- MAIN STREET/E. CANAL STREET WATERLINE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT:
A pre-construction meeting was held with Bryan Excavating, LLC on August 1, 2019, on the waterline project. The total project cost is estimated to be $305,000.00 which includes the section of S. Main Street waterline from Daggett to Canal and from E. Canal at S. Erie to Water Plant Drive. It is anticipated that construction will start the first week in October with substantial completion set for November 15, 2019, and close out by December 13, 2019, weather permitting.
DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AT PARK:
A pre-construction meeting was held with B. Hill’z Excavating of Wayne, Ohio on July 25, 2019, on the drainage project at Riverside Park. The project contract is for $24,590.00. 5 catch basins and 360 feet of 10” storm line will be installed around the playground and pavilion structures. It is anticipated construction should start the third or fourth week of August and be completed, weather permitting by September 20, 2019.
EPA HAS SCHEDULED A WATER PLANT VISIT ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2019:
The Bowling Green District Office Ohio EPA has notified this writer that they will be inspecting the Village’s water system on September 5, 2019. These inspections are normally scheduled every 3 to 5 years and encompasses every aspect of the operation of the water system. As you recall the last visit in 2016 resulted in the water plant improvements that were required by EPA.
One requirement was the development of a water asset management plan which the Village has had completed with the assistance of Poggemeyer Design Group. This plan was noted by EPA to be reviewed during their September visit.
The water tower tank was inspected by Nelson Tanks of Lansing, Michigan on August 1, 2019, this is also a requirement of EPA and that report should be available to the Village and EPA before the September 5th visit. A robotic submarine type vessel was able to inspect the inside of the tank without requiring the tank to be completely drained. Pictures were taken of the inside and out of the tank, and it has been noted by Nelson that their recommendation will be that the tank be painted in the next few years and that a few corrosive spots were noted on the interior of the tank. Until the formal report is received, this writer is unsure of all recommendations, but it appears the tank, put into service in 2007, is in good shape.
Both this writer and water operator Curtis Nestleroad are gathering all reports and records noted by our EPA representative that they will want to inspect on September 5th.
BUS BARN APPRAISAL WAS RECEIVED:
I received the appraisal on the bus barn from Northwest Appraisal Company of Defiance, Ohio. The appraised value was noted as $35,000.00. I would ask that council make a decision whether we can go forward with the advertisement for the sale of the building. I would also like to have discussion on if we can use the proceeds from the sale to construct a pole barn to house village property used by the water and sewer plant.
ORDINANCE ON AMENDING AGREEMENT WITH NAZARENE CHURCH TO EXTEND LAND DONATION TIMELINE:
In negotiations with the Community Church/Advisory Board, Northwestern Ohio District Church of the Nazarene to grant an additional 3 years to develop the roadway and infrastructure improvements to the optioned land currently held by the Village of Antwerp. The original agreement called for the land donated to the Village to be developed within 7 years of the date of land conveyance which was recorded on June 7, 2013. Without an extension of the original donation, the property is to go back to the church in 2020. In order to accept this additional 3 years, an ordinance needs to be passed to allow the Mayor to entered into an amended donation agreement and also sign the General Warranty Deed. The Antwerp Community Improvement Corporation has been working to put in place requirements to extend this ownership of this land along with an amended TIF (Tax Increment Financing) agreement so they can apply for funding to get a road and water and sewer to the optioned property. More discussion will be held with council on the structure of how the Village and CIC can work together to get this done as the CIC gets all required documents developed.