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South Street Price Okayed By Council

The reconstruction of South Street last construction season ended up costing the village $961,506.25.

That’s $23,566.50 more than the original winning bid submitted by Heer Excavating, rural Archbold.

Archbold Village Council approved the final change order for the project at its Monday night, Feb. 7 meeting.

South Street was rebuilt from South Defiance Street to Lincoln Street, along with one-block sections of Brussel, West, and Middle streets south of South Street.

Kenny Cowell, councilman, said two of the largest increases were for the removal of old storm sewers and waterlines, and special backfill material to fill in where the pipes were removed.

Council also accepted the recommendations of the Tax Incentive Review Committee, or TIRC.

The committee annually reviews the compliance of companies who have received tax abatements through the village enterprise zone.

Under the enterprise zone law, companies could receive breaks on their property and personal property taxes if they agreed to hire or retain a certain number of workers and make cash contributions to school districts.

Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, said the TIRC met on Thursday, Feb. 3. At one time, there were more than 20 enterprise zone agreements in place in Archbold.

There is one remaining enterprise zone agreement. Staffing Changes

Councilmen discussed staffi ng changes taking place at the water treatment plant.

With Scott Schultz moving into the superintendent job to replace retiring Rick Schantz, Dan Avers will step into Schultz’s job as head of the distribution system.

Charles VonSeggern, second shift lab technician, will move to first shift, and split his time between the water laboratory and working with Avers on the distribution system.

Howell said the village received 50 applications for a new second-shift lab tech. Five candidates were interviewed, and any one of the five could have done an outstanding job.

An Archbold man was chosen for the post. Executive Session

Council met in executive session for about 30 minutes. Attending the session were Kathy Rupp, village finance director, and Mark Hagans, village legal counsel.

Stated reasons for the closed-door session were property and legal issues. No action resulted.

Kevin Eicher, council member, was absent. All votes were unanimous.

The next council meeting is Monday, Feb. 21, 7 pm, in council chambers.–David Pugh

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