Pemberville bank wants flood wall PDF Print E-mail
Written by By HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Saturday, 22 May 2010 07:18
PEMBERVILLE - Union Bank officials have told council they want to buy village property behind the bank to construct a flood wall to protect their property.
Referring to a letter from the bank, Mayor James Opelt Tuesday night said the bank wants to purchase a 65-foot by 26-foot parcel for $1,000 and pay fees associated with the sale.
Opelt appointed a committee made up of council members Eric Campbell, Larry Bockbrader and Gordon Bowman, along with Gene Steele, a citizen member of the flood committee, to study the issue. The four are then to make a recommendation to council on the issue.
On a related issue, Campbell said he has had a discussion with an Army Corps of Engineers official about a case on the east end of the village where fill may have been placed beyond the approved line in the flood plain. He also said updated flood maps are expected in the next few weeks.
Council also:
¥    Praised the planting efforts of Nancy Wenning and Sue Biddle in the downtown. Campbell said the Pemberville Independent Merchants Association has agreed to cover $442 in planting costs, meaning that amount is now available to supplement other work the two women have proposed. He said he had purchased mulch from a local merchant and donated it to the project. He invited other council members to help purchase additional mulch that may be needed to complete the work.
¥    Discussed fencing concerns raised by two private projects in the village this spring. There was concern that one of the projects was being done without a permit. Council Member Gordon Bowman said he would be checking into that project. Bowman said the Village Planning Commission would consider any changes to the fencing ordinance that others might propose.
¥    Approved the first of three income tax distributions, placing $60,000 in the general fund, $15,000 in the permanent improvement account and $12,500 in both the water capital and sewer capital improvement funds. There was renewed discussion about changing the distribution formula and Campbell and Bockbrader voted against approval of the distribution.
¥    Agreed, 4-2, to provide Freedom Township with free access to the wireless Internet connection on the village water tower. Campbell and Ryan Fuerst were opposed.
¥    Discussed problems with removing dead trees along the walking trail and how to improve security at the shelter house and other village properties.

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