2007-11-28 / News

Council Discusses Cemetery Plans, Local Produce Stands At Meeting

Councilmen talked about the Archbold Cemetery and produce stands, plus zoning issues, at the Monday night, Nov. 19 meeting.

In response to a question from Larry Baus, councilman, Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, said he was asked to find a cemetery architect.

"The only person I could come up with is north of Ann Arbor," Howell said.

"It seems to be a fairly rare discipline. SSOE (an architectural firm with an office in Toledo) said they had no one in that discipline," he said.

Baus said discussions for a project at the Archbold Cemetery began in 1998. The project has been put off for road construction and budget constraints.

Baus said at one time a plan for cemetery enhancements was drawn, but Howell said the buildings and grounds committee wasn't sure that was what they wanted.

Produce Stands

In the discussion about produce stands, council members were told persons who operate such businesses in the village must obtain a permit from the health department. They must pay sales taxes, plus the village income tax.

Baus said there are local retailers who have invested in the community by constructing buildings and other infrastructure. Produce businesses only put up a tent.

Howell said he would rather have such stands in the village, because the village gets the income tax, plus a portion of the sales taxes they generate.

Council met in executive session for about an hour to discuss real estate and personnel matters. No action resulted from the closed-door session.

Next council meeting is Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 pm in the council chambers.

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