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Tuesday, June 03, 2014 8:00 PM


DHI MEDIA Staff Writer

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SPENCERVILLE — Police Chief Darin Cook reported that there has been an escalation in the theft of backyard items — grills, fire rings and so forth — recently in the North Main Street area during the Spencerville Village Council meeting Monday night.

“There are one or two people pulling items to the alley, getting a vehicle and driving down the alley and loading it up,” Cook explained.

He said it is most likely two people since the items are heavy and there would be too much noise if they were being drug through yards. Cook urged residents seeing or hearing noises at night to call the police department at 419-647-4141 and let the phone ring four or five times until it transfers to the cruiser.

Cook was also adamant about strict enforcement of curfew which prohibits kids under 16 years old from being out 9 p.m. - 6 a.m. and kids 16 and 17 years old from being out between 11 p.m. - 6 a.m.

“We need kids inside so they are not mistaken for the bad guys we are looking for,” he reasoned.

In addition, Cook asked council to form a committee so that many paper records which are taking up space in the police department’s garage can be properly taken care of. He said they have been scanned and downloaded.

Mayor P. J. Johnson responded by telling Cook that there are draft policies in place and that he would look into the matter and take action.

Council members suspended the rules and passed on its first reading a resolution to transfer appropriations within the Income Tax Fund. Treasurer Dawn Bailey said the funds were needed for a large refund request from a local business. Johnson summarized Village Administrator Sean Chapman’s report to council.

The meeting with Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Jim Cave, Industrial Fluid Management (IFM) and Chapman at Findlay Machine & Tool went well. The process equipment is 95 percent complete and is set for delivery during the week of June 16. The delivery of the equipment is delayed until the building is complete and secure before the equipment is delivered.

The group moved into a meeting room where the draft Sequence of Operations were reviewed and the operation of the plant was discussed.

During an on-site job meeting last week, Richard Kirk updated everyone on the project schedule, which at this point, has an August completion date. The interior block walls have been constructed, the steel beams for the building are being erected and the fence along the west edge of the site along the pool is complete. There are minor details to resolve with the building, such as cabinetry colors, chemical types and quantities needed for start-up, lab testing equipment needed for start-up, gas line and meter sizing.

“In addition, Kirk Brothers plans on staging their equipment and materials in alternative locations so as to not interfere with pool parking or access,” Johnson said.

Johnson reported mosquito spraying will begin soon and the village’s machine has been tested, calibrated and is ready for the season.

“We will need to receive complaints of mosquitoes from local residents in order to justify spraying,” he said.

At this time, there are two seasonal laborers working for departments which will allow the village to get a lot of the smaller odd jobs completed and keep full-time employees focused on larger infrastructure projects.

“We plan on having our seasonal help do all of the mowing and trimming, paint fire hydrants and street signs, straighten sign posts and general clean up of village-owned property,” Johnson explained.

Johnson said Champan is continuing to work on the canal trail project and he recently sent a letter to American Electric Power (AEP) stating the proposed project is for public use and that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is able to begin excavation immediately upon successful relocation of the utilities.

“In addition, it appears as though we will need to complete and submit a Construction General Permit through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) and have a Storm Water Protection Plan drafted,” Johnson said. “Sean has talked with Beth Seibert of the Allen Soil & Water Conservation District and she is willing to help put the plan together.”

Johnson reported the annual property/liability insurance renewal has been received and has a premium of $21,785, which is $1,339 less than last year.

“This price will be locked in for at least two years,” he said. “The only thing that will increase the premium is the addition of the new WTP building, which will be added upon completion.”

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on June 16 at the Municipal Building.

Last Updated on Tuesday, June 03, 2014 8:03 PM

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