Water tower project moving along in Pemberville


By Sentinel-Tribune Staff

PEMBERVILLE — Village officials took one step closer to passing a resolution that would update a plan with the Wood County Solid Waste District for handling of the village’s solid waste system.

Council gave a first reading to the plan update resolution at its meeting Tuesday night.

The update is required every five years by Ohio law and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and Pemberville is part of the minimum of 60% of the waste district’s coverage area, which is required for the plan. The Waste District actually covers approximately 80% of the county’s population.

The plan covers a 16-year period, from 2023 to 2039, and utilizes the year 2020 as the reference year. The plan describes current and future recycling activities and programs, including those services and programs for residential, commercial, and industrial sectors of the county.

The village will incur no additional cost to be part of the plan update.

Mayor Carol Bailey said that a total of $838,000 in funding will be provided to the village in the way of a loan and a grant for use for improvements to the village’s water tower.

Half of that money will be in the form of a grant, and the other half will be in the form of a low-cost loan from the state.

Bailey said the grant and the loan will complete the funding for the water tower project, and bids will be obtained for the work sometime this summer.

The new police cruiser has arrived and is currently being outfitted with emergency lights and a siren. Decals and markings will be applied to the vehicle in the upcoming days. Once complete, the new vehicle will be placed into service.

The village will keep its 2017 Ford cruiser as a second vehicle but will sell the 2012 Ford cruiser that has been used in the past as its second cruiser.

It was announced several barricades will be provided to the police department for use in various village activities.

Spraying for mosquitoes in the village will begin Tuesday and will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the season.

Village officials took part in an Arbor Day celebration on May 4 after some weather-related delays. As part of the activities, students from Bethlehem Pre-School helped plant a tree in the village.

Jeffrey Kirkbride, chairman of the tree committee, announced the village has been a Tree City for 35 years.

A dedication for the village’s new splash pad will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. on June 3, followed by the 1 p.m. opening of the village pool. The splash pad will be dedicated to the memory of former Mayor James R. Opelt.

The former mayor’s estate paid for about half the cost of the splash pad.

Installation of planters in the downtown will be completed as a result of a $2,500 donation from the Eastwood Community Improvement Corporation, which is disbanding.

Bailey announced there will be no activities at the village’s opera house this summer as the children’s workshop will not be conducted due to the loss of the opera house’s director. The children’s workshop has struggled since the pandemic.

Council approved the spending of $28,171 for bills incurred by the village, of which $15,230 was used for expenses related to the village’s swimming pool. Much of the swimming pool expenses were for supplies, such as chemicals.

Councilman Daniel Angel, chairman of the finance and personnel committee, discussed the possibility of the installation of a time clock for employees.

The next council meeting is June 6 at 7 p.m. at the village hall.

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