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Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Saturday, 24 August 2013 08:47
PEMBERVILLE - Mayor Gordon Bowman is hoping village council will be ready to make a decision at its Sept. 3 meeting to seek a grant to help with a downtown streetscape project.
Bowman said Feller, Finch and Assoc., Maumee, has put together a proposal that would upgrade sidewalks, lighting, catch basins and other items along both sides of Front Street in the downtown.
"This information is complex and needs your study. I hope you can be ready to make a decision at the Sept. 3 meeting," Bowman said.
"Pemberville will have to put some dollars into this project, which is two years away."
The mayor said the proposal was put together after a meeting with Ohio Department of Transportation officials. ODOT would be repaving Ohio 105 (Front Street) through the village.
The village had asked ODOT to wait on repaving so that it could plan sidewalk and related work. The department paved Route 105 up to the west village limits this summer.
Also at the Sept. 3 meeting, council may be ready to decide how it wants to handle custodial issues with public restrooms and village hall. Councilman Eric Campbell suggested going back to using village employees to do the work might help control costs.
"It might be handled by different employees on a rotating basis or maybe the office staff would just want to take over in the Village hall," he said.
Council Member William Long distributed a draft proposal to council that lists tasks and frequency the tasks need to be done. "Read and consider this before the next meeting," he said.
Also at the meeting, council:
•    Heard Police Chief James Darling read a letter from resident Dennis P. Rahe praising officer Jason Kwapich for saving his life Aug. 3 when Rahe's pacemaker went off. Rahe wrote that Kwapich was first on the scene and after evaluating the situation started chest compressions. Rahe was transported to Wood County Hospital by the Pemberville-Freedom EMS and wrote he was able to enjoy the Pemberville Fair last week. Darling said the letter was appreciated. Darling said police Sgt. Christopher Timm was also on the scene and performing chest compressions.
•    Agreed to move ahead with repairs to the air conditioning in the police building. The cost will be no more than $1,868. The other option was to replace the entire heating and air conditioning unit at a price in excess of $6,000.
•    Approved a contract with Wood Lane Industries to dispose of at least 30 legal-size boxes of records. Disposal has been approved by the Ohio Historical Society.
•    Discussed but did not set a date for a special meeting during which council would visit a variety of sites in the village where council members want to point out projects or concerns that need attention.
•    Transferred $12,000 to the pool budget. Council Member Randy Rothenbuhler said the 2013 village budget set aside up to $15,000 for the pool operation.
• Heard Rothenbuhler report that a memo regarding the village's smoking policy had been given to all employees after hearing reports that it was not being followed.  
•    Heard Bowman announce work should begin later this month to replace a bridge on Pemberville Road near Garling Road. He said Pemberville Road will be closed north of the village for an extended period.

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