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Village Seeks Ash Tree Money



Archbold Village officials will attempt to get some state grant money to remove and replace ash trees in the village.

Ash trees across much of the state have been infected with an insect known as the emerald ash borer.

The insect bores into ash trees, eventually killing the trees. It is suspected the insect made its way to this country in wooden shipping crates from China.

Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, said the State of Ohio has more grant money available for the removal and replacement of ash trees.

Archbold last received grant money for ash tree removal and replacement in 2005.

State officials are offering a matching grant up to $50,000. Village council had originally budgeted $30,000 for ash tree removal and replacement in 2010.

Village officials will ask the state to match the amount.

They will not ask for more than that, Howell said, because Jason Martz, village street superintendent, believes the $60,000 will provide a manageable amount of work for the street department to complete by the Dec. 31 deadline.

Abatements Ending

Howell said approximately $40 million in property tax abatements will come back on the tax rolls in the next five years.

Of that, $15 million will return to the tax rolls within the next year.

The final cost of the 2009 sidewalk improvement contact decreased by $638.40, bringing the final total to $16,606.60.

Howell said the decrease was due to the adjustments in the final qualities of materials used in the project.

Kenny Cowell, councilman, made a special mention of how well the street department handled the recent large snowfall.

In the financial report, the parks & recreation scholarship checking account has moved to the village books, instead of being maintained as a separate checking account.

Parks & recreation operates the scholarship program to pay fees for families that otherwise could not afford to pay for children to participate in programs such as little league baseball.

The move is a result of a state auditor recommendation.

OEPA

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency did a compliance evaluation inspection of the wastewater treatment plant on Jan. 20. Howell said there were minor issues, but overall it was a good report.

Kevin Morton, councilman, was absent from the meeting.

The next council meeting is Monday, March 1, 7 pm, in council chambers.–Michelle

Pugh

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