COLUMBUS GROVE — Recently, the village’s street sweeper became permanently disabled. Village workers have been renting and testing replacement street sweepers on the town’s streets, the cost of which has been covered by insurance. However, due to how the village’s insurance coverage was set-up, purchasing a new or used street sweeper will likely require council to approve a healthy contribution from the general fund.

Insurance is only providing $26,824.17 for the disabled street sweeper. The reason, according to Administrator Jeff Vance, is because the insurance policy only called for ‘stated value amount,’ and not ‘replacement cost coverage.’

This means that if the insurance company can find a comparable street sweeper in terms of the make, model, year it was built, and operating condition, the payout will be based on the value of that piece of equipment. Initially, this resulted in the insurance company only offering around $19,000. Mr. Vance challenged that initial assessment, resulting in the aforementioned increase to just under $27,000.

“We are re-evaluating,” Mr. Vance says of this experience. “I got ahold of our agent, and I told him, ‘We need to sit down and go through everything that the village owns,’ to make sure that we are where we think we are. Because I believe the only thing we have ‘replacement cost’ coverage on is the fire truck we purchased in the spring.”

This does not mean that the village will switch all of its equipment to ‘replacement cost’ coverage. “We’ll have to see what the premiums are,” Mr. Vance says. “Then, we’ll have to weigh the costs.”

In the meantime, one more street sweeping unit will be tested within the village, and then a recommendation will be made to council regarding a possible new purchase.

Equipment at the water treatment plant is also in need of replacing. The tray system of the current aerator, which works to cut down on the sulfur and smell in the village’s drinking water, was most recently rebuilt in 1997, according to Mr. Vance.

At that time, native lumber was used to build the tray system, along with plastic spears to break apart the water and release most of the sulfur into the air. Both this tray system, and connected piping, has been repeatedly patched and repaired over the years. During a spring inspection conducted by the State EPA, it was recommended that the system be replaced or more extensively repaired.

The tray system will soon be replaced with a stainless steel system, the design of which has already received State EPA approval. The related piping will be replaced as well. The combined replacement cost of the new system will be around $17,000.

While the system is being replaced, residents may notice an increase in sulfur smell in their water for a day or so, and no other impact related to the potability of the water is expected. “The water is still tested,” Mr. Vance said, “We’ll test every day, just like we normally do, to make sure the water is safe for drinking and everything else.”

In other village news:

• Leaf pickup in the village remains a week or two out, according to Mr. Vance. Residents may also deliver their own yard waste to the composting facility should they wish to do so;

• Mr. Vance and Mayor Wright conducted their own Plum Creek walk-through this week, more details will be forthcoming;

• Officer Russell Lammers, OVERSET FOLLOWS:who recently resigned from the Columbus Grove Police Department, has decided to return to service with the GCPD. He will be sworn back into duty on Nov. 7;

• Council also approved Chief Hiler to hire a new part-time officers.

The next regular meeting of the Columbus Grove Village Council will take place on Monday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public, and they are invited to attend.