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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 4:11 PM

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FORT JENNINGS — Fort Jennings is now a Purple Heart Village. Council approved a proclamation Tuesday noting the village as such with Aug. 7 designated as Purple Heart Day. Plans for celebrating are still underway. Mayor Jim Smith said the actual events in observance of Purple Heart Day will take place during the village’s annual celebration later in August.

The new sanitary sewer line project at Fort Jenning Park, which will also be run to the new restroom facility, will get underway soon. Smith said a pre-construction meeting between engineers and the contractor was held and work should begin as soon as weather permits and floodwaters recede in the park.

The village received a 50/50 match grant for $24,428 from the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement program. The project’s estimated cost is $42,525.

A sanitary sewer line will be installed from Second Street north of Fort Jennings State Bank to and under the Auglaize River and to the Fort Jennings Park Board recreation building at the west entrance of the park.

The village has also received a 50/50 grant for the reconstruction of Second Street from Water Street to the end of Second. The total cost for the project is estimated at $42,000. The old pavement will be dug out, a new base put down and then the roadway will be repaved. With half of the project funded, Smith asked council how they would like to fund the other half.

“I have talked to the bank but didn’t get any firm answers,” Smith said. “We can talk about that and then go back to them to see where they stand.”

The village is still awaiting reimbursement from FEMA for damages from the June 30 storm.
“I think we are waiting on approximately $5,800 and there is a possibility we may be able to get some additional monies from the state,” Smith said.

In the police report, Chief Ethyl Vaughn reported the tennis courts at Fort Jennings Park have been cordoned  off to prevent  snowmobiles  and

ATVs from traveling across the newly-resurfaced courts. Maintenance Supervisor Ted Wrasman added that a representative from Leslie Coatings did stop in the village and was now aware of issues with the tennis courts.
“He said he would make it right but of course, we have to wait until the weather is a little better,” Wrasman said.
Vaughn also said 10 village children were very happy to have seen Santa Claus last month and the police car needs a new battery.
In other business, the board:
• Re-elected Randy Wieging as council president; • Passed on emergency measure an ordinance to hire Bill Wildenhaus as village solicitor; and
• Appointed 2013 committee members include:
Sewer - Walt Pitney (chair), Greg Brown and the Fiscal Officer Pam Wagner
Public Utilities - Grace Dickman (chair), Pitney and Jeff Swick
Police, Health and Safety - Brown (chair), Duane Hoersten and Dickman
Village Finance - Wieging (chair), Dickman and Wagner
Flood Plain Permits - Hoerstmen (chair), Brown and Swick
Environmental - Swick (chair), Pitney and Wieging
Zoning - Wieging (chair) and all council; and
• Agreed to keep the meeting at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in the library.


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