Village to allow crews to use land

CRIDERSVILLE — Cridersville elected officials agreed to allow a contracting company to use their land to store their equipment and use as a warehouse during a project.

With an upgrade of power poles stretching from Wapakoneta to Shawnee along Shawnee Road, contractors have pitched the idea of having a storage site on location at Delong Pioneer Park in Cridersville at a joint committees meeting last month — which is the halfway point of the 10-mile project.

AEP is going to install steel utility poles to replace the existing wood poles, and they need an area to store equipment for this project,and Delong Pioneer Park is a property where they would like to do this.

Delong Pioneer Park is south of the Cridersville Elementary School on Reichelderfer Road.

On Monday, Cridersville Village Council members offered their support and have agreed to this idea, but before the crews start construction in a few months, a written contract needs to be agreed to and signed.

“We want to discuss what terms we want,” Cridersville Mayor Lorali Myers said. “We want the park back into its original condition.”

A few issues were brought up at Monday’s meeting on this idea. Village Administrator Jarid Kohlrieser is currently applying for grant money to use this year for the park, which included paving a parking lot and creating walking trails.

At last month’s council meeting, Contract Land Staff Project Director Thomas Peck said he plans to work with village administrators on the storage facility and park improvements and his company will compensate the village for use of their property.

As the crews will have to build a parking lot for their equipment storage during this project, he noted his firm would pay for the parking lot and would have materials for the trails for the park to keep after construction.

A special joint meeting has been tentatively set by the Parks Committee and Planning Committee for 7 p.m. on April 25 at the village hall for village officials and Contract Land Staff representatives to get together and discuss the terms of a financial plan for this project — which will take nearly a year.

By May’s council meeting, Council President Tony Zuppardo said he wants to bring in the contract for review, and then have it signed.

In other business,

• Cridersville Fire Chief Rick Miller said the fire department has received a grant for $4,000 to replace ladders, tools and other projects. The Cridersville Fireman’s Jamboree is slated for July 12 and 13, and will include many activities for the whole family.

• Councilors read an ordinance on waiving the residency requirements they had previous set in place for the police chief. Myers declared this as an emergency and councilors suspended the rule of three readings and passed it as emergency legislation. The ordinance permits Police Chief John Drake to live outside the village limits but within a 15-mile radius. This ordinance takes effect today and is specific to Drake.

• The village of Cridersville will go into contract with the city of St. Marys for them to manage the village’s tax collection starting in 2014. The city of St. Marys will be an income tax collection agency for the village of Cridersville.

• Community garage sales is scheduled to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 4, and information on individual garage sales can be dropped off at the village office.

• On May 15, a village auction will be held, which is an effort between the fire department, police department and the village of Cridersville. Unneeded equipment will be auctioned off. The auction is slated for 7 p.m.

• May 18 marks clean-up day for village residents. This will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at Tower Park.