March 28, 2017

VILLAGE UTILITY AGGREGATION PROGRAMS UPDATE:              MARCH 28, 2017

 

As you are aware, the Village of Fort Recovery is involved in utility aggregation programs for both the electric and natural gas supply services.  These programs took effect after approved at the May 6, 2013 election by the voters in Fort Recovery.  Since that time, we have had contracts on both utilities that have or are about to expire. 

The natural gas contract has expired and based on the current market rates it has been more cost effective to remain on Dominion’s standard rate of $2.577 per MCF than enter a fixed rate contract at a higher cost.  The current fixed rates are in the mid to upper $3 range and we did not want to lock everyone in on a price that was higher than offered through the standard rate.  While the standard rate is a variable rate it has been much lower every month since our original gas contract expired back late 2016.  We continue to monitor the rates through our broker and will reenter the market when it looks to be advantageous for securing a fixed rate contract.  What has happened to all those involved in the aggregation program is that you should have been automatically switched to the Dominion standard from our previous rate of $4.79 per MCF with Volunteer Energy.  If you have not signed up with anyone else since the contract expired, you will automatically be switched to any new contract that we may enter into in the coming months.

The electric contract is set to expire in November, 2017 and is currently with AEP Energy at a rate of $.0599 / KWh.  We recently signed an extended contract with Dynegy Energy Services that will start upon the expiration of the current contract.  The new contract will run from November, 2017 until April, 2020 and will be at a rate of $.0529 / KWh.  Anyone currently in the aggregation contract with AEP Energy will automatically be switched over to Dynegy in November and nothing should be required of you to make this change.  This term will coincide with 20 different communities in Ohio that will all be bidding their aggregation programs together in April, 2020 to provide a larger pool of accounts and consumption that will hopefully offer the ability to receive an even better rate for our individual aggregation programs.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns about these aggregation programs please do not hesitate to call the village hall at 419-375-2530.

Randy Diller

Village Administrator

December 6, 2016

As we wrap things up for 2016 and the cold weather begins to set in, we are in the process of planning for 2017 and beyond.

A couple notes of interest:

The village will be wrapping up our curbside leaf collection this week (Dec. 9th) so we can prep our trucks for the upcoming winter weather.  All leaves collected after Friday will need to be bagged in yard waste bags for pick up by Mahargs Trash Service.  We also completed the final curbside brush pickup for the winter this past week.  We will not likely do another until March or April depending on weather.

Those involved with the village’s natural gas aggregation program will have noticed that this program expired in November and we were unable to obtain a bid for any extended period due to the historically low gas prices.  If you do nothing, your service will be switched to Dominions standard offering which is currently $2.714 / MCF (our previous aggregation rate was $4.79 / MCF) on a monthly variable rate.  You are welcome to sign up with a provider as many good rates are out there and can be locked in for a year or two.  Be careful to check on any cancellation fees if you do this as we will continue to work toward getting a competitive bid for the aggregation program.  If you stay with the standard rate offered by Dominion you will automatically be switched to any aggregation program offering that we procure.  Any questions please feel free to contact me at the village offices.

As for current and future projects:

  • We have wrapped up work on the Paul Staugler Memorial Recreational Trail for the winter as the lights have been installed and are working. Final wrap up work will be completed in the spring along with a dedication ceremony.
  • We will be doing work along Sharpsburg Road early next year to install utilities and we will also be doing some work at our lagoons to make them operate more effectively.
  • We received notice that funding was approved for the William Street reconstruction project for next year. This will include a wider street, curbs, sidewalks, street lamps and improved storm sewers and should be done sometime next summer/fall.
  • We also are finalizing the plans to install basketball/tennis courts in Community Park along with some additional parking. This again is scheduled for next summer construction.
  • The restroom renovation is ongoing at Community Park and we are hopeful that we will have it completed for use by next year’s park season.

Reminder that Mayor Kaup is continuing the Christmas Decorating Contest as started by Mayor Broerman.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three with the judging done on the evening of December 23rd.  No entry is required and all residents of the village are eligible to win.

