KALIDA — Concerns about flooding, and the new preliminary flood maps
released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), aren’t
confined to the Village of Ottawa. On Monday evening, members of Kalida
Council discussed this week’s FEMA community meetings about the FIS
(Flood Insurance Study) and the FIRM (Flood Insurance Rate Map) maps.
the meetings, one for officials and another for the public, are being
held at the Putnam County Office of Public Safety in Glandorf, engineer
Greg Bockrath briefed council members following his own review of the
FIRM, a copy of which he carried with him to the meeting.
also showed council a copy of the previous FEMA flood map which was
issued in 1984. The map was a visually simple document compared to those
now under review.
“What I predict is going to happen is that
people who live along Ottawa River or Plum Creek, any flooding source or
any tributary of Ottawa River or Plum Creek, are probably going to get
thrown back in the flood zone,” said Bockrath. He added that homeowners
can request a variance if they feel their property qualifies.
“I can definitely see people getting contacted by banks who say they need flood insurance,” said Bockrath.
of the Park Board shared good news regarding developments in the
village’s Four Seasons Park. Lions Club members Bill Rieman and Ron
Kahle presented council members with plans for three projects: a new
shelter house and pavilion driveway on the south side of Road M, and an
addition to the metal building on the north side. They also discussed
playground equipment that will be situated on the north side. Playground
equipment was installed south of Road M in 2013. According to Rieman ,
the Lions have secured much of the necessary funding for the presented
Adam Cupp of Fawcett, Lammon and Recker Associates
presented council with findings for the village’s upcoming health
insurance renewal. Kalida currently carries a plan through Medical
Mutual of Ohio. According to Cupp, the plan cost is projected to
increase 9.59 percent with the Aug. 1 renewal. Although the agent
presented council with other plan options, he advised them to stay with
the current plan.
Council also considered:
-Front, Third and Plum Streets sewer improvements;
-approval of the village’s 2015 budget;
funds in the viallage’s 2016 budget toward a State Route 115 pedestrian
bridge, unlees someone steps forward to spearhead fundraising for the
The next regular meeting of Kalida Council is scheduled for July 21.