COLUMBUS GROVE - The Columbus Grove Village Council met on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The council meeting began with Mayor Ken Wright giving the State of the Village Address.

Mayor Wright began with the three major events in 2012 which includes the retirement of two long time village employees, the June 29 storm and phase one of the sewer project. Mayor Wright also shared the positive events from 2012, the opening of a new business Pamcakes, the elevator's major expansion, PPI doubled the size of its facility, the school finished their project, phase one of the sewer treatment plant was accomplished and the purchase of Hall Ave. land to develop.

"Concerns for the future are phase two of our sewer project, and the future of residential and commercial buildings in the village. I see this is becoming a deteriorating problem and getting worse as time goes on. Someday these issues will have to be addressed for the good of the village," said Mayor Wright.

Other business at the council meeting included stage three sewer separation project and the discussion of nuisance buildings in the village and possibly creating stricter ordinances. Council also adopted a resolution authorizing fire protection with American Township and a contract with Bluffton authorizing fire protection as well.

There will be a community meeting on Jan. 31 for the Sesquicentennial at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. A community meeting will be held on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center to discuss the sewer separation project. The next village council meeting will be Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building.