HOLGATE — Council Tuesday approved Rob Nagel as the next village administrator.
Fiscal Officer Sally Briggs said Nagel’s new position started Monday, and he will receive $20.50 per hour. Nagel was a streets employee for the village, and he replaces Dan Davis in the position.
Also on Tuesday village employee Tim Shepard received a raise and his new wage will be $16 per hour.
Briggs also reported an employee will be hired to replace Nagel and is expected to receive $12-$14 per hour based on experience.
In other matters, Paulette Mills from Poggemeyer Design Group updated council on various grant projects
The village was awarded a $500,000 Neighborhood Revitalization Grant through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to be spent on street improvements, $119,267, all of which are grant funds; storm sewer improvements, $86,600 in grant funds and $32,667 in local funds; and a restroom/concession stand for the new park, $189,400 in grant funds.
Bids were recently opened for the first two portions of the projects, which includes the street improvements and restroom/concession stand. The bids are scheduled to be awarded today by the Henry County commissioners.
The lowest of two bids submitted for the street improvements was $107,389 from Crestline Paving in Toledo, lower than the estimated $128,600.
The lowest of five bids submitted for the restroom/concession stand — with deductions for painting and a shingle roof — was $168,900, from Mel Lanzer Co., which is higher than the estimated $154,000. It was noted savings from the paving project could be used to add in the ceiling painting and metal roof which were deducted from the base bid for the restroom/concession building.
The storm sewer project will be bid in June.
The Elm Street Bridge replacement project is anticipated to cost $591,000, with $492,000 in Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) grant funds and $98,000 in Small Government Grant funds.
The right-of-way for the project is currently being acquired, and plans are 85 percent complete. The project will be bid by ODOT in early 2020, with an estimated construction start of spring 2020. The road closure is estimated to last 100 days.
The design of two basketball courts for the new park, which has been named the Joe E. Brown Sports Complex, is underway.
The project cost is estimated at $33,000 with $15,770 in CDBG funding and $17,230 in local funds. Construction is planned for 2019-20.
The design is also underway for a new baseball diamond, also at the Joe E. Brown Sports Complex. The project won’t need to be bid out since the anticipated cost is $40,185. Of that amount, $28,241 is through an Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant fund and $11,971 will be local funds and donations. Construction is anticipated in 2019-20.
Mills noted Poggemeyer has helped the village secure $1.1 million in grant funds, with a local commitment of $61,868.
The village is also considering applying for a CDBG Critical Infrastructure waterline project. The estimate is $213,200, and a 10 percent local match would be required. An income survey of those in the benefit area — which includes the corner of Chicago and Keyser Avenue down to before the railroad tracks and then behind the village building — must be done to see if the village qualifies for the funding.
In other business:
•Council approved allowing adjustments on the sewer charge of a utility bill when water is used to fill a swimming pool. Briggs explained the resident must call the village office with the request with at least 24 hours notice and must use a meter to keep track of water usage to fill the pool. Briggs noted the adjustment can’t be made retroactive to a pool being filled and the village office must be contacted so an appropriate form can be filled out.
•Council approved spending $5,400 to clean out the village’s storm sewers over a three-day period.
•Council discussed repaving Jay Street and replacing signs at an estimated cost of $89,000.
•Council instructed solicitor Dave Busick to draw up an ordinance making it illegal to blow grass clippings into the street.
•Accepted a $500 donation from the Henry County Chamber of Commerce toward the Holgate Community Day.
•Council advised residents tires are not permitted in yards per Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
•Council heard a letter from a resident who is concerned about the possibility of permitting alcohol to be sold at the community day event.
•Council discussed updating its noise ordinance.
•The village office will be closed from May 20-27 and will reopen on May 28.
A Safety Committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. May 20. Council’s next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 28.
(Information courtesy of the Village of Holgate.)