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Council Okays Water Rate Hike



For an average family of four using 7,500 gallons of water each month, a 2% increase in Archbold water rates will cost about 58 cents additional each month.

Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, said Archbold’s largest water customer, the ConAgra Foods plant on Stryker Street, will pay “thousands of dollars” more per month.

Archbold Village Council approved the rate increase during its Monday, April 16 meeting. The council utility committee recommended the rate hike.

Howell said the increase applies to only the water portion of each month’s bill.

Sanitary sewer fees are not included.

The increase was needed because the cost of treating water has steadily increased; plus, the village will invest about $2.5 million in the water treatment plant to build an ion exchange treatment system.

Howell said the ion exchange system is required due to new Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

“We need to adjust the (water) rate upward to service the debt for the ion exchange system,” Howell said.

Also, he said the water treatment plant is over 30 years old. Equipment in the facility needs to be replaced.

Lawsuit

Council voted to accept a $5,000 settlement in connection with a legal issue during the meeting.

Howell said the dispute concerned taxes paid by the estate of a woman.

Mark Hagans, village law director, said the woman had been a resident of Fairlawn Haven for several years, and therefore, village officials considered her to be a legal resident of the village.

Gorham Township offi- cials claimed at the time of her death, the woman was a resident of that township.

Hagans said there is a family farm in Gorham Township, but there was no longer a homestead on that property.

The trial court sided with Gorham Township, but village officials appealed the decision in the Ohio Sixth District Court Of Appeals, Toledo.

Hagans said the matter was settled in the appeals court mediation process.

Insurance

Council approved seeking bids for village property and casualty insurance.

Howell said typically, the village bids the insurance package in three-year terms.

Last year, council agreed to a fourth year because the insurance carrier, The Ohio Plan, agreed to extend the village insurance for an additional year with no increase in rates.

Howell said after four years, council members believed it was best to seek new bids.

Council reviewed the police department, finance, and street department labor reports, along with the Ohio Gas pass-through billing for March.

Jim Wyse, Archbold mayor, signed a proclamation declaring May as motorcycle awareness month.

The next meeting is Monday, May 7, 7 pm, in council chambers.

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