MINSTER – Plans for a new water tower are now on the road to reality with the awarding of a contract by the Minster Village Council.
Contractor Landmark Structures were determined to be the best and lowest bidder on the project, quoting a cost of $5,078,000 to replace the aging tower on Ohio Street with a new 1.25 million gallon to be located on Seventh Street by the village compost area.
The vote was approved by emergency, which dispensed with the usual three readings.
In other action, Sam Wolfe of AMP Ohio presented a $3000 check to Carly Koverman, daughter of Ben and Katie Koverman. Ben Koverman is an employee of the village. AMP Ohio presents scholarship checks to both village employees in their service area as well as to individual residents. Carly Koverman, an Anna schools student, said she plans to attend Bowling Green State University studying biology.
Council also approved a $284,650 minor street resurfacing contract with Buehler Asphalt. The measure was passed by emergency, dispensing of the usual 3 readings.The streets to be resurfaced include Ohio Street from Sixth Street to Seventh Street, Jefferson Street from Third Street to Calvary Chapel Baptist Church, Fifth Street from Main Street to Hanover Street, Fourth Street from Garfield Street to Paris Street and Seventh Street from the railroad tracks to Cleveland Street. Council also approved auxillary bids of $162,163 for paving the utility building parking lot and $58,584.50 for paving the waste water treatment plant parking lot and drive areas.
Village Administrator Don Harrod said the $1,231,760 Seventh Street reconstruction project between Main and Hamilton streets is progressing well, with Brumbaugh Construction subcontractors installing sidewalks. Harrod noted work will begin this week on moving the traffic controller, and that during that time the traffic light will be down. He added the village police will be on hand to help with traffic control.
Council also approved a second reading of a resolution to repair and replace sidewalks in the village.
Harrod said Brian Brothers Painting of Piqua have been in the village repainting the steel dugouts at Four Seasons Park. Cotterman Roofing is also at the park replacing the roofs on the four block dugouts as well.
Preparations are being made to open the pool on Memorial Day weekend. The Parks Department has drained the pool and is in the process of cleaning it so that it can be refilled. In additions, all of the lifeguard stands have been reinstalled as well as the shade canopies. Residents who would like to buy pool passes can do so by going to the village’s website.
The village administrator said the bid opening for the Dues Ditch Storm Water Project is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24. Once the bids are received, Choice One will review them and make a recommendation to council.
Other village activities include work to begin on the east tennis courts once school is out of session. Crews will remove the fencing and begin to remove the asphalt surface in anticipation of Homan and Stucke coming in and pouring a new concrete surface. One item that needs to be decided is if the village wants to replace the lights that serve both tennis courts.
Harrod said AES/DP&L continue to work installing the bases for the steel poles that will be used to reroute a portion of their feed that comes into the Ohio Street electrical substation. Crews have set the base for the corner poles and will begin work on the tangent poles shortly.
Council also approved the April income tax receipts of $692,732.52, bringing the year-to-date total received of $1,592,892.04.
Council approved the resignation of village parks employee Andrew Roetgerman, who is taking a custodial position with Minster School District. They thanked him for his service.
The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.