Archbold Village Council voted to proceed with a second attempt to separate from German Township in an emergency meeting, Tuesday night, June 27.
The paperwork that Donna Dettling, village administrator, will file with the Fulton County Commissioners is almost exactly the same village officials filed with the commissioners in June 2016. Only the dates were changed, she said.
Dettling said a village officials will express a desire to have a decision on conformity by Aug. 4.
Aug. 4 is the filing deadline for persons interested in running for German Township Trustee. If someone from within the village limits runs for trustee, and the commissioners grant the village request, the potential candidate cannot serve.
Bruce Lauber and Randy Ruffer, township trustees, are up for reelection in the Nov. 7 general election.
Kevin Morton, council president, said in the end, it is up to the commissioners to decide when a decision will be made.
The decision to seek separation is in reaction to the trustees’ decision, Monday night, June 26, to decline the latest village contract proposal for the operation of the Archbold Fire Department.
The village offered to purchase the trustees’ equity in the fire equipment and establish a joint committee to oversee operation of the department.
The trustees said in separate statements that they preferred the current agreement in which the trustees own and maintain the fire equipment and the village operates the department and provides the fire stations.
With no agreement between council and the trustees, Archbold will purchase new or used fire equipment and create its own fire department.
Dettling suggested council go over a list of fire equipment that needs to be replaced and to discuss financing, but council elected to move the equipment question to the police and fire committee, and the finance question to the finance committee.
During their Monday meeting, the trustees mentioned the possibility of using the equipment they own to create their own fire department.-Posted 6.27, 8:40 pm