Waterford awaits deed, funds for new muni building

NEW WATERFORD — The village is awaiting the deed for the property on state Route 46 that will be the site of the new municipal building, and Mayor Shane Patrone said the next step is seeking grants for the building project.

Patrone gave a brief update during the Tuesday council meeting.

The home at 47242 state Route 46 was purchased by the village about a year ago and recently torn down through the county’s land bank program.

The village had to turn the home over to the land bank for it to be demolished through the program, and now that the work is complete the deed will be given to the village.

Patrone said initial estimates for the new multipurpose building were at $1 million. Plans call for the building to house council chambers, and offices for fire and EMS, the water and sewer clerk, fiscal officer and the mayor.

The existing administrative building will allow more room for the police department, and will also have the ability to be rented out for local clubs and organizations.

In other matters, village administrator Jason Gorby announced he received quotes for the exterior work to be done on the Front Street water tower and Hatcher water tower.

The work is part of the village’s five-year maintenance plan and will consist of cleaning and fixing the base and painting the Front Street tower and pressure washing the Hatcher tower.

Gorby said the estimate for the Front Street tower was $18,000 and the estimate for the Hatcher tower was $11,000.

Gorby also said that the town cleanup is tentatively scheduled for the second Monday in May, and that the village will be accepting tires for the entire month of April this year, although proof of village residency is required.

The village is asking for proof of residency due to the fact that last year’s tire collection event resulted in roughly 20 to 25 truckloads of tires to be shipped away, and most of the tires were brought in from people outside the area.

The tire collection is free to village residents, with their removal at the village’s expense. There is no limit on how many tires can be dropped off.

Patrone said residents will need to contact the village to schedule a drop-off time.