DESHLER — Village council Monday approved the renewal of its liability insurance.

Fiscal Officer Lisa Sugg reported this year’s insurance premium would be $33,291 through The Ohio Plan and Beck Insurance, which is an increase of just more than $700 over the previous year. It was explained that, while the coverage hasn’t changed, there are new vehicles in the village’s fleet.

Sugg added this also included an increase in the credit received by the village, as she said the village has used the same plan for 32 years.

In other business, council members heard an annual Patrick Henry Local Schools update from Superintendent Dr. Josh Biederstedt.

Biederstedt said the school facilities received multiple updates over the past couple of years, including updates to the playground, the exterior front of high school and a storage building over this summer.

Biederstedt added the district hired 10 new staff members for the 2021-22 school year, which he said was a large number for a district with approximately 130 employees.

Council also:

•Approved an ordinance for interfund transfers to move money from the income tax fund to the street construction fund for paving work, and from the general fund to the electric fund for the kilowatt hour tax.

•Approved a resolution for the state to reimburse the village for the South Pine Street bridge project.

•Heard a report from Police Chief Brian Robinson. It was reported he was been on patrol for one week with the village’s new K-9 officer Bane. Software is now also in place to record any instances where the K-9 is deployed. He added one of the police vehicles has had work done to prepare for lights that are on order. He said the wiring was installed, so once the lights are received, they can be added to the vehicle quickly.

•Heard from Sewer Superintendent Brad Kitchen who reported he spoke to the ballfield managers and both plan to return to those positions next year. He said he plans to meet with the managers in the next week to discuss projects that may need to be done for the ballfield area.

•Discussed a finance meeting for November to continue talk about village appropriations for the next year.

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