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Council Approves Street Repairs, Wind Turbine Ordinance, New Police Officer




Hiring a part-time police offi- cer, street superintendent, and approving street improvements were items discussed by Archbold Village Council, Monday evening, June 16.

Marvin Zumfelde Jr., Napoleon was hired as a probationary part-time police officer. Martin Schmidt, Archbold Police chief, said, “Zumfelde is experienced. His background check was fine.” He left police work to drive truck.

Dennis Howell, village administrator, said Zumfelde has “a heck of a lot of experience” in police work.

Streets

Bob Seaman, village engineer, said separations of the street surface on North Defiance Street intersections will be removed and repaired this summer. Crosswalk work will be completed at night.

Gerken Asphalt Paving, Inc. will repair and paint the North Defiance-Stryker Street and North Defiance-Holland Street intersections at a cost of $32,525.

Three concrete street repair projects estimated to cost $188,000 were approved. Included were West Street, south of Barre Road, and the west portion of Monterey Court and Bankey Avenue between Stryker and West Holland streets.

Payment to the Archbold Com- munity Improvement Corporation for up to $240,000 for repairs and improvements to Nolan Parkway was approved. The Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center plans a building on Nolan Parkway.

Passed unanimously was the appointment of Jason Martz to village superintendent of streets. A long-time employee of the village street department, Martz replaces Grant Bernath who retired this year.

Kevin Eicher, Jeff Fryman, and Ed Leininger, councilmen, said community residents have made good comments about Martz’s job performance. Martz attended the meeting.

Council accepted an application for property tax abatement from Lugbill Bros., Inc., for lots in the Archbold Industrial Park. The company will build metal structures for leasing.

Wind Turbine

A wind turbine ordinance was passed unanimously. The new law regulates the installation and use of wind turbines within the village. It was discussed at two previous council meetings. Briefly discussed was information from Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers.

Currently, the corporation has a $65 million building project in Bryan, and plans no improvements in Archbold.

Between 20 and 30 employees from the Bryan are now working in the Archbold building due to the Bryan construction.

Officials of the hospital corporation requested access to reduced-rate, bank-qualified fi- nancing through the Village of Archbold.

The financing method is available to public entities such as villages. Hospitals can access the money through public entities, Howell said.

Council approved CHWC’s request.

After the meeting, council members, county commissioners, and German Township Trustees toured Archbold by bus. They visited parks, industrial, retail, and residential areas.

Brad Grime, councilman, was absent. The next council meeting is Monday, July 7.


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