Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

St. Henry council considers joint water system study

By Kathy Thompson
ST. HENRY - Village council members heard second reading of a resolution to join four other communities in a study of potential cooperative water systems and new well fields.
Mercer County, Burkettsville, Coldwater and Fort Recovery are seeking a $50,000 state Local Government Innovation Fund grant to pay for the study.
Officials hope the study will show how each community can improve its services by working with the others.
The resolution must pass a third reading before the grant application can be sent to the state by Sept. 4. The village will not be responsible for any matching funds for the grant, village administrator Ron Gelhaus said.
Also passing a second reading was an ordinance to join Rockford, Fort Recovery and Coldwater in a mutual-aid agreement among their police departments. The aid would be exercised only in situations posing an immediate threat to life or serious bodily harm and/or property damage.
Council members also,
  • learned paving for Jeff Hartings Way, Linn, West Main, Oakhill and Elm streets will begin after Aug. 24.
• passed a motion to place a four-way stop sign at North Linn and Forest streets.
• heard fall clean-up day is scheduled for Sept. 26. Items must be at the curb no later than 5 a.m. that morning.
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