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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 8:03 PM


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OTTOVILLE — Greg Bockrath and John Schimmoeller brought news of support for permanently reducing the speed limit in front of Ottoville Local Schools to school board members Wednesday evening.

Bockrath, a civil engineer with Bockrath and Associates, and Schimmoeller, owner of the property on the south side of U.S. 224 across from the schools, addressed the board at the February meeting with a proposal to have a traffic study performed in front of the school to see if the speed limit could be reduced to 35 mph with the exception of during school hours (7 a.m. to 4 p.m.), when it would be 20 mph.


Bockrath and Schimmoeller would like to see the speed limit lowered to 35 mph from Road 29-Q to the Auglaize River bridge at the village park.


“We now have a letter of support from Monterey Township Trustees stating that it didn’t matter to them what was going to be across the street from the school; they felt the speed limit should be reduced,” Bockrath said. “We’ve also heard positive things from the village and police and fire departments and they are willing to write letters of support.”

Board President Kevin Landin said he contacted the Ohio School Boards Association via email to see if a letter of support is an appropriate thing for the district to do. He had not heard back from the OSBA as of Wednesday.

“I will contact them by phone and get an answer by the April meeting,” Landin said.

Board member Barb Hoersten said she would feel more comfortable with the school board writing a letter after hearing back from the OSBA and if the village would commit to one. Board member Kim Wannemacher agreed.

Schimmoeller had contacted the Ohio Department of Transportation last year and was told the proposal to reduce the speed limit didn’t meet requirements and without any further effort from the school, village or himself, the speed limit will not be changed.

“ODOT’s Safe Routes to Schools initiative should make this a no-brainer,” Bockrath said. “It’s common sense.”

In the Treasurer’s Report, Bob Weber attended the annual Tax Incentive Review Committee meeting and learned how Miller Precision and Progressive Stamping Inc. are doing. Both have tax abatement plans with the school.

“Miller Precision reported 2013 was a good year and look for 2014 to be even better,” Weber said. “They have 74 employees in Ottoville and Van Wert.”

PSI reported this winter’s weather did effect their sales with car dealers struggling to move vehicles off their lots but still have sales for 2014 projected at the highest in the company’s history.

“PSI has some exciting things coming up,” Weber said. “In July and August, they will be working with Ford for the 50th anniversary of the Mustang. They have a need for employees and asked Vantage and Ottoville to encourage students who are interested in tool and die to pursue those careers.”

The board accepted the resignation of Ashley Crossgrove as assistant softball coach and in a following motion, employed Jodi Birr to replace her.

In Principal Jon Thorbahn’s High School Report, he announced another OGT session was completed with sophomores as well as a successful Putnam County Arts Festival hosted by the school on March 9.

In other high school news:

– Six students will compete at District Science Fair hosted by UNOH on Saturday;

— Seniors will enjoy their class trip to New York City April 3-5; the high school musical will be offered April 11-12 and the school’s instrumental and vocal concert will be held on April 13.

Superintendent and Elementary Principal Scott Mangas gave the rescheduled date of April 2 for kindergarten screening.

“We had to postpone that due to the weather,” he said. “We have 38 prospective kindergarten students to screen.”

The third grade will offer its Wax Museum at 8:10 a.m. on March 25 in the auditeria and the fifth- and sixth-grade basketball tournament will be held March 28-30.

He also announced a county-wide collaboration for “Straight A Funding” to expand STEM and online offerings.

The next school board meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 16.

Last Updated on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 8:07 PM

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