Pemberville saw the installation of a handicapped accessible chair lift at the community swimming pool and installation of a new pool heater.
Pemberville was awarded CDBG funding to provide Justice Department mandated access to public pools for physically challenged individuals. Last September, Wood County Commissioners approved the $11,000 project to install a mechanical chair lift that could lower and raise individuals in and out of the pool, and could be operated by the individual.
Pemberville was awarded $11,784 by Wood County Parks for the purchase of a new 35,000 BTU heater for the Pemberville pool, and new fixtures for the change room and restrooms at the pool. This new gas powered heater will be installed by village employees, and should operate at improved efficiency, said Mayor Gordon Bowman. The pool water is heated nearly every day from season opening through June, and then as needed throughout the season.
Installation of the new handicapped access chair and heating system will take place this spring before the pool opens.
Mayor Bowman says the financial stability of Pemberville continues to be good.
“Village departments have been conservative and responsible in providing services and maintaining equipment this past year. Tax revenues have been spent wisely maintaining the village infrastructure. The financial ledger balances have been maintained, even though tax revenue from the state continues to decline,” Bowman wrote in an email to The Press.
The village police department purchased a new police cruiser to replace the old 2008 Ford Crown Victoria cruiser. The police got a 2013 Ford Police Interceptor, with delivery in approximately 90 days. The village also received a donated 2007 police vehicle “by the good graces of the City of Perrysburg,” said Mayor Bowman, to be used as a back-up until the new police vehicle can be delivered. The replacement car was repainted, and some mechanical work was done.
The Pemberville Independent Merchants Association and village council have agreed to co-produce a new village directory. The last directory was produced in 2007, and listed all local businesses and government phone numbers. In addition, businesses are encouraged to place ads in this publication. Distribution will be at local businesses, or residents can pick up a copy at village office. This directory will also be included in welcome packets for new residents who move to Pemberville. Completion date for the Directory should be July 2013 or sooner.
Dollar General recently opened two new stores in the area. One is at 1221 W. Main St. in Woodville and the other is at 18300 Pemberville Rd. in Pemberville.
According to a company spokesperson, Dollar General stores offer convenience and value to customers by providing a focused selection of national brands and private brands of food, house wares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health and beauty care products.
Each store employs approximately six to 10 people.
Dollar General is an ardent supporter of literacy and education. In 1993, the company founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which has awarded more than $74 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.4 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dollargeneral.com.
Dollar General Corporation operates more than 10,000 stores in 40 states. In addition to private brands, Dollar General sells products from Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.
On a personnel note, Gale Loebrich will retire as Pemberville’s village superintendent from the water department in November. Randy Ross was hired January 2 to train with Loebrich and take over those responsibilities.
Bowman says Ross brings considerable experience in water services, including foreman of distribution and collection, Ottawa County Sanitary Engineers. He also has two state water and wastewater licenses and heavy equipment operation experience.
Margaret Wilka retired this past year as deputy fiscal officer after 26 years of service to the village. Sarah Dyer was hired September 17, 2012 to fill the position. Bowman says Dyer has extensive experience in tax preparation, accounting and office management.
Adam Waggoner of Wood County and Jared Hornyak of Oregon have joined the Pemberville Police Department as auxiliary officers.