As always if you have any issue that you feel needs addressed, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the village office or stop in and see me and I will be glad to discuss it with you.  Also a reminder that our village council meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:30 pm in the village hall and anyone is welcome to attend.

Randy Diller, Village Administrator

November 9, 2016

Updating my notes from last week:

The Paul Staugler Memorial Recreational Trail is being finished up for the winter season as all hard surface has been installed, dirt work all roughed in and some general clean up being finished up this week.  We will be working on the lighting over the next couple weeks and then will return in the spring to complete the final dirt work and seeding.  It has been a very popular place over the past few weeks with the mild weather we have enjoyed and it is great to see it getting use.  Thanks again to ODNR and the Staugler family for their contributions to the trail project.

Bids were opened and contract was awarded for the Sharpsburg Road Utility Extension project.  Shinn Bros. Inc from Celina provided the low bid of right at $125,000 which was well under the engineer’s estimate of $171,000.  That work will be completed sometime between now and next May.

Bids are going out next week to purchase the lagoon baffles/curtains with the bid opening scheduled for December 1st.  This is another project that will keep our existing facilities working as efficiently and cost effectively as we see growth in the future.

Don’t forget the Merchants Christmas Open House this Sunday, November 13th which will take place from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m.  Also, don’t forget to acknowledge the service and dedication of our many local veterans as we celebrate Veteran’s Day this Friday.  Thank you to all past and present veterans!

On a final note, the village administration wishes to provide our sincerest thank you to the citizens for supporting the renewal levies that were passed at this year’s election.  We do not take this backing for granted and are gracious of the continued support as we look for ways to make improvements and better our community.  Your confirmation of our efforts is truly appreciated.

As always if you have any issue that you feel needs addressed, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the village office or stop in and see me and I will be glad to discuss it with you.  Also a reminder that our village council meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:30 pm in the village hall and anyone is welcome to attend.

Randy Diller, Village Administrator

November 1, 2016

Another year is flying by and hopefully you are enjoying this great weather!  As always there are many things going on in the village right now and we continue to plan for future projects.  Here is an update on projects from 2016 that are either completed or being worked on now:

  • Paving Overlay Project – John, Fairlane, Little Turtle and a portion of Blue Jacket were overlaid this summer with a fresh coat of asphalt. Various areas were excavated and repaired prior to the blacktop being installed.
  • Water Plant Maintenance – a new roof was installed on the water plant (still the original from 1983) along with a fresh coat of paint on the exterior. The garage expansion was also finalized with the addition of a Sanitary testing lab being finished up this winter.
  • Buck Ditch Tile Maintenance – a section of the large concrete Buck Ditch tile was replaced after a large area collapsed.
  • Elm Street Reconstruction – the southernmost block of Elm Street was reconstructed with new curbing, sidewalks, street lamp, and improved drainage.
  • Recreational Trail – work is wrapping up for the year on the new recreational trail in Community Park. Blacktop is completed, dirt work being roughed in, and final attaching concrete work is being poured.  Lights are in the process of being installed. Thank you to ODNR for the trail grant and the Paul Staugler family for their donation!
  • Restroom Renovation – work is started on the restroom renovation which will increase the size of the restrooms in Community Park to accommodate the larger crowds we enjoy compared to when they were built in the late 1980’s. A special thank you to the Fort Recovery Community Foundation for the funds to complete this project.
  • Bench & Trash Receptacle Project – benches were (with some still coming) installed around the new playground area along with new trash receptacles. Additional benches will be placed around the recreational trail and around the park in different areas.  These benches were donated by various businesses, organizations and individuals from the community.  Thank you for your support!
  • Sanitary Lagoon Improvements – work was completed to improve the hydraulics in the lagoons and we will soon be bidding out to have curtains/baffles installed to help improve the functionality of the lagoons.
  • Sharpsburg Road Utility Extension – we are opening bids this week to extend our water and sanitary utilities down Sharpsburg Road to service the proposed new housing development along with creating a looped system for our water. This work should be completed by next spring.

