Pemberville wants to spruce up downtown
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor
Thursday, 05 September 2013 10:41
PEMBERVILLE - Downtown Pemberville could be on the verge of its biggest makeover since the mid 1950s.
Village council Tuesday night unanimously agreed to file an Issue I grant application with the Ohio Public Works Commission to help pay for the estimated $448,000 project along Front Street (Ohio 105) between Pine and Cedar streets.
"We can and should consider this," Mayor Gordon Bowman said. "The time is right to apply and the amount the village would be putting up seems doable. The project would be done in 2015."
Feller, Finch and Associates of Maumee has prepared the estimates and would file the grant application. The village will be pledging $65,000 as its match.
Council Member Randy Rothenbuhler said council's finance committee has discussed the project. "We have two years to set aside our match. It seems to be an achievable number for us to leverage $65,000 for nearly one-half million dollars."
Rothenbuhler said if the first grant effort fails the village will have a second chance to make an application and maybe increase the amount of its match.
Bowman said there is no plan to ask property or business owners to pay toward the project. "They (the businesses) will have the inconvenience of construction. There will be an opportunity for individual businesses and citizens to do enhancements, such as benches and planters."
Council Member Eric Campbell said the project includes a storm sewer, catch basins, sidewalks, lighting and placing electric wiring underground.
The project will coincide with the Ohio Department of Transportation's plan to improve Route 105 through the village in 2015.
Campbell said the last major work was done in 1955, with some property owners doing individual projects since that time.
Bowman said the village will hold meetings to explain the plans. "We want the people to be involved," the mayor said.
The grant application is due this month but the village does not expect to hear back from OPWC until early 2014.
• Again discussed building cleaning and maintenance issues before agreeing to doing more research and likely making a decision at the Sept. 17 meeting.
• Agreed to purchase six new portable radios for the police department at a cost of $2,536. The money will come from the police fund.
• Learned that Police Sgt. Chris Timm has resigned as of Sept. 8 to take a full-time position with the Lake Township Police Department. Chief Jim Darling said Timm will continue to work as a part-time office with the village. Darling said officer Jason Kwapich has been named sergeant effective with Timm's resignation.
• Was told final reports on the swimming pool season and the Pembervile Five-Miler will be available in early October.