Archbold Village Council has decided to withdraw a request to separate the village from German Township.
Council took the action at its Monday, Nov. 20 meeting.
The process draws new German Township boundaries along the same lines as those that make up the village of Archbold municipal limits.
Essentially, separation, formally known as conforming of boundaries, would cut Archbold out of German Township. German Township would no longer collect about $262,000 per year in property taxes from Archbold property owners.
Archbold sought separation twice.
The first was in June 2016, which was refused by the Fulton County Commissioners, the deciding body. Council refiled the request June 29, 2017.
The council separation request came amidst debate over the proposed move of St. Rt. 66 to Co. Rd. 24, and negotiations over the ownership of Archbold Fire Department equipment.
The fire department issue has been the most contentious for the last few months, with council suggesting it might buy its own fire equipment.
The cooperative agreement between council and the trustees for operation of the fire department expires Jan. 18, 2018.
Jeff Fryman, Archbold mayor, said he and council had discussed the petition in light of the outcome of the Nov. 7 General Election.
Two new council members, Drew Ginn and Brad Short, were elected.
Two incumbent members of the German Township Trustees were voted out. They were replaced with Joe Short and Andy Brodbeck.
“We need to give new leadership the opportunity to come to the table,” Fryman said.
He said he had spoken to J. Short and Brodbeck; he told Ginn and B. Short, who attended the Nov. 20 meeting, that they would be able to work out an agreement.
“I’m positive that’s going to happen,” Fryman said.
“This is just the first step in showing you the confidence we have in your leadership,” he said, speaking to the new councilmen and trustees.
During the meeting, council voted to accept a change in the system used to accept credit card payments over the Internet.
Donna Dettling, village administrator, said the village will continue to use the current contractor for utility bills, but a new system, through the Farmers & Merchants State Bank, will be used for online registrations for Park Board.
The next meeting is Monday, Dec. 4, 7 pm, in council chambers.