THORNILLE – Thornville Mayor Gavin Renner said new Village Administrator Chad Wilkins, who began June 1, has been busy getting up to speed on the village’s extensive project list.
Renner said former administrator Ron Koehler has been helping with the transition by monitoring the water tower and helping with the pool and the demolition of the former downtown hardware store. “I believe he has transferred those duties to Chad,” said Renner.
“We have quite a few projects,” said the mayor. “Currently we’re accepting bids for the demolition of the former hardware store in the center of town.” He said the village recently purchased the property through an auditor’s sale. The purchase price was $1. “We’ve spent approximately $900 on a survey and $1,500 on a bid package for the demolition,” said Renner. Bids are due at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18. “The legal notice should be running in this week’s Beacon and be available online,” he said.
Renner said the village recently accepted a bid from Instituform for Phase 1 of an inflow and infiltration project to prevent storm water from entering the village sewer system. He said the bid is roughly $160,000 and includes lining existing sewer lines. “Our village employees are replacing some existing sewer lines where necessary,” said Renner.
Thornville received a $40,000 grant from the State of Ohio for road repaving projects. “Currently the Village engineer is conducting the survey and preparing a bid package for this work,” said Renner. A due date for bids hasn’t been set.
“(Wilkins) has been doing a great job for us,” said Renner. “He is managing not only these projects but also assisting with the village pool, taking care of getting trash cleaned up at the village park, coordinating employees, meeting residents and getting to know the village.
He also personally knows Representative Bill Hayes, Congressman Steve Stivers, and Congressman Steve Austria as well as a lot of local area people from having grown up here.”
Renner said Wilkins’ work as a Hopewell Township Trustee, and as an employee for the City of New Lexington prepared him well for the position. “He’s also a great photographer,” said Renner.