Expansion items discussed

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

DESHLER - Village council Monday reviewed multiple items regarding the upcoming expansion of Graminex.

Mayor Steve Gibson said the project’s increase of approximately 40 jobs at the business is attractive to issuers of grants. Gibson noted the village was recently awarded a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for playground equipment at the old park. He said the grant now just needs to be finalized.

However, Gibson reported the village was not approved in a final decision to receive a grant for an enclosed shelterhouse. He said the village will try again for the project in the spring.

Moving forward, the village is hopeful the increase in employment will aid in infrastructure projects to provide additional utility services to Graminex. A proposal is in the process for a water line loop for the village plant to accommodate a second feed through the business. It was also reported an engineering proposal is underway to develop a computer model of the water distribution system to see what is necessary to handle flows from the business.

Sewer Superintendent Brad Kitchen also reported the village sewer department is currently performing preliminary samples for processes Graminex plans on doing at the new complex.

Council also:

•Gave first reading to an ordinance establishing new sewer rates and tap fees for the village.

•Approved an ordinance authorizing the mayor to enter into a contract retaining a village solicitor. The village’s contract and salary with Jim Rode remains the same in 2014.

•Approved an ordinance for a supplemental appropriation. The measure places $300,000 in funds received as a grant for the village’s fire truck into appropriations. Clerk Karen Diem said the village has already received a bill for the truck’s chassis, which needs to be paid through the funds.

•Approved a resolution authorizing an agreement with the Henry County South Joint Ambulance District for emergency medical responder service. As before, the agreement is for three years. Rode said a few minor clarifications were made to the agreement prior to the approval.

•Approved an ordinance repealing a former ordinance, providing for indigent burials. Rode said an agreement was made with Mark Feehan of Rodenberger Funeral Home to Deshler to provide a $1,100 flat fee for direct cremation, opening of a grave, providing a marker and filling the grave. Rode added the services meets requirements under laws governing indigent burials.

•Approved two ordinances for interfund and intrafund transfers. The transfers reappropriated money within the general fund and income tax funds were transferred to the general fund.

•Learned the village’s board of public affairs is looking into an agreement with the Village of Cygnet to provide services in an emergency situation if power is lost in the village. The agreement would also allow for services for project scheduled in advance with Deshler.

•Learned Ward’s Paving was in the village last week to pave sewer trench road cuts from the past two sewer line replacement projects. The company also paved two areas on South Keyser Street and West Marion Street approved for street improvements. The village also completed its portion of railroad crossing improvements required for the new Maple Street gate project.

•Learned the village has received all of the new parts needed to repair the second pump base at the main lift station. Installation will start this week. Kitchen also reported a replacement sewer line has been installed at Pine Street residence, which also required a new sewer tap.

•Learned the remainder of the holiday decorations are scheduled to be put up Wednesday.

•Learned new trees are scheduled to be planted at the old park and pool park today. The village’s garden club is purchasing five new trees for the pool park. The trees will be planted by the village around the playground equipment in the center of the park.

•Learned interior improvements such as painting, flooring and electrical work has been started for the city building.

•Learned some cleanup and repair was necessary in the village following the Nov. 17 storm.

•Entered executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel benefits, possible litigation and possible property acquisition. No action was reported following the session.

Council approved a request to reschedule the Monday, Dec. 23 council meeting to Monday, Dec. 30. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers.

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