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Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Chickasaw gains $500K grant to help fund project

By Tom Stankard
CHICKASAW - Council members on Wednesday learned the village has been awarded a $500,000 Ohio Public Works Commission grant to help pay for the proposed water tower project.
Mayor Doug Huelsman said the village had also received a $500,000 OPWC loan for the project. The 30-year loan is interest-free.
Board of Public Affairs member Al Lochtefeld helped form a committee consisting of council members, Huelsman and Access Engineering representatives, who are overseeing the project.
Part of the plan could include a new water tower that may be located halfway between Maria Stein and Chickasaw near the water treatment plant.
Committee members have discussed different types of water towers with one option being a common pedestal tower.
Because committee members haven't chosen a tower design yet, Lochtefeld said the final cost is unknown. He anticipates it could cost between $2.5 million and $3 million.
Huelsman said the project would be "good for the village."
In other news, council members discussed applying for a credit card with a $2,000 limit for village employees to use for village-related purchases. Specifically, the fiscal officer and department heads would have authority to use the card as needed.
Council members agreed the use of the credit card will be a convenient and efficient method of payment. However, they will discuss the matter further at the August meeting before deciding.
Maintenance supervisor Kevin Droesch informed council members that work on the wastewater treatment plant continues. The painting of exterior doors will be completed this summer.
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