Fencing may be needed to stop misusue of G. Rapids compost site PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by By JENISE FOUTS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 05 August 2009 10:38
GRAND RAPIDS - The village's compost facility at the wastewater treatment plant may get a small makeover to stop unwanted drop-offs.
During council's last meeting, Village Administrator Chad Hoffman reported the compost facility has been getting stumps, brush and vines which are forbidden to be taken there. He said it is obvious people know they're bringing the wrong items because they drive their vehicles to an area of the site where they can hide what they're dumping.
"We may look at fencing that corner off," he said. "It's been getting bad." He said the option of locking the gate at the facility would prevent water haulers from using it who come at odd hours.
The compost site was created solely for the convenience of residents within the village who needed a place to take their grass clippings.
The village will request that the Ohio Department of Transportation consider extending Ohio 295 from the south end of the bridge, along Ohio 65 and Wapakoneta Road, then out to U.S. 6. Hoffman said when the Ohio 24 project is done, Route 295 will be extended along the "old" Ohio 24 and across the bridge to replace Ohio 578.
"No more 578, the shortest route in the state of Ohio," he said.
Hoffman said it would help promote business development being able to have a state highway that interconnects with other state routes.
Councilwoman Pam Sherwood announced residents can pay $5 to participate in the town's Community Garage Sale Days on Aug. 14-15. The fee helps defray the cost of advertising the event and gets the home on a garage sale map. Residents have from July 31 through Aug. 9 to pay the fee at the Olde Gilead Country Store.
Hoffman reminded council the village's lease agreement with Suburban Natural Gas is up in 2012 and different options will be reviewed starting this year.
The administrator said Suburban was asked in 2007 to repair a leak which is at the approach to the village's bridge over the Maumee. He said he received a letter Monday from the company that it had just received its Ohio Department of Transportation permit on July 23. The repair is scheduled to be done in August or September.
In addition, Hoffman said a final notice had been mailed to Suburban about not withholding village income tax for their employees who do work within the village. While he said it is "a very small amount of money," all the other utility companies that have workers in the village keep track of the hours to pay income tax on it. The administrator said if the company does not comply, the village will file criminal charges in Bowling Green Municipal Court over it.
Guest Naomi Twining updated council on the Howard Family Farm site being accepted as a site on the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Twining also showed a large framed photo which included Col. Dresden Howard in it who as part of the village's first pioneer family to settle the town.
"Thank you for all the work you've done," stated Councilwoman Carolyn Erdody.
"It's a labor of love," responded Twining, who has done all the research to get the former Pioneer Inn and the Howard Family Farm sites recognized by historical groups.
Council also accepted the chamber of commerce's application for the use of public land for its Sept. 12-13 Canal Days event.
Council approved purchasing three "Neighborhood Watch" signs for the village corporation limits and on the town's organization sign for $27.50 each.
It also approved permission for Ryan Hobbs to widen the sidewalks at his funeral home. Councilman Bill Hutchison voted "no."
Mayor Judy Keifer announced the signs placed in the village right-of-way advertising a vacation Bible school and a second event were removed because the village does not allow any kind of signs in those areas. Residents can be asked if they will allow signs on their property, but no signs can be placed in the right-of-way.