KALIDA — Two new part-time officers were sworn into service with the Kalida Police Department during Monday evening’s council meeting. They are Sean Hiler, who also serves as Chief of Police in Columbus Grove, and Trevor Williamson. Their hiring brings the department to four officers in total.

With their hiring, Kalida Police Chief Jim Gulker also informed council of his intention to purchase a second body camera at an approximate cost of $1,550, which includes a three-year warranty. Currently, all officers share the village’s sole body camera. The cost of the new body camera will be paid for through the department’s current budget.

Representatives from the Kalida Lions Club provided council with an update on their grant efforts in regards to Foggy and Four Seasons Parks. They first reviewed Phase I of the greenspace grant, noting that the in-kind contributions from Lions Club volunteers had exceeded expectations.

The Phase I project was projected to cost $800,000. To-date, $668,432 has been paid towards project costs, with $450,000 coming from an Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant of $550,000. Additional invoices connected to the project are expected to be submitted soon, likely totaling the remainder of the available grant funds.

Once all grant reimbursements are received, the village’s contribution to the project is expected to be near its $100,000 commitment. Organizers believe they will have the financial aspect of Phase I wrapped-up by the end of the year, with Bill Rieman commenting that “Everything seems to be pretty-well right in-line and on-budget.”

Discussion then turned to Phase II and Phase III projects, which have been merged into a single project at the suggestion of the OPWC grant review board. As those discussions involve the possible purchase of property, council entered into executive session and made no announcement following.

Prior to the executive session, council members and Mayor Al Gerdeman praised the Lions Club for their recent work with grating and seeding along the walking path and other improvements to Froggy Park.

Council also heard updates to the Walnut St. project. The curbs have been completed, and sidewalks should be finished by the end of this week. Hohenbrink, the contractor on the project, then hopes to have paving complete by the end of next week. The project should be wrapped up in two to three weeks.

Information on two infrastructure projects that were submitted to OPWC for grant funding was also provided by village engineer Greg Bockrath. The widening of Third Street, needed for the construction of a new village hall, will receive $105,000 out of an asked-for $125,000 in grant funding. The remaining $145,000 estimated for the project will come from a zero-interest loan. The village should receive a funding agreement by July of next year. The project will then go to bid in the fall of 2020 or spring of 2021 for completion before Pioneer Days in 2021.

The construction of a new wastewater treatment plant was also submitted for grant funding by the OPWC and for Small Government grant funding as well. The project did not receive funding from either source, though at least $143,000 in zero-interest loan funds should be available through the Small Government fund.

The next meeting of the Kalida Village Council will take place on Monday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public, and they are invited to attend.