALIDA - Good economic news was on the agenda as the Kalida Village Council approved the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and compensation agreements for the Remlinger Manufacturing expansion at their meeting held April 15.
Remlinger Manufacturing will be adding on to their current facility primarily because of new business from Australia. The expansion will include the addition of 1/2 to 3/4 quarter of an acre for a solar energy field. The field is being bought with a $150,000 credit the company has received from AEP and will help to power about 1/4 of the business. The project is expected to be done by the end of this year and will create 15 new jobs.

Separately, council discussed the park board and bylaws. Council members brought the bylaws to the Athletic Boosters at their last meeting where they discussed questions form the boosters. "Everyone was comfortable with the final wording in the bylaws," said council member Jason Birkemier.

Council members informed the Boosters they should have at least one person to nominate for the park board by the May 6 meeting.

Council members will also be meeting with the Lion's Club at their next meeting to go over and finalize plans. Birkemier is hoping by the next council meeting they will have at least one nomination from each group to sit on the board. The park construction has been put on a hold until the weather clears up enough to continue projects.

In other news, council discussed the bid opening for the 6th and Ralph St. project. Engineer on the project, Greg Bockrath shared the lowest bid which was Hohenbrink Excavating, from Ottawa, and council approved the bid to begin the project. "If you remember they did several other projects. I don't have any issues at all recommending them for the project," said Bockrath.

BPA gave an update and shared that water tower maintenance has begun. BPA members also informed council they will be looking into changing the sewer rates and will have some figures brought to council at their next meeting. Council also spoke about the upcoming prescription drug drop off day in Kalida. The event will be held at the fire station on Saturday April 27 from 1 to 3 p.m., and the public was invited to see the Kalida Police Department's Facebook page for more details about the event.

Kalida Village Council will meet again on May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building.