Council discusses subdivision, amends budget

By Alexandra Newman -

BOTKINS — The new subdivision in Botkins is coming along.

Botkins Village Administrator Ryan Piche reported at the Botkins Village Council meeting Tuesday night they have chosen the street lights for the subdivision. There is only going to need to be two of them. They’re looking at using the same model on Edgewood Street, as they re-do that street this year.

The builders are going to build a speck home, so seven of the lots will be full. The street will probably be paved by the end of the week, Piche said.

Also at the meeting Piche presented a budget amendment to council because they ended up spending a little bit more on equipment this year.

It started with the purchase of a windscreen, and a sprayer to make it easier to spray the weeds. They also got a similar sprayer for the streets that will go behind the Gator and help spray the streets, he said. They got a new paint sprayer last year, and so they bought a trailer for it so they can drive the truck along as they spray. All together they were not big expenses, but we just need this amendment to move a little money around to cover that, Piche said.

He said they are were spending $12,000 on water meters, another $16,000 on software and training, and if you add to that, $3,500 of that was for the new school’s industrial size meter. That leaves a total of $32,000, split that evenly between water and sewer. So we’re going to move that money into a new line item, called water meters, Piche said. Now we can keep track of exactly what years we spent money on water meters.

The council approved the budget amendment.

It was also reported:

• All five Botkins Fire Department members that took the level one class passed the state testing. They are now state certified.

• There is a need to establish an Income Tax Review Board. It will be a three member board, two members appointed by council, and one by the administrator. They are hoping to have candidates picked out by the first meeting in June. The board will meet infrequently Piche said. In the last ten years they have only met on one case. The members will serve a two-year term.

• The Annual Council Breakfast will be held on the Sunday of Carousel from 8 to 11 a.m.

• The pool committee was thanked by Piche on behalf of the village for all the hard work they have done to get the pool ready this season. There’s a new fence, paint, and concrete.

The next village council meeting will be June 14 at 7 p.m.

By Alexandra Newman

Reach this writer at 937-538-4825.

Reach this writer at 937-538-4825.