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Council Okays New Equipment For Water Treatment Plant




Archbold Village Council agreed to spend $141,734 on a new piece of equipment for the village water treatment plant at its Monday night, Oct. 6, meeting.

The device is a lime slaker. It feeds chemicals into the water treatment process at a controlled rate, said Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator.

The new machine replaces one installed in 1982.

“We can’t get parts for it, and it’s been welded and rebuilt so many times, it’s time to replace it,” Howell said.

Howell said money to replace the lime slaker was included in the budget after 2003.

There were preliminary quotes, and at that time, two firms bid on the project. Both were within $10,000 of each another.

When time came for official bidding, one of the two declined to bid, so village officials agreed to purchase the machine from Chemco Systems. The installed price of $141,734 was $8,266, or about 5.5%, under the engineer’s estimated price of $150,000.

The water treatment plant has two lime slakers. They are considered such a critical piece of equipment that new and remodeled water treatment plants are required to have two.

In response to a question from Brad Grime, councilman, Howell said the lime slaker will be paid out of a water department reserve fund set aside for repairs and upgrades.

Howell said currently, the fund has a balance of about $1 million; but he said there are several 30-year-old pieces of equipment that will need to be replaced in the future.

Paving

Councilmen approved a measure finishing a 2007 parking lot resurfacing contract that had been held open.

Bob Seaman, village engineer, said originally, village officials had been holding out hope they could have the municipal annex building parking lot repaved under the contract.

But the new storage building for the police and engineering departments probably won’t be ready for delivery until November, so it was decided to close the contract.

Council approved a final change order, which decreased the overall contract price by $31,356.58.

Council also voted to accept a revised code of ordinances for the village.

Howell said the new ordinances are basically unchanged, with the exception of the village income tax ordinances.

The tax code had to be “extensively edited,” he said, to bring it into line with both Federal and State law. In particular, the section of the ordinance that dealt with a company’s warehouses in another community had to be changed.

The law firm of Squires, Sanders, & Dempsey did the editing. Mark Hagans, village solicitor, and American Legal, publisher of Archbold’s new ordinances, did further review.

“A lot of work went into this,” Howell said.

Urban Growth Area

At the Sept. 22 council meeting, members reviewed the boundary of the village Urban Growth Area.

Under the county comprehensive plan, Urban Growth Areas, or UGAs, are areas in and around communities where new development is to be directed. The goal is to locate new development near the infrastructures they require, and prevent patchwork development of agricultural land.

Archbold’s growth area, which has not changed in 10 years, appeared to be a rectangle, with its top pushed to the right. Council members wondered why the UGA had such an odd shape, and asked about squaring it off.

At the Oct. 6 meeting, Howell said when the Archbold UGA was designed 10 years ago, the boundaries were set to one halfmile outside the village limits.

He said if council wishes, they could have the boundaries redrawn, but Kevin Morton, councilman, said, “Why create work for another agency?”

The boundaries can be changed later if necessary, Howell said.

Reports

Archbold Village Council reviewed the finance, police, and street department reports for September. Also reviewed were the engineering department and fire department reports.

In the September zoning permits, two permits were granted: one for a utility shed, and one for a fence. Neither required a variance.

Council also reviewed the Park Board meeting minutes from Sept. 9, and the planning commission minutes of Sept. 15.

All members were present, and all votes were unanimous. The next council meeting is Monday, Oct. 20, 7 pm, in council chambers.- David Pugh


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