Archbold Village Council officially passed legislation to join BORMA, the Buckeye Ohio Risk Management Association, at its Monday, Oct. 25 meeting.
BORMA is a consortium of municipalities and other political entities that have banded together to provide health insurance for their employees.
Archbold has been a member of BORMA for many years, but Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, told council members BORMA officials have been redoing the bylaws. As they searched their records, they couldn’t find agreements and authorizations from all towns.
Howell said a search of Archbold’s records failed to turn up similar agreements or authorizations.
Howell said he turned a copy of a proposed agreement between Archbold and BORMA over to Mark Hagans, village solicitor, for legal review. Hagans gave the document his approval.
Council also discussed results of meetings between committees and department heads.
Kevin Eicher, councilman, said the streets and sidewalks committee, of which he is chairman, spoke with Jason Martz, village superintendent of streets. Martz itemized his equipment needs, which include a new pressure washer, air compressor, and chipper truck. Eicher said Martz thought the air compressor was the most important need.
Howell said he was pleased with Martz’s performance as the superintendent of streets.
Eicher said Bob Seaman, village engineer, told committee members the most important need for the engineering department is new aerial photos of the village. The last ones were taken in 2005.
Jeff Fryman, councilman and chairman of the police and fire committee, said Martin Schmidt, Archbold police chief, needed a new computer server for the incar video system.
Another village server will be moved to the police department.
Also, Schmidt told the committee the shotguns, which are 12 to 15 years old, need to be replaced. They are jamming during practice firing.
There will be no need for a new police car in 2011, but cruisers will need to be replaced in 2012 and 2013.
Fryman said Andy Brodbeck, Archbold Fire Department chief, has been shuffl ing line items in his budget to keep his budget balanced. Currently, there is a surplus of funds.
However, Fryman told council Brodbeck said the department is having “a few issues related to getting people to respond to calls.”
The department may begin paying some of its personnel to remain on call when they know they will be short-handed.
Fryman said Schmidt and Brodbeck did a good job of trimming their budgets.
In other issues, Howell reported he asked the county commissioners to send Archbold’s share of the permissive motor vehicle tax revenue, which he said will be $26,788. He anticipates receiving the money soon.
He also said village offi- cials had received a thank you note from John Jemmott, Pettisville, thanking the village for staging the farmers markets.–David Pugh