OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION’S ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM:
The application for funding from ODOT for sidewalks on S. Erie has been submitted before the May 18th deadline. The village should hear in late summer if our application is chosen for funding. If funded this will be a summer of 2019 project.
PAULDING COUNTY VISION BOARD WILL PRESENT THE DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN ON MAY 22, 2018:
The Paulding County Vision Board will present an overview of the county-wide comprehensive plan on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the County Extension Building. Antwerp has been an active participant in the development of the plan and our potential projects and goals will be presented by the undersigned at this program. All council members are encouraged to attend and the public is also invited. It is anticipated this presentation will last approximately one hour. The Event Program agenda is as follows:
7:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
7:05 p.m. Goal & Project Presentations by Villages and Townships
7:30 p.m. Information on How the Vision Board Plans to Secure Funding
7:45 p.m. Questions and Discussion Period
8:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
ODNR NATUREWORKS APPLICATION FOR PAVEMENT IMPROVEMENTS AT RIVERSIDE PARK:
The Village has the opportunity to submit for funding through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources a grant application due June 1, 2018 for pavement improvements and to develop additional parking spaces at Riverside Park. The application proposes to pave and development handicap parking at the Veteran’s Memorial site in the park, develop paved parking along E. Woodcox Street portion along the north side of the shelters houses and to develop 3 parking spaces on the East end of the park near the road to the kayak/canoe launch. The entire roadway that runs along the river will be resurfaced. The anticipated cost of this project is $69,957.00. The amount of grant money we would be eligible for would be $52,456.00 leaving a balance for the village to pay of $17,501.00. This program is a 75%-25% matching grant program. We would submit by June 1, 2018 and should hear in the fall if we are funded. The actual construction would occur in 2019. A resolution authorizing the submission of this application will be presented Monday night. With the increased traffic in the park and with more use anticipated in the park due to the dedication of the Maumee River as a State Water Trail, it is imperative that pavement improvement along with additional parking be addressed to accommodate more visitors to the park and ultimately businesses in the village.
WATER PLANT IMPROVEMENT PROJECT SET FOR BID OPENING:
The planned improvements at the water plant has been re-bid with a bid opening scheduled for next Thursday, May 24th at 11:00 a.m. at the Depot. The first bid we only had one company submit a bid which was over the 10% allowable. The improvements include replacing the filter media, repiping and cleaning of the clear well. This should result in better water quality.
MAUMEE RIVER WATER TRAIL DEDICATED:
The Department of Natural Resources decided the Maumee River as a official water trail. A dedication ceremony was held at Farnsworth Park in Waterville this week. Antwerp’s canoe and kayak launch is noted on the water trail map and should bring additional visitors to Riverside Park. I have provided a map for each council member. The Toledo Metroparks provided the printing at no charge to the stops along the trail. ODNR provided the funding for signage along the trail. The Paulding County Engineer has supplied the posts and labor to install the signage. The trail runs from Toledo to the Indiana border.
RIBFEST SET FOR JUNE 2, 2018:
The 9th annual ribfest will take place on June 2, 2018. I have attached a flyer so you will know all activities that are scheduled.
MOSQUITO SPRAYING IN THE VILLAGE WILL START IN JUNE:
The Village will start spraying for mosquito the first week of June. Normally spraying will occur on Thursday evenings depending on weather conditions. If it is raining or windy, another day will be chosen. We will be taking our sprayer to be calibrated next week to ensure that the correct mix is being applied. The village uses Duet which is a non-hazardous, class 60 agricultural insecticide. The village has on file the MSDS sheet on Duet in the Village Administrator’s Office at the depot. If any resident has issues with the spraying in their neighborhood, they should contact the Administrator at 419-258-2371 during regular office hours.
ANTWERP SCHOOL’S DAY OF SERVICE:
The Village would like to thank Antwerp School for allowing it’s students to work in the downtown area on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The students mulched the landscape area at Greenway Park, assisted ACDC in cleaning out the flower containers in the downtown, picked up litter and did general clean up.