The Archbold Community Improvement Corporation, which deals with economic development in the village, will spend up to $4,000 to promote job opportunities with Ruralogic, an information technology company.
Jim Wyse, Archbold mayor, gave Archbold Village Council that information at its Monday, May 2 meeting. Wyse was reporting on an April 25 meeting of the village economic development committee.
Wyse said so far, Ruralogic has 35 employees. Other potential employees are in class at Northwest State Community College. Of current employees, plus those currently undergoing training, five are from Fulton County.
The bulk of the company’s employees have come from Defiance and Williams counties, but Wyse said, “it’s starting to even out across the four-county area,” he said.
The money will go toward promoting Ruralogic’s job opportunities targeting Archbold and Fulton County.
A meeting between government officials, representatives of Ruralogic, and NSCC personnel was scheduled for yesterday, Tuesday. More Trees
In reporting on the village street tree committee, also known as the tree board, Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, told council the village will purchase 50 additional trees to add to this year’s spring planting schedule. In total, about 180 trees will be planted.
The tree board met Thursday, April 7.
Howell said because the village got “a good deal” on trees, state officials urged Archbold to use the remainder of $4,500 in grant money to buy additional trees in connection with efforts to replace ash trees taken down in the village.
The village must match the grant money with $4,500 of local money, “but we budgeted for that,” Howell said.
“A lot will pop up in Woodland Park. There’s a need for them out there,” Howell said.
A schedule for removal of trees on village property was also approved. Road Salt
Council approved allowing the village to participate in the Ohio Department of Transportation contract for road salt for the coming winter season.
Under the program, Archbold can purchase ice-melting salt at the same price quoted to ODOT. Archbold has purchased salt through the state contract for two years.
Council met in executive session for about seven minutes to discuss a legal matter. No action resulted from the closed-door meeting when council returned to regular session.
Vaughn Bentz, councilman, was absent.
The next council meeting is Monday, May 15, 7 pm, in council chambers.–David Pugh