Archbold Village Council approved the purchase of an easement that will connect Rosewood Court to the Woodland Park perimeter sidewalk, Monday, May 2.
After meeting in executive session for about 20 minutes, council agreed to spend $34,000 to purchase a 10-foot easement between properties owned by Kelly Ducey, 241 Rosewood Court, and Tracy Kuhlman, 224 Rosewood Court.
The easement will be 10 feet wide– 5 feet on both sides of the property line. Plans are to build a 5-foot wide sidewalk centered on the property line.
Bob Seaman, village engineer, said plans for the sidewalk have not been prepared, but he expects construction to be completed in 2016.
Councilmen also held the second reading on a new village ordinance requiring property owners to remove snow and ice from sidewalks in front of their properties within 48 hours after a snowfall.
Kevin Morton, a councilman, asked about the village priority in snow removal.
Dennis Howell, village administrator, said priorities, in order, are: emergency services (fire-rescue, police), water and wastewater, main streets, side streets, then intersections.
Morton asked if that is the proper priority.
He said a homeowner may wonder why he must clear his sidewalk if the sidewalks are plowed shut at intersections.
Howell said the village would have to buy small equipment to clear sidewalks at intersections after heavy snows, and it would be difficult to send city crews, who had been working 18 hours straight, to clear the sidewalks at intersections.
Kevin Eicher, a councilman, said he had a vision where residents would be kind enough to clear the snow piled at intersections to help out Jason Martz, village superintendent of streets.
Eicher suggested the village could give out something at the end of the year for helping out with snow removal.
But, Ed Leininger, another councilman, said some of the piles at intersection are sometimes too big for a resident to tackle with a shovel.
While village officials said they would work with residents on enforcing the new ordinance, it does carry the potential of a fine of up to $500.
Council approved the bid of A&A Safety, Amelia, to install imprinted thermoplastic pavement markings and coloring for the downtown intersections of North Defiance Street with Stryker and Williams streets.
The company bid the job at $171,890, below the engineer’s estimate of $181,750.
The only other bid was offered by Gerken Asphalt Paving, Napoleon, at $192,225.
Morton asked how long the thermoplastic material would last. Seaman said it would probably last as long as the pavement.
All councilmen were present, and all votes were unanimous.
The next meeting is Monday, May 16, 7 pm, in council chambers.