Botkins Council to apply for state money for lift station

BOTKINS — Botkins Village Council members voted Tuesday to apply for Issue I money from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) to replace the old South Street lift station during its regular council meeting.

Village Administrator Jesse Kent said the lift station has reached the end of its usage expectancy and it was time for council to start looking into its replacement.

“The current substation is over 40 years old,” Kent told councilors.

The village will apply for $200,000 to help pay for the project, which has been estimated at $650,000. The $450,000 needed to pay for the rest of the project has already been secured by the village and is available in the Sewer Fund.

Application for the grant is due to the Shelby County Engineer’s office by Oct. 1.

Councilors discussed changing subdivision regulations and balancing proper road width and maintenance costs during the meeting.

Councilors want to amend regulations and make them uniform due to an old 1987 ordinance specifying road width to be 36-foot wide in subdivisions.

“It boils down to having a road that is navigable and having traffic flow, but remembering we have the cost of repair and road maintenance,” Kent said. “We have to decide what is too wide and what is not wide enough.”

Councilors took no action on the item and forwarded it to the Service Committee for more review. Kent provided the committee with road widths in some of the village subdivisions for review.

Councilors voted to annex 13.7 acres of land that will house the new school building that was approved by voters last November.

The 13.7 acres, listed as being owned by the Thomas Hagaman Trust, Allen Shaffer and William Wilt, in Dinsmore Township, needed to be annexed prior to the building of the school so the village can extend village utilities to the property.