Village Eyes Annexation

NEW KNOXVILLE — The village of New Knoxville could grow by 4 acres pending commissioners’ approval after councilors voted Tuesday night to bring in a farm and the soon-to-be-built Katterheinrich homestead.

Gary and Sylvia Katterheinrich came to the meeting to ask councilors for the approval which will allow them to tap into village sewer and water, as well as utilize the fire and police protection of the village.

In return, they’ll be paying to lay the 8 inch water and sewer lines and the $700 tap in fees, as well as paying the village taxes instead of township taxes.

The property is in the northwest corner of the village across the highway from Laura Street, said the Katterheinrichs. They plan to build a one story brick home with a basement using local contractors.

When Mayor Keith Leffel asked for a time frame, the husband said he’d like to start soon. Councilors passed the request with an emergency suspension of the rules to avoid the three readings and let the building begin as soon as possible, though approval is still needed from County Commissioners, a building permit must be filed and the planning and zoning committee will have to zone the area to be residential.

Mayor Keith Leffel told the Katterheinrichs he didn’t anticipate any problems getting the property annexed.

Councilors also approved Ben Bonvillian’s appointment to acting Police Chief and raised his wage to $15 per hour to compensate him for the extra duties. Officer Brian Koesters was also made a class one police officer after serving in the auxiliary for more than a year.

Both positions are retroactive to Aug. 21, when the officers started serving in their new appointments.

In other business, councilors:

• Approved pay ordinances

• Voted to delay approving minutes until the next month’s meeting due to the fiscal officer’s computer being repaired.

• Moved forward after the second reading of electric rates.

• Transferred $1,000 to the salary reserve fund.

• Authorized the fiscal officer to use electronic signature technology for checks, purchase orders and other village business.

• Accepted the rates and amounts of tax levies determined by the Auglaize County budget commission at the same rate and roughly the same amount as last year.

• Accepted the county’s proposed alternate plan for distribution of local government funds.

• Approved providing chicken dinners to New Knoxville volunteers and committee members at the firemen’s picnic at a cost not to exceed $1500.

Trick or treating will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

The next regular meeting will be 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8.