PANDORA - The village will not be participating as a collaborative partner in a study to determine the feasibility of a countywide sewer and water district.
During the Oct. 8 meeting, council approved a draft letter, submitted by Village Solicitor Scott Basinger, to be sent to the Putnam County Commissioners expressing its desire not to participate in a collaborative partnership agreement for the study. The commissioners had adopted a resolution Sept. 3, seeking a $100,000 grant to fund the study.

But, Pandora Council does not have any objections for the commissioners to seek the grant for the study. Council would also like to be informed as to the results of the study and any future developments regarding the possibility of this district.

Council had approved the first reading of a resolution authorizing the commissioners to file an application to the state to participate in the Local Government Innovation Fund Program at its Sept. 10 meeting. Putnam County Commissioner John Love was present at that meeting asking for council's support on the plan. After a lengthy discussion, council approved the first-reading of the measure, but deleted a section which stated the collaborative party would incur expenses as to the local share of the funding.

The process is covered in Chapter 6119 in the Ohio Revised Code. A "6119" covers any area in an unincorporated part of one or more contiguous counties or in one or more municipal corporations, or both. The system may be organized as a regional water and sewer district subject to conditions provided in the chapter to supply water to users within the district and to provide for the collection, treatment and disposal of waste water within the district. The 6119 allows up to $500,000 in low-interest loans for various projects.

Meanwhile, council was informed that four people attended an open house conducted Oct. 7, looking at the former maintenance building located on Krohn Street that is to be auctioned off. Local auctioneer Aaron Siefker will conduct the auction on the building at 6 p.m. Thursday. Siefker's fees for the auction include a five percent commission, plus advertising expenses. The property is currently zoned as R2 residential and council did not set a definite price for the building.

In addition, Kurt Sahloff, attorney for Charles Hackworth, was present to discuss the possibility of developing the southern portion of his property for residential housing as well as the water and sewer tap fees. Hackworth is proposing to split five lots into 0.5-acres size on the south end of his property. The land is near St. John Mennonite Church and has already been annexed into the village.

Council was also informed about the additional cost of the Basinger Road paving project. The cost of putting stone along the berm will be $2,500. There are six manholes that need to be re-done on Basinger Road that will cost $4,200. The cost of the manholes was quoted in the total 2012 street project, but was not included in the total quote for 2013. The Village Administrator will be discussing the costs with Ward Construction.

In other business, council:

Approved payment of $25,619.10 in bills.

Was informed a prescription drug drop-off will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 26 at the fire station. People are encouraged to drive up to the fire station and hand their prescriptions over they no longer use. There will also be a drop-off in Fort Jennings in the afternoon for those in the western part of the county.