Minster Council approves project financing

By Sandy Rose Schwieterman - For the Sidney Daily News

MINSTER — Minster Village Council passed ordinances to finance the various projects and heard how the new gas tax will increase funds for street resurfacing during its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 16.

Council approved an ordinance authorizing the issuance of a 10-year note for the 2018 Fifth Street project. Village Administrator Don Harrod said residents affected by the renovation of Fifth Street were given the choice to either pay assessments right away or in installments through their real estate taxes.

The $109,000 note, provided by Minster Bank at 2.98 percent interest, will be used to cover those homeowners who opted to pay through installments.

Council also gave final approval of an ordinance awarding the $114,300 bid for the Northwest Substation Steel Structures to the PEPCO of Akron. Delivery of materials is expected in 16 to 18 weeks.

Also receiving final approval was an ordinance for a $96,500 contract for Minster Area Life Squad, as well as a resolution increasing the appropriations for the designated funds paying for the new industrial park land off state Route 119. This latter action allows disbursement of funds recently borrowed from Osgood Bank.

In his report to council, Harrod said with the passage of House Bill 62 by the Ohio General Assembly, the village should start to receive approximately $91,000 in additional funding for 2020 street resurfacing from the 10.5 cent per gallon increase in gas taxes.

In other news, Harrod said the pool heater has been replaced by Regal Plumbing. Once a leaking drain valve is replaced May 1, the village will fill the pool, and thereafter Regal Plumbing will return to do the start-up of the heaters to check for any problems.

He said the Village Public Works Department has completed the removal of the soil along the alley between Webster and Hamilton Streets. Crews will soon begin backfilling the alley with stone so that it can be used by the residents. Once this alley is completed the department will move to the alley between Webster and Paris to begin excavating for the installation of that alley.

Harrod reported that the Village Electric Department poured the footers and base for the substation transformer at the Northwest Substation. Excavating for the new switch house footers and base was also planned for the end of April and concrete poured.

The Electric Department has also completed replacement of bad wiring harnesses of several lights at the Four Seasons Park complex. He said all the lights for each field are now working.

Last week the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) conducted their annual inspection of the village pesticide and insecticide spraying operations and found that all records and operations were in compliance.

Council also approved March Income Tax Report $287,144, as submitted by the City of St. Marys, as well as receipts of $1,860,423.80 and invoices totalling $142,764.44.

By Sandy Rose Schwieterman

For the Sidney Daily News

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.