2008-07-09 / Front Page

Council Okays New Street Light

Archbold Village Council agreed to order Toledo Edison to install a new street light at or near the End Times Harvest Church, 1205 North Defiance Street.

Council came to that decision at the Monday night, July 7, meeting.

Dennis Howell, Archbold Village administrator, said the assistant pastor asked that a light be installed, because the area is particularly dark.

Howell said under the village contract with Toledo Edison, the company will install the light at no charge to the church or the village, but the electricity will be added to the monthly street lighting bill.

Rate Changes

Council agreed to adjust the rates for permits in the village.

Howell said a review of village ordinances discovered that some of the rates and fees have not been increased in as long as 25 years.

The cost of a permit to cut into a street was raised from $75 to $120.

Bob Seaman, village engineer, said normally utility companies who need to work on underground pipes or wires purchase the permits to dig up a street. The village requires permits so engineers know what underground lines are in the vicinity.

The cost of a permit for digging in a terrace, the grassy area between the street and the sidewalk, was raised from $7.50 to $15.

Seaman said the cost pays for a 15-minute inspection, so village officials are assured the terrace has been properly restored.

Also, the permits allow the village engineer office "to know who's doing what in the village."

He said there are about 12 such permit requests a year.

Jeff Fryman, councilman, asked Howell how he arrived at the new figures. Howell said he applied the rate of inflation since the rates were last approved.

Howell said the current ordinances call for a $30 charge for mowing a vacant lot. That was changed to a time-and-materials charge.

Re-Codification

The changes are the result of a re-codification of the village ordinances, being conducted by American Legal, Cincinnati. The firm specializes in reviewing ordinances for cities and villages.

Howell said it is recommended that a community re-codify its ordinances once every six to seven years. Archbold ordinances have not been re-codifi ed since 1997.

"It's a pretty big project," Howell said.

There are changes that need to be made in the village income tax law and in the village criminal codes.

Also, a 1981 village law requires the village to pay a fiveeighths share of curbs and gutters in new subdivisions; the streets and sidewalks committee recommended rescinding the ordinance.

Another recommended change is the addition of a third member to the village tax review committee.

As of now, the mayor and the village law director serve on the committee. It was recommended that a third person, appointed yearly by the mayor, be added.

Village officials have been working on the re-codification since September 2007.

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