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Village Offers To Take Separation From Township Off The Table

The village of Archbold has offered to stop its effort to separate itself from German Township as part of an agreement over the operation of the Archbold Fire Department.

Bruce Lauber, president of the German Township Trustees, told fellow trustees Kenneth “Skip” Leupp and Randy Ruffer about the proposal during the Monday, Sept. 25 meeting of the German Township Trustees.

The trustees passed a resolution saying they would not collect their two current fire service levies: one for one-half (.5) mill and one for sixth tenths (.6) mill.

The rollback of the millage is contingent on two things: the passage of a proposed new two-mill property tax levy for the fire service, and there being a fire service contract in place with the village of Archbold.

Archbold Village Council also met Monday, Sept. 25, and tabled a resolution that would call for a rollback of seven-tenths (.7) mill of the village 3.3-mill levy if the two-mill levy passes.

Donna Dettling, village administrator, attended a portion of the trustees’ meeting.

She told the trustees council can call a special meeting this week to pass the rollback legislation.

Brett Kolb, county auditor, told both groups he wants rollback requests by Oct. 1.

In a later interview, Jeff Fryman, mayor, said if the village agrees to roll back the .7 mill, the village is tied to the township for fire service.

That, he said, takes separation off the table, because the village would be giving up the money it would need to operate its own fire department.

In another related action, the trustees voted not to sell the Archbold Fire Department equipment– which the township owns– to the village.

The vote came after a roughly 15-minute executive session to discuss the sale of property.

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