KALIDA — At the previous Kalida Council meeting held on July 15, council passed a resolution to have a renewal levy certified by the auditor in anticipation of placing it on an upcoming ballot. The auditor’s office has now returned with the village’s valuation and the anticipated revenue that would be generated by the renewal levy. That office expects approximately $53,464.42 generated annually for the village, off of a total village valuation of $40,930,030.

The renewal levy will be for 1.4 mills. The mill levy is the “tax rate” that is applied to the assessed value of a property. One mill is one dollar per $1,000 dollars of assessed value. The mill levy rate is determined by dividing the total assessed value of all of the taxable property in the village by the overall amount of tax that is necessary to cover budget requirements.

An update was also heard on the Walnut St. project, which has been consistently delayed due to poor weather. “I was talking schedule with Hohenbrink,” began village engineer Greg Bockrath, “And, when we originally bid-it, back in winter, early spring, we had a completion date of August 16 for having the street open. And then, around the end of September for all the grading and seeding for final completion.”

“We also had that caveat in there about the 90 days, once they start. With the delay with the weather, [Hohenbink] is thinking that if the weather cooperates, [completion] should be around the middle of September. That still gets him within that 90 days from when they started, but it’s about a month behind.”

“They have the deep storm sewer done. They’re now working on the shallow storm sewer. If you’ve been out there the last couple of weeks, it was pretty well a big mess dealing with that. All of the subgrade was wet, pushing around, rutting. So, at least they have the deep storm sewer done.”

“They’re going to keep working on the road, to keep that in shape. So it isn’t so bad when people drive through there. Hopefully the weather holds out.”

“When they were doing the storm sewer, the subgrade earth was very wet and it had a lot black organics in it. And, it was pumping and rutting quite a bit. So, we’re thinking, once we cut the street, there’s a good possibility that we might have to undercut it some more to get that subbase out. Once we know, get it opened up more and dried out, we’ll know if we can use it or not, or if we’ll have to cut some more out.”

According to an online dictionary of construction terms, subgrade is the native material underneath a constructed road. Subgrades are commonly compacted before the construction of a road, and are sometimes stabilized by the addition of asphalt or other modifiers. The subgrade is the foundation of the pavement structure, on which the subbase is laid down.

In related news, the culvert put into place behind some homes on the southside of Walnut St. as part of a planned development has now been removed according to members of council. During a recent rain event, it is believed that this culvert significantly worsened flooding for some residents.

One such property owner claimed damage to their property as a result. The developer has reportedly submitted this damage as a claim to their insurance company, satisfying the owner for now. The developer is also working with the village to identify the location of old clay tiles in the area.

A discussion was also held regarding health insurance renewal for the village. The current grandfathered plan has a renewal rate that includes a roughly 20% increase in costs. Council members seem to prefer switching plans to a ‘Bronze’ plan that is part of the Affordable Care Act. This would result in a 6.5% increase in costs.

It was noted that switching plans mid-year would also reset the deductible for village employees. Meaning those who have already reached their deductible for the year, which at least one employee has, would again have to pay out-of-pocket until the new deductible is reached. Typically, the deductible resets on the calendar year.

Following discussion, a decision was made to continue the current plan on a month to month basis, and then possibly switch at the end of the year. This way, the deductible schedule will match the annual renewal schedule, avoiding the issue for current and future employees.

During a recent rain event, some type of gas emerged from cracks and yards along or near Oak Parkway. Mayor Gerdeman and at least one council member observed the gas as it emerged. The village is certain that it was not natural gas, but its composition remains unknown. Council approved Mr. Bockrath starting a project to scopeout what the issue may be.

In other council news:

• A residential CRA agreement was approved for a new home in the Brookstone subdivision.

• Separate grant applications are in the process of being created and submitted for a new wastewater treatment plant, work on Third St., and for a new excavation barrier.

• Purchase was approved for a used street sweeper at a cost of $55,000 with $5,000 in trade-in value for the old sweeper. It is expected to be in service soon.

The next meeting of the Kalida Village Council will take place on Monday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public and they are invited to attend.