In the Village of Woodville, the light can be seen at the end of the tunnel – or the end of a sewer line.
The village has entered the final phase of a multi-million dollar project to separate sanitary and storm sewers, Mayor Richard Harman said.
A new lift station was constructed on Port Clinton Road as part of the project, he said.
Village officials have entered into contract negotiations with Solar Planet for a solar field proposed for property near the village utility building. When complete, the field will have a capacity of 750kW.
|A 28kW solar arrat installed this summer at V.E. Petersen Co., Inc., 28101 E.
Broadway, is expected to produce about 30% of the power the company consumes.
Other solar projects in the area include arrays at Starr and Jerusalem elementary
schools that began operating last year and in the Village of Woodville where village
officials have entered into contract negotiations with Solar Planet to build a solar
field near the village utility building.
Last year, the village completed the purchase and razing of a building on Main Street where a walkway will be built to link Main to a village parking lot.
“Personnel” additions included “Raider”, a Dutch shepherd, who joined the police department. The canine partners with Officer Steve Gilkerson. The dog’s care is funded completely be donations, court fines, and forfeited drug money.
Other future projects include upgrading the water treatment plant and electricity distribution system, the mayor said, and updating the village website.
The village’s financial condition remains strong, he noted, ending the fiscal year with a budget balance of a little more than $2.5 million.
“We plan on continuing to finalize existing projects and implement new initiatives to keep our forward momentum going and continue to be fiscally responsible, smart in our services and practical in our thinking,” the mayor said.
Village of Millbury
Mayor Michael Timmons said the village’s income tax revenues dipped slightly last year, which will cause village officials to be cautious with major projects in 2014.
Still, a walking/bicycling path that would connect Veterans Memorial Park at Fostoria Road and Cherry Street to Fireside Park in neighboring Lake Township is on the drawing board.
“We are investigating all the grants and loans available for this project and the timing involved for applying for these grants,” the mayor said, adding he expects it to be a three or four-year process.
This year the village will be completing the third and last phase of a storm sewer line between Hille Drive and Cherry Street.
The village made its final payment in December on a $139,000, 10-year loan for widening and repaving Main Street.
The trustees see much of the township’s development potential in transportation and plan to market it as a “transportation center of opportunity,” said trustee Richard Welling, noting the area’s access to the Ohio Turnpike, interstate highway system, railways and intermodal capability.
“Good jobs are the key to real economic recovery and we as a board stand ready to help in our capacity,” he said.
A feasibility study of a proposed regional emergency dispatching center to serve the township, villages of Millbury and Walbridge and cities of Rossford and Northwood is “moving along well,” said Mark Hummer, township administrator and police chief.
He expects a decision to be made this year on whether the proposed joint center will be implemented.
Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, said the board of trustees wants to re-invigorate efforts to market a Joint Economic Development District the township formed with the City of Toledo for property at Toledo Executive Airport.
Chief Hummer said the township’s investment in an 800 megahertz radio system for the police and fire departments has increased safety for first responders by opening “…the door for true interoperable communications.”
Village of Gibsonburg
From flags to fun events as well as infrastructure improvements, the Village of Gibsonburg met several goals last year, said Mayor Greg Gerwin, and set objectives for 2014.
The construction phase of the industrial park was completed and village officials plan to develop a marketing plan this year for it.
The mayor said the village wants to be more inviting to business.
“Our goal is to encourage and promote business and get out of the way,” he said. “If we are not part of the solution we are the problem.”
With a successful campaign last year to pass levies for operating expenses for the fire department and replace a fire truck, the village and Madison Township plan to complete a transfer of fire department administration to the township,
“This streamlines and simplifies the operation,” the mayor said.
The village last year continued with a sewer replacement project to eliminate storm water infiltration and replaced obsolete equipment in the water and wastewater facilities.
The mayor credited Amanda Weaver and friends and relatives for initiating a Farmers Market during the summer and Marsha Morelock and Tammy Hemminger for hosting a Fall Festival.
Wade Weaver, a former member of village council, led a contest for the Gibsonburg School District to design a flag for the village.
