Archbold, OH

Council Grants King’s Conditional Use Request

Archbold Village Council granted Jim King, of Royal Images, a conditional use permit allowing him to live at his photo studio at 911 East Lutz Road.

Council took the action during its Monday night, April 21 meeting.

The property is zoned commercial, so allowing the structure to be used as a residence is considered a “higher use” under the village zoning code. The village planning commission recommended the county should grant the request at a Feb. 25 meeting.

Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, said the request was approved unanimously.

South Defiance Street

Howell said council reviewed a letter from the Ohio Department of Transportation concerning South Defiance Street.

Village officials have been concerned about the condition of the pavement from the Norfolk Southern tracks south to West Barre Road.

The last major street project in that area was done by the State of Ohio in 1961 or 1962, Howell said.

“Basically, they said there were no funds available,” to resurface South Defiance Street.

Also, Howell said ODOT believes the condition of the pavement is not critical.

“I would beg to differ,” he said.

Howell said if the Village of Archbold has to tend to South Defiance Street, the village will do a complete rebuild, all the way down to the sub-base.

“It’s not on the horizon for the next three years. We were hoping ODOT would resurface it, and would give us a few more years,” he said.

There are several problems with South Defiance Street. The pavement is practically over the original curbs. Drainage in places is poor, not allowing sidewalks to drain properly.


Councilmen reviewed planning commission meeting minutes from Feb. 25 and March 31 meetings, along with the passthrough invoice from the Ohio Gas Company for April.

The meeting lasted about 15 minutes, Howell said.

Next council meeting is Monday, May 5, 7 pm, in council chambers.

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