OTTOVILLE — A number of residents attended the Ottoville Village
Council meeting Monday night to express their concerns about the ongoing
planning stages of the construction of a Dollar General Store on US
Ottoville School Superintendent Scott Mangas was present to
voice his concerns about safety issues — school children crossing US 224
— to get to the Dollar General Store.
Other residents and business owners also voiced their concerns.
Mayor Ron Miller said that school children crossing US 224 is a safety factor and is the biggest concern.
is on hold until Dollar General’s corporate office makes a decision,”
Miller said. “They prospect all over the country and then select the few
locations where they want to build.”
He said John Schimmoeller of Schimmoeller Construction in Kalida has been working on the property taking core samples.
addressed the resident’s concerns and said he felt these would work
themselves out in time. Schimmoeller did not feel council needed to
address the issues now since the corporation was still in the planning
“I’d like to see Dollar General come in,” Miller said. “For everybody’s convenience.”
Miller said that if anyone has any suggestions, he is open to talking with them.
will see an increase in their sewer rates on their first quarter
billing in April. Council members passed on emergency measure an
ordinance raising sewer rates to 50 cents per 1,000 gallons. In February
2013, council approved raising sewer rates 25 cents per 1,000 gallons,
which increased the village’s revenue by $8,000 per year.
Public Affairs member Dan Honigford said the sewer increase is needed
for infiltration and inflow repairs needed at the water treatment plant
to be in compliance as required by the Ohio Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA). He said the funds will also be used for training another
Council heard for the first time an ordinance
accepting the annexation of 19.253 acres of land owned by the Putnam
County Port Authority located at the Industrial Park, which is set to be
purchased by Jim Miller. In addition, members heard the first reading
of an ordinance amending Community Reinvestment Area Agreement.
council members made a number of appointments, which included a new
council president, Randy Altenburger, and new council member Darren
Leis. After the vote, Leis joined the meeting and was sworn in by
Miller, who administered the oath of office.
Members also approved
Fiscal Officer Jeanne Wannemacher to attend the Auditor of State Local
Government Conference March 5-6 and appointed Miller and Wannemacher to
the Tax Incentive Review Council. In addition, council authorized Roger
Miller to continue as the village’s Putnam County Port Authority
By unanimous vote, Main Street Market’s TREX
liquor license was approved. Council also exercised the option to grant
Real Waste Disposal an exclusive franchise for the collection of refuse
with in the village for 3 years.
During the Police Report, Chief
Herrick informed council that Deputy Stetler had resigned. Herrick has
advertised for another deputy to replace him.
discussed the intersection of State Route 66 and US 224, which used to
have a 3-way light until a storm in 2012 knocked it down. The village
has been looking to replace the light and the Ohio Department of
Transportation (ODOT) has stated the village should replace it with a
regular traffic light. Councilman Tony Langhals spoke with ODOT about
the traffic issues at the intersection; drivers not stopping, etc.
ODOT has requested data about those vehicles not stopping at this intersection before they make any changes.
Council requested Chief Herrick patrol the intersection.
also discussed an ordinance for unsafe structures within the village,
which was discussed for a property at 130 S. West Canal St. Councilman
Carl Byrne made a motion to contact the owner and have the property
“The siding and windows have been removed,” Wannemacher
stated. “The windows have been boarded up and the house has been left
Honigford also expressed concerns with council’s
decision to sell land next to the 200,000 gallon water tower. He felt
there would be issues that could arise if there is not room for
maintenance vehicles around the tower. Vaughn Horstman was also present
and after the discussion about the maintenance issues, council offered
to sell him the track of land which will not include the property needed
for maintenance at the water tower. In addition, the sanitary sewer
will be extended to that property.
Honigford also informed council
of the high quote received from Homeland Security for installation of
security system in the firehouse. He said he will get additional quotes
and bring them to a future meeting. Honigford also discussed the leaky
roof and deterioration of the siding on the fire house and said he will
get quotes for the repairs..
Wannemacher reported the permanent
appropriations for the 2014 Budget totaled $ 1,672,948.66, which was
reviewed and approved by council.
Council also changed the
certificate of estimated resources and added $115,178.79 to the Capital
Fund to pay the final payment for Auglaize Street project.
The next council meeting will be held in council chambers at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24.