Archbold Village Council approved seeking bids on the second of four proposed new baseball diamonds in Memorial Park at its Monday, April 1 meeting.
The project will include grading the new diamond, installing the infield, and storm drains. The estimated cost of the project is $188,000.
Brad Short, councilman, said he was getting some “anxiety” over spending $188,000 on a baseball diamond when the village faces infrastructure needs.
Upgrades are needed in the village water and wastewater treatment plants, and the village is looking at constructing a $1 million water tower.
Kevin Morton, council president and a member of Archbold Park Board, said the money for the baseball diamonds is coming from the Park Board share of the village income tax.
Archbold charges a 1.5% tax on payroll checks and corporate profits. Out of that money, 1.25% goes to the village coffers for capital projects; Park Board receives .25% for operation and capital projects.
Vaughn Bentz, councilman and Park Board member, said Archbold voters approved the distribution of tax money at the ballot box in 2000.
Donna Dettling, village administrator, said Park Board is doing the new baseball diamond projects without borrowing money.
Short asked board members, “How do you explain that to the community?”
Jeff Fryman, mayor, said getting time on a baseball diamond in Archbold is difficult. He’s taken his child to the park anytime from 3:30- 7:30 pm for practices.
Council was told the Archbold Planning Commission recommended a conditional use to allow a four-unit condominium project on a 1.5- acre vacant lot on the north side of West Lugbill Road and the west side Lindau Street.
The area is zoned R-2, lowdensity residential.
Fryman said APC held a hearing on the project Monday, March 25, with about a dozen people in attendance.
He said Phil Rich and Thomas Stuckey want to develop the project with the four units of about 1,500 square feet and a commons area. Each housing unit would have a two-car garage.
But, he said, the developers did not have firm plans for design and layout. Those attending the meeting were concerned about how the project would be screened from view.
At least one resident was concerned the project would decrease area property values, but Fryman said the projected cost of the project will total about $1.2 million. He described the condos as “higher-end units.”
Before project construction can begin, Archbold Village Council must approve the APC recommendation.
Fryman said he asked Rich and Stuckey to bring more information about their project when they attend council.
Council is set to consider the condominium project at a Monday, May 6 meeting at 6 pm.
Brian Huffman, councilman was absent. All votes were unanimous.
The next council meeting is Monday, April 15, 5 pm, in council chambers.–David Pugh