Brad Grime, Archbold mayor, and Archbold Village Council opted not to declare an emergency in a special emergency council meeting, Saturday morning, March 21.
Grime said the village is already under emergency declarations from both the state of Ohio and Fulton County in response to the threat of the Coronavirus.
The Fulton County Commissioners approved their emergency declaration, Thursday, March 19.
Other area communities have declared emergencies. Council members said Wauseon was the first in the area. Media reports say Kathy Huner, Wauseon mayor, made the declaration, Tuesday, March 17.
Mike DeWine, governor, signed papers putting Ohio under a state of emergency on Monday, March 9.
Grime said village officials are making preparations for such a declaration, if it is warranted.
Council also discussed what to do about village employees returning from vacations. Four of five that were on vacation traveled to Florida.
Included in that discussion was an approximately 15-minute executive session.
Council decided by consensus the employees returning from Florida would be told to quarantine themselves for two weeks. During that time, they will work from home, if possible.
Employees will be paid during the two-week quarantine period.
Council decided to not approve any further vacations for employees.
Grime asked local residents to refrain from taking vacations and traveling outside the area. He urged people to follow state and federal guidelines.
Council, by consensus, opted to postpone some village infrastructure projects, with the goal of saving money in case income tax revenue goes down.
The first postponed project was reconstruction in the Woodlawn Oaks II subdivision.
Council had selected Hillabrand & Sons Construction, Northwood, for the almost- $1.3 million project. Donna Dettling, village administrator, said the contract had been accepted but not awarded, allowing the village to stop it.
Hillabrand received the contract for replacement of waterlines and on South Defiance Street and Miller Avenue. That project will be allowed to continue.
A plan to construct a new $1-million water tower this year has also been postponed.
Work on Phase I of the Archbold Wastewater Treatment Plant improvements– the expansion of the aeration tanks– will possibly be put on hold, depending on whether ConAgra moves forward with an expansion project.
The second phase, which includes about $4.5 million in work, is slated to continue.
Five council members were present, along with Grime; Jim Wyse, former mayor who now works for the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation; and Dettling.
The next meeting is Monday, April 6, 5:30 pm, in council chambers.