Councilors Hear Dog Talk

MINSTER — A local village council received an update on Tuesday regarding progress on a new dog park.

Alex Lundstrom, a Minster resident, spoke during the Minster Village Council meeting about adding a dog park in Minster. Paul Enneking, Dr. Paul Hunter, Marissa Lundstrom and Melinda Utendorf also have been helping Lundstrom discuss the creation of the park.

“Our mission is to establish a fenced in, off-leash dog park where well-behaved canine citizens can exercise in a clean, safe environment without endangering or annoying people, property or wildlife,” Lundstrom said. “We want to develop a beautiful, well-maintained space open to all dog lovers and friends who are willing to uphold the park’s rules and restrictions.”

He added that the mission is to view the park as a community project in partnership with the village of Minster. Lundstrom went through a slide presentation and discussed the benefits of creating a dog park and the locations as well as the cost.

“We thought of Four Seasons Park, which would be cheaper or Paris Street Park,” Lundstrom said.

Councilors thanked Lundstrom for bringing up the idea and decided that they should look further into creating a dog park in Minster.

Councilors also discussed a motion to authorize the fiscal officer to request the $5 permissive license fee from the Auglaize County engineer.

“The 2012 Minor Street resurfacing project has been completed by Barrett Paving, and since it is complete, the village can now request reimbursement from the county engineer for our portion of the $5 permissive license fee,” Village Administrator Don Harrod said. “The county collects the fee from residential license plates charges and some of it comes back to the village to be used for road maintenance.”

Harrod said that in the past, councilors passed a motion authorizing the fiscal officer to request the village’s portion of the $5 fee from the engineer. Councilors approved the request.

The next item that was on the agenda was the discussion to transfer Brian Sextro from the Public Works Department to the Electrical Department.

Councilors discussed a motion to renew the lease of storage buildings on North Ohio Street with the Oktoberfest Committee.

“Our five-year lease was signed back in 2007 and has expired as of Oct. 1 with the Oktoberfest Committee for a portion of one of our storage buildings on Ohio North Street,” Harrod said. “The original lease was a five-year lease signed in 2007 and the original lease called for an annual lease payment of $3,000.”

Harrod said if the terms of the agreement are acceptable to council, councilors would need to pass a motion agreeing to enter into a new lease agreement. Councilors passed a motion agreeing to enter into a new five-year lease agreement with the Oktoberfest Committee regarding the storage buildings on North Ohio Street.

In Harrod’s administrative report, he noted that crews have erected the traffic light standards at the intersection of Fourth and Main streets as part of the Fourth Street Project and Brumbaugh’s crews have been working on installing the concrete and brick where the temporary poles stood.  The luminaries have also been mounted above the traffic light standards.

“Work has finished on the canal project and Tumbusch Construction has seeded along the banks of the canal between Seventh Street and State Route 119,” Harrod said. “Work on the Seventh Street curb project has started and crews from Newcomer Concrete have installed the curb and gutter along the project and will be grinding the asphalt and resurfacing the street from Main to Hanover.”

Harrod explained that things are wrapping up on the wastewater treatment plant project and crews are working through a punch list and are in the process of cleaning everything up.

“I have spoken with Kevin Reichert from CTL Engineering regarding the clean-up of the Minster Oil Site,” Harrod said. “CTL is planning on completing another injection of chemicals into the site before winter.  Once this injection is completed and has time to work, CTL will conduct another round of testing.”

Harrod added that on Oct. 13, the village will host a dedication and grand opening celebration of the newly renovated Fourth Street. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with a short dedication ceremony and continue until 2 p.m. with a number of activities going on the length of Fourth Street.

The next meeting of the Minster Village Council is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16.