Archbold Village Council approved spending up to $18,000 to replace a pump at the Archbold water treatment plant at its Monday, Feb. 15 meeting.
The pump is the backflush water recovery pump.
Dennis Howell, village administrator, said the pump is used during the process of back-flushing the plant sand filters. The pump moves the water used to back-flush the filters to a holding tank before it is eventually sent to the wastewater treatment plant.
Howell told council the pump was completely inoperable. It was installed 38 years ago, in 1978.
Village officials obtained a quote from Peerless Midwest for a Peerless-brand pump to replace the broken unit.
Howell said water treatment plant workers prefer working with Peerless pumps.
Also, by selecting a Peerless, the mounting points do not have to be changed, and some old parts can be reused.
The cost of the pump is $15,337, plus another $1,200 to set up the pump, which includes the cost of a crane.
With other costs, Howell said there will be roughly $18,000 in expenses.
Money will come from the water department Replacement and Improvement fund.
Council approved the purchase of a 2016-model Ford Transit Connect van for use by water department meter readers.
The state of Ohio takes bids for a wide variety of vehicles, and local governments may purchase the vehicles at the state bid price.
However, Archbold council has opted to purchase vehicles from local dealers.
The base bid price for a Transit Connect, purchased through the state, is $21,387. The figure does not include options, upfitting, or delivery charges.
Rich Ford, Archbold, offered a Transit Connect at a base price of $22,560. Options of $295, upfitting of $293, plus a destination charge brought the vehicle price up to $24,143.
The dealership then discounted the price by $2,461, roughly 10% of the total price, making the final total $21,682.
Terry Henricks Chrysler- Dodge-Jeep-Ram, Archbold, offered a 2016 Ram Promaster City for $21,825, $143 more than the Ford.
Howell said half of the money to pay for the van will come from the water department; the other 50% will come from the wastewater department.
Council approved allowing Andy Brodbeck, fire chief, to be a signer on a new set of bylaws for a newly organized group.
Howell said the group, the Fulton County Fire Chiefs Association, had never been formally organized.
Under the new ALS service contracts, the fire chiefs will advise a new executive board on ALS issues.
Howell said Brodbeck wanted council approval before signing the agreement.
Due to retirements at the village wastewater treatment plant, three new employees have been hired.
The new employees were introduced at the meeting.
Sarah Wyse, who started her job Monday, is a new lab technician at the plant.
Kevin Cameron and Tyler Jagielski are new plant operators.
They start their jobs next month.
Also in attendance was Frank D’Ambrosia, who is retiring as plant superintendent, and Mike Short, who will take over the top job.
Also attending were three adults and five members of Archbold Boy Scout Troop 63.