Archbold Village Council voted to seek bids for a project to imprint a brick pattern and add color to the asphalt pavement of two intersections during its Monday, March 21 meeting.
But the project, estimated to cost $181,750, didn’t move forward without questions.
“I was just wondering, we’re talking about doing this, spending $181,000 on brand new pavement. Can’t we have the street guys repaint it and have it look nice for a lot less money?” said Kenny Cowell, a councilman.
“I just threw it out there,” he said.
Cowell said often, he thinks about village projects like a project he would do at home.
“If I just put down a new driveway, would I come back and do this?” he asked.
The downtown portion of North Defiance Street was imprinted with a brick pattern during the 2005 reconstruction, using a process called “street print.”
The pavement was heated, and then a large wire grid was used to imprint the pattern into the surface of the roadway.
Dennis Howell, village administrator, said after eight years that pavement “was looking pretty rugged.”
The new process is similar. Bob Seaman, village engineer, said the street imprinting is done the same way.
Color is applied to the surface of the roadway through a thermoplastic material, which is then heated and bonded to the road surface.
Seaman said the thermoplastic material will last longer than the pavement itself.
Imprinting and coloring will be done at the intersections of North Defiance and Stryker streets, and North Defiance and Holland streets.
Kevin Morton, a councilman, said if the pavement lasts 10 years, then the cost of the imprinting and coloring would be about $18,000 a year.
But, Vaughn Bentz, another councilman, said if heavy truck traffic is routed around the village on a proposed new route for St. Rt. 66, the pavement will last longer– as long as 20 years.
Council voted unanimously to seek bids for the imprinting and coloring process.
Council approved the sale of one-year notes to finance the additions to the village water treatment plant.
A new treatment process, known as Anion Exchange, was added to the plant in 2013. The total project cost was $2,182,898.
Council approved the sale of $1.9 million in notes in March 2013 to finance the project.
At the March 21 meeting, Howell said the village would sell $1 million in notes, paying off $300,000 in debt.
Howell said council will solicit bids from the two local banks for the notes.
Jeff Fryman, mayor, said he had heard comments that since many of the officers on the Archbold Police Department are new, people don’t know who they are.
To address the problem, Fryman said an event known as “Coffee with the Cops” is set for Tuesday, April 12, from 6 to 8 pm at the Ruihley Park Pavilion.
In other law enforcement news, council was presented with the 2015 annual statistics for Fulton County for the Multi Area Narcotics Task Force.
The MAN Unit, which works only drug cases, is staffed and funded by various jurisdictions in the four-county area. Archbold rejoined the unit in February 2015.
In addition to providing money, Archbold dedicates one officer to work full-time with the unit.
Statistics indicate that during 2015, the MAN Unit worked 80 cases in Fulton County involving 64 people.
The unit served 10 search warrants, conducted 23 other searches, and cleaned up one methamphetamine lab or dumpsite.
Fryman noted that while the Unit’s meth lab investigations were down in 2015 when compared to 2014, cases involving heroin increased.
“The MAN Unit is appreciative of our involvement,” Fryman said.
During the meeting, council met in executive session for about eight minutes. Stated reason for the closed-door session was property matters.
No action resulted from the executive session when council returned to regular session.
The next meeting is Monday, April 4, 7 pm, in council chambers.