Scott Schultz, Archbold Water Treatment Plant superintendent, said the village water tower, located at the corner of Oak and West streets, has about 10 years of service life left.
Schultz told Archbold Village Council, Monday, Feb. 5, the tower was inspected by an outside consulting firm, which reported the tower must be painted in one to two years.
The inside of the tank and the stand pipe have 10 years of service left.
“If a new tower is in the future, it’s something we should start discussing,” he said.
Council has been talking about the tower in meetings recently.
In his yearly report, which was submitted to council in writing, Schultz noted weekend overtime is down. He said he eliminated third shift workers at the plant because the actual time the plant is running has been down.
At the start of 2018, he said overtime has been up 5% because ConAgra, the largest water customer in the village, has been working every weekend.
Water loss– that is, water that is pumped into the distribution system but is not accounted for in customers’ meters– was 9.8% for 2017.
“To me, anything is too much, but it meets EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) guidelines,” Schultz said.
He also recognized several water department employees, including Jeff Neuenschwander, who retires Friday, Feb. 16.
Neuenschwander has worked with the village for 28 years.
Donna Dettling, village administrator, asked council to approve an ordinance that was overlooked, formally accepting the appointments to village boards and committees. The matter was approved.
The board also reviewed the Park Board minutes from its Jan. 24 meeting.
Also reviewed were the police and fire department reports.
Dave Davis, fire chief, said the department, including EMS crews, had a very busy January, with more than 100 calls for the month.
In reviewing the police report, Dettling called attention to the number of minutes the village railroad crossings have been blocked by stopped trains.
She said she plans to research the issue, noticing the time the crossings have been blocked “is getting worse and worse.”
On Monday, Feb. 5, starting around 7 pm, the Defiance Street and Franklin Street crossings were blocked by a train stopped on the siding. The crossings were clear by 11 pm.
Council reviewed the January income tax report.
The report indicated that during the month, the tax generated $477,403.94, up $23,995.14 from the January 2017 collection. In percentage terms, the increase is about 5.3%.
Vaughn Bentz was absent due to illness.
The next meeting is Monday, Feb. 19, 7 pm, in council chambers.