Archbold, OH

Village Council Approves County Mitigation Plan

After some discussion, Archbold Village Council approved the Fulton County Hazard Mitigation Plan at its Monday, Sept. 14 meeting.

Jim Wyse, mayor, told council the plan received preliminary approval from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

It must now be approved by each of the Fulton County governmental entities before it can receive final approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Vaughn Bentz, a councilman, asked if the vote could wait until a further date.

“There are a lot of ‘wills’ and ‘shalls’ in there– the village of Archbold will and shall” do particular things.

He noted that overall, the plan runs 204 pages. He said he had not had time to read the entire document.

Jeff Fryman, a councilman, said village officials knew the mitigation plan was coming, and said Scott Schultz, head of the Archbold water treatment plant, had been working on a rough draft for a mitigation plan for the Archbold water and wastewater plants.

Wyse said he hadn’t read the entire 204-page plan either, but said much of it was a “boiler plate kind of thing.”

Fryman said the report was so complex, the Fulton County Emergency Management Agency had to outsource some of the work to a private consultant.

Wyse said he wasn’t sure if there was enough time for council to put off approval of the plan for two weeks, until its next meeting. Bentz said he was willing to proceed.

Council approved the plan by unanimous vote.

Housekeeping matters were also approved.

Council waived a hearing for distribution of Local Government Fund money. The Local Government Fund is money collected by the state, which is passed back to the counties, then distributed to local governments.

Wyse said a formula was approved to allocate the money, avoiding discussions that went on annually, he said.

Archbold will receive $68,151.37 from the fund.

Council also approved transferring $100,000 from the village income tax fund to the street department. Council routinely approves such transfers to fund street department operations.

Councilmen also authorized Dennis Howell, village administrator, to advertise for bids for chemicals for the water and wastewater treatment plants.

Council reviewed minutes from the streets and sidewalks committee meetings and from the finance committee, along with the street department labor report and the finance report.

Howell was absent, but all members of council were present, and all votes were unanimous.

The next meeting is Monday, Sept. 28, 7 pm, in council chambers.

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