 

Other notes of Interest:

  • With much interest in the upcoming election, I want to remind Fort Recovery citizens that the village has two “renewal” levies on the ballot. One is a street maintenance levy and the other a general expenses levy.  The street funds are obviously used to maintain our streets in both overlay projects and reconstruction projects and have helped tremendously in providing the funds to keep our streets in good repair.  The general expense levy is to assist with the safety expenses for the village that include our police department, street lighting, and other emergency services.  These are renewals only and as such will not increase the amount being collected.  As in the past we appreciate your continued support of the village activities as we continue making improvements in all areas of the village operations.
  • We have applied for a grant to help pay for the reconstruction of William Street with hopeful completion in 2017. This will be a great improvement to the traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, going to and from both schools and to the athletic facility.  This road is planned to be widened and will include curbing, sidewalks, storm drainage, street lamps and improved intersections.  We will keep you posted on the progress of the grant application.
  • We received a grant from the Ohio Capital Budget to help with the installation of new tennis and basketball courts back at Community Park. As part of the trail project, we have already done much of the ground work to prepare for the courts and hope to be finalizing plans and bidding this project out this winter for completion next summer. This will complete some busy couple years in Community Park!
  • Annexation petitions are being worked on currently for different properties near -town which will provide additional housing opportunities while also providing village utility services to these properties.

 

Another very active year is nearly behind us and we are busy with plans for many other projects to be completed over the next few years.  Thank you for your continued support of village projects and operations.

 

As always if you have any issue that you feel needs addressed, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the village office or stop in and see me and I will be glad to discuss it with you.  Also a reminder that our village council meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:30 pm in the village hall and anyone is welcome to attend.

 

Randy Diller, Village Administrator

March 8, 2016

Is it possible that the mild winter is going to go out like a lamb….we can certainly hope so as this weather has been great! With this nice weather, we have started doing some small projects that normally would need to wait until later in March or April. As always much to do so we appreciate getting this early start.

Bids will be opened on March 16th for the asphalt overlay project which will include all of John Street, Fairlane Drive, Little Turtle Drive and a portion of Blue Jacket Drive. D
epending on the low bidder, this project will take place sometime this summer. We are also working on some final plans for S. Elm Street and hope to be able to put this out for bid by month end to again allow for summer construction. Additional utility work is also planned for this year and permits have been received and work will begin on these shortly
also.

The parks will also start getting busy here with this warm weather as the Fort Recovery Youth Sports Organization is putting together youth teams and finalizing schedules for the spring / summer leagues. Progress continues on the recreational trail project and again
we are planning a late summer construction on this great project. The bench project has received great response and we thank everyone that has made the commitment to purchase a bench. We are still taking orders so anyone that wants to get involved in
donating an engraved bench for their business, organization or as a memorial to a family member you still have time but we hope to wrap this up shortly so we can get them ordered. Contact Erin Minor or I at the village office if you have an interest in donating an
engraved bench to our parks. Renovation of the restroom facility in Community Park is also being planned and will likely occur later this summer after the majority of the park activities are completed.

Council conducted a public hearing on two separate zoning map amendment applications at a special meeting held on March 7th. Dan Carr has submitted an application to rezone three properties on the northeast corner of the Wayne St and Broadway St intersection from R3 (multiresidential) to C1 (Central Commercial). This is the location of the current chiropractic office along with two adjoining rental properties. Also Dr. Carr requested a change on a portion of Lot#11 in the Industrial Park that borders Sharpsburg Road be changed from I (Industrial) to R3 (multiresidential). This would be to allow two building lots that total approximately .75 acres to be created while leaving the remaining portion of Lot #11 as Industrial. Both decisions are under consideration by the Village Council and will be discussed again at our next meeting on March 21st. Anyone having any input or opinion is welcome to share that with any council member or myself prior to this meeting.

With it being spring of the year and much going on, I will provide additional updates on various issues being faced by the village council in upcoming talks. As always if you have any issue that you feel needs addressed, pleasedon’t hesitate to contact me at the village office or stop in and see me and I will be glad to discuss it with you. Also a reminder that our village council meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:30 pm in the village hall and anyone is welcome to attend.

Randy Diller, VIllage Administrator