SNOW REMOVAL BID REQUEST:
An ad for quotes on snow removal has been placed in the West Bend. Bids are required to be received by October 25, 2017 at Noon at the Depot, 503 W. River.
GUARD RAIL HAS BEEN PLACED ON HARRMANN ROAD:
The County Engineer’s office has installed a guard rail along Harrmann Road where Road 176 deadends by the school. The guard rail was installed in front of the new sidewalk to the school to safe guard students walking to school. It has been reported that vehicles have slid through this intersection in the winter. The guard rail should stop vehicles from ending up on the sidewalk.
3 NEW HOMES HAVE BEEN BUILT IN THE VILLAGE:
Two new homes are being built in Maumee Landing and the habitat for Humanity home on Weber Street is in process. The utility department has installed water service to the homes in Maumee Landing and the Habitat home is scheduled for next week.
TRICK OR TREAT TIMES SET:
Treat or Treat in the Village is set for Saturday, October 28th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
SANITARY SEWER AND LIFT STATION PROJECT:
The undersigned will meet with Poggemeyer next week to review changes that will be made to bid documents so that the project can go to bid in the next few weeks.
WATER TREATMENT PLANT IMPROVEMENT:
Progress continues to be made on upgrades at the water plant that was recommended by the Ohio EPA. A commercial humidifier was purchased and installed in the filter building. This should reduce sulfur damage to piping, heating and lighting fixtures and telemetry that is housed in the building. The piping to the aerator was insulated as recommended and a new telemetry panel has been ordered.
The larger improvements required by EPA and funded by the Ohio Public Works Commission is still in the planning and approval stage. Any major improvement or change to the water treatment plant needs to be approved by EPA and that is where the project stands as of this date. It is hoped that the improvements will start before the end of the year yet.
COUNTY WIDE VISION SURVEY COMPLETED:
The Paulding County Vision Board has concluded the survey process. The surveys are currently being tallied by Maumee Valley Planning Organization. Results will be shared in community forums where they will present the information gathered from the surveys and ask for additional feedback. The tentative dates when this will occur in the Antwerp area is on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the Antwerp High School at 6:00 p.m. A second round will be held in the individual villages with the Village of Antwerp’s scheduled for Monday, November 6th at 6:00 p.m. at town hall. Again the county wide survey was conducted in order for the county to produce a comprehensive plan based on what residents envision for the future of the county and how to make that vision a reality. The Paulding County Commissioners funded the project.
UPDATE ON MAUMEE RIVER TRAIL:
Correspondence just received from Emily Ziegler of the Toledo Metroparks announced that ODNR has funded their application for signage to purchase for the canoe and kayak launch sites along the Maumee River from Toledo to the Indiana State Line. The only cost to the Village will be the posts to erect the signs on. Toledo Metroparks is willing to pick up the tab to print the brochures, which will include the map listing all the sites along the river. A ribbon cutting ceremony is tentatively scheduled for next May. Emily Ziegler will keep us posted on the details and dates as they are determined. So this River Trail is moving along! There has been a lot of river use this summer and this will only add to our visitors to the park.
HB 49 LITIGATION:
There is currently a movement by RITA and the law firm of Frost, Brown, Todd, LLC to challenge certain provision of House Bill 49, including the call for centralized collection and administration of the municipal net profit tax by the Ohio Department of Taxation when a tax payer elects to report to the Ohio Department of Taxation.
The Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) is exploring the possibility of RITA sponsoring litigation on behalf of its member municipalities as a shared cost. The litigation under consideration would utilize a different strategy and would be separate and apart from the litigation being coordinated by Frost, Brown, Todd.
RITA wants to assure it’s member municipalities that nothing they are considering would prohibit any RITA member from also participating in the litigation being coordinated by Frost, Brown, Todd. RITA will provide additional details to us in October along with the updated ordinance that we will be required to pass and have in effect by January 1, 2018.
As I can get more information on this proposed litigation I will provide it to council but I can tell you it all stems from the requirement of the state taking over the net profit and what is felt is just a first step by the state to take complete control of our municipal income tax collection.