DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AT PARK:
The drainage project at Riverside Park is completed and the final cost stayed within the budget. 5 catch basins and 360 feet of 10” storm line were installed around the playground and pavilion structures. The company did an excellent job and you’d never know they dug the whole place up. Just a great company to work with and they completed the job in 3 days. This should greatly improve the accessibility of the playground during the wet Spring months. Again this was accomplished with block grant funds through the Paulding County Commissioner’s Office.
EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT AT THE PARK COMPLETED:
David Garmater from Troop 143 of Antwerp had approached the Village about doing his Eagle Scout project in Riverside Park. David placed a permanent picnic table and installed one of the Village’s newly purchased charcoal grills at the bottom of the stairway that leads to the river. He was able to use concrete slabs recently removed by the Antwerp Rotary from the former memorial site at the park around the table and grill. Councilperson Jan Reeb attended the dedication and the scouts initiated the grill. It is really a nice addition to the park. I would encourage everyone to use it, the scenery is beautiful in the river bottom.
MAUMEE LANDING SUBMITS THE FINAL PLAT TO THE VILLAGE FOR APPROVAL:
Oley McMichael has sold another lot in Maumee Landing and has submitted the final plat to the village. Phase 7 includes lot 23 and the planning commission members were contacted and gave their approval. An Ordinance and the final plat will be presented Monday night for approval.
EPA’S WATER PLANT VISIT ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2019:
The Bowling Green District Office Ohio EPA inspected the Village’s water system on September 5, 2019.
The new improvements recently completed to the filter building and clear well was reviewed along with the high service pump building and all of the wells. She did not note any violations to myself or Curtis but will have recommendations on some upgrades that she feels we need to the high service pumps. We also agreed that next year improvements need to be made to the piping and pumps as the existing pumps have outlived their useful life.
Of course, until we receive the report of her visit we won’t know what our timeline will be to accomplish her recommendations. She did request all our documentation that she ask for to be scanned and sent to her which will require at least a day or two to accomplish. But overall, this visit was a vast improvement over the 2016 visit. She felt we had accomplished a lot and I gave credit to our operator Curtis Nestleroad and other utility workers for doing a great job running the plant.
COMPOST SITE OFFICIALLY CLOSED AND TRANSFER SITE OPENED:
The compost site has been officially closed and removed for oversite by EPA. All material has been chipped and removed from the site. New signage has been posted and as far as the general public, nothing will change on what they can bring out to the site. We would ask that residents bringing limbs and leaves out drop these materials inside of the staked area and not to leave plastic bags, cardboard or any type of garbage at the site.
The guidelines for having a transfer site is that the material must be removed from the site at least once a year. Publication of the site re-opening has been placed on the Village’s website, villageofantwerp.com, on the Village’s Facebook page and will be published in the West Bend News. We will attempt to have the site open continuously with the exception of wet weather and winter months. Again, if a winter storm has caused limbs and branches to fall, we will open to accept those. Again logs and branches over 3” in diameter will not be taken as they cannot be chipped. This site is only for the benefit of the Village of Antwerp residents as they are the ones paying for it.
FIRST READING ON LETTING BIDS FOR GARBAGE COLLECTION:
The first of three readings will be read at Monday nights meeting to start the process to continue village-wide garbage collection. An ordinance will be included in your packets. Utility committee will schedule a meeting to discuss limiting bulky waste pick-up items to be included in the next contract.