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Village picks new engineer for storm water project

BUCKEYE LAKE – Following what Buckeye Lake Village Council member Kaye Hartman called a “long evening” of deliberation, service committee members agreed that Jobes Henderson & Associates, Inc. of Newark is the best engineering firm to design and manage construction of a $503,000 storm water drainage project.

The project will be funded with an Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant of $358,827, an OPWC no- interest loan of $ 119,609 and $ 25,181 in village funds. Jobes Henderson & Associates, Inc., Current village engineer M•E Companies, ADR & Associates, GGC Engineering, Korda/ Nemeth Engineering, Inc., and Diversified Engineering all submitted RFQs and were interviewed July 7 for the project. “All council members were present for the interviews,” said Hartman.

Hartman said the contractors were scored for various qualifications during the interviews and, simply put, Jobes Henderson received the highest, followed by ADR and Korda/Nemeth.

Service Director Tim Matheny said Mayor Rick Baker will negotiate a contract with Jobes Henderson and Matheny expects the contract will be ready for council approval by its next meeting, July 25. Construction should begin late July or early August and be complete by the end of the year.

In other village news:

• Village residents should know fairly soon how much the village’s new public water distribution system will lower insurance rates. Baker said he and Buckeye Lake Fire Chief Pete Leindecker will meet with an Insurance Services Office, or ISO, evaluator Aug. 8.

Basically, the ISO rates fire departments on a scale of one to 10 as far as effectiveness, and fire insurance rates are based on that number. One is most effective and 10 is not effective at all. Buckeye Lake is currently rated nine, but that rating was set before the village had a public water system with fire hydrants.

Leindecker said previously he hopes that the availability of public water and other efforts will help lower the village’s ISO rating to six or seven. Depending upon each insurance carrier and how it does business, lowering the rating from nine to six could lower fire insurance costs by roughly 40 percent, but that’s extremely variable and there’s no guarantee the fire department will reach its goal.

Mike Waters, former vice president of risk decision services at ISO, previously explained the rating process. “Using the ISO Fire Suppression Rating Scale (FSRS), ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPC) program helps insurance companies measure and evaluate the major elements of a community’s fire suppression system,” he said.

Monday night, Assistant Fire Chief Rod Riley told Baker and council that the fire department sent all the information to the ISO that was required. “We wait on them now,” he said. “We’ve done our part, now we’re waiting on them.” Baker said an ISO representative contacted him shortly after Monday night’s meeting and ISO’s evaluation process should take a couple of days.

• Council President Charlene Hayden said the Buckeye Lake Youth Association badly needs volunteers for its July 23 carnival.

• Matheny said a change in water system fees won’t affect the vast majority of residents and doesn’t change water rates. He said any new building with a fire suppression system (sprinklers) is required to have a dedicated water line solely for the sprinkler system. The change creates a flat $2,000 tap fee for any dedicated fire suppression water line. “It’s a dead line unless there’s a fire,” he said.

• Council approved a final payment to Perry Reclaiming for $3,746 for the Hunts Landing waterline extension. It’s the last payment due anyone for the public water project. Matheny said Chemcote – which repaved Buckeye Lake Village’s streets after the water distribution system was installed – agreed in writing to return and repair some paved areas that are already cracking and becoming potholes. No time was specified for Chemcote’s return.

• Resident Bonnie Mansfield, who operates an animal rescue, asked council members to resume discussing an ordinance requiring Buckeye Lake pet owners to spay or neuter dogs and cats. “The cat problem on Leroy is getting worse,” she said. Mansfield suggested the village lease the building currently housing the Buckeye Lake Library (the library, which now leases its building from the village, is moving to a new location in the village soon) to the Humane Society for use as a spay and neuter clinic.

• Resident Donna Braig, who lives on North Bank Road, said someone changed the name of her street recently to West North Bank Road, which confused a delivery person. She wondered how many North Bank Roads there are in Buckeye Lake. Director of Development Valerie Hans said she believes there are five or six separate sections of North Bank Rd., including what some call West North Bank Rd. “It’s thoroughly confusing,” she said. Hans speculated this happened because over the years waterfront residents wanted a North Bank Road address, so any village street on the shoreline became North Bank Road.

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