The contest winner, Marcus Tille, was presented a flag at a recent basketball game.
The flags will be displayed downtown, the mayor said.
The village will also use a $5 fee for fishing and boating on Silver Rock Lake to restock the lake with perch.
Village of Elmore
Village officials anticipate the completion of two major projects in 2014.
The construction of a new $5.2 million wastewater treatment plant – the last phase of a three-phase to alleviate overflows of sewage into the Portage River – is expected to be complete by the end of June and a new electric substation is also expected to be operating by this summer.
The treatment plant project is being funded by a 0.75 percent income tax approved by residents in 2005. The first two phases of the project, terminating several overflow locations and the construction of a new trunk line, have already been completed.
The village had been relying on a treatment plant with a capacity of 450,000 gallons while the new plant will be able to treat 1.8 million gallons per day.
Village Superintendent Buck Stoiber said the new facility will be able to meet new regulations for mercury and phosphorus levels and its design will allow for expansion if needed.
To avoid a repeat of the 56-hour power outage in July 2011, village officials have agreed to build a $1.3 million electric substation to increase capacity and serve as a back-up for the current substation.
The new substation will be able to supply power for the entire village, said Mayor Matt Damschroder, and both units will receive power from lines coming from both the Toledo and Oak Harbor areas.
Stoiber said equipment will be in place to switch over quickly if one line is incapacitated.
Village officials plan to hold an open house so residents can tour the treatment plant and get information about the substation.
Mayor Damschcroder said the improvements position the village for future development and the village and Harris and Woodville townships continued to meet to discuss the formation of a Joint Economic Development District at an 80-acre site near the Ohio Turnpike exchange.
Village of Walbridge
Among the goals Mayor Ed Kolanko has set for his administration this year are:
• Stepped-up enforcement of the village property maintenance ordinances.
• Support for a green initiative by upgrading electronic storage and using less paper in village offices.
• A review of downtown commercial structures and preparing an economic development program.
• Establishing a tree board commission to improve tree care and become recognized as a Tree City USA member.
The mayor said the village ended 2013 in a strong financial position. Municipal income tax receipts last year were $850,722, compared to $864,142 in 2013 and $780,736 in 2011.
Total revenues were $1.3 million last year; $1.2 million in 2012 and $1.15 million in 2011.
“The village remains financially sound, keeping approximately $1.6 million in reserves,” the mayor said, adding revenues from the state continue to decline.
He noted several village departments made improvements in service and operations.
The police department created a Facebook page that has garnered a large following and become a good communications tool, the mayor said.
The parks and recreation program was awarded grants from the Wood County Park District and Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the community pool was upgraded with a new liner system.
State grants will be used to repave and re-curb Union Street, between Main and Dixon streets and upgrade curb ramps in the downtown area to make them compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act.
A grant from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will be used to upgrade signs at rail crossings.
The mayor described 2013 as a “banner year for the village” as it celebrated its 100th anniversary and praised volunteers for their efforts.
Village of Genoa
For the Village of Genoa, as with other area towns, work began last year on the final phase of a major sewer project.
The sixth and last phase of the Northwest Storm Sewer Replacement project was completed with much of the work centered along a stretch of Buckeye Street.
The second phase of a construction project on Washington Street, between Sixth and Eighth streets, also started and is expected to be completed this spring.
A combination of village funds and state loans and grants were used to pay for the projects.
Administrator Kevin Gladden said the village’s 2014 paving program will concentrate on Industrial Drive.
In February, organizers of the Genoa Food Pantry welcomed visitors to an open house held to showcase the pantry’s move to larger quarters at Christ Community Church on Fourth Street.
Village officials in April also modified the municipal code to bolster enforcement efforts regarding nuisance properties.
In his state of the village address, Mayor Mark Williams noted the downtown business district is at full occupancy and new street lights are being installed along Main Street.
A master plan for Veterans Park is being “fine tuned,” the mayor said and upcoming projects will include the replacement of a bath house, water slide and diving board. The tennis court will also be resurfaced.
The village will apply for Community Development Block Grant funding on behalf of the Senior Center for window, door and roof repairs, the mayor added.