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Krueger Named Village Engineer – Archbold Buckeye

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Dexter Krueger
Archbold Village Council appointed Dexter Krueger as the new Archbold village engineer at its Monday, April 6 meeting.
The move was not a surprise.
Bob Seaman, retired village engineer, recomme nded Krueger for the post.
Donna Dettling, village administrator, told council Seaman worked with Krueger for about two years, preparing him to take over the post.
“He’s been doing the job,” Dettling said.
Council made Krueger’s appointment retroactive to March 27, the date of Seaman’s retirement.
In a related matter, council approved a contract with Jones & Henry, an engineering consulting firm, for the design of a Granulated Active Carbon water treatment system.
The GAC system will remove chemicals from the village potable water supply.
The contract also covers the design of other improvements at the water treatment plant.
That includes changing the system the village uses to disinfect drinking water from chlorine gas to sodium hypochlorite.
Chlorine gas is delivered to the village in large, oneton tanks that Dettling said present a safety hazard. Sodium hypochlorite is safer.
Village officials are making the same change at the village wastewater treatment plant.
The Archbold water system has had a water quality issue. The plant is under notice from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, requiring the village to upgrade the system to reduce trihalomethanes, or TTHM, which are by-products of the water treatment process.
One part of the battle against TTHM was in the village million-gallon storage tank for finished water.
Dettling said the company that added an aeration system to the tank said if its $348,000 system did not reduce TTHM in the tank by 50%, the village would not have to pay the bill.
The modifications reduced the tank size to 750,000 gallons, but resulted in a 70% to 80% reduction.
That’s led to a reduction in TTHM at some of the farthest points in the water distribution system, “but not enough,” Dettling said.
Costs
Dettling said the estimated cost for engineering of improvements to the water treatment plant would be about $409,000.
Overall, the cost of the improvements to the plant could be $6 million.
To facilitate the project, Dettling said the village will have to get a $1 million bridge loan from a bank.
Grant or low-interest loan funding is available, but the village can only apply for the money after the final cost of the project is determined.
The bridge loan will allow the village to complete the design work and get started in order to apply for the money.
A similar loan is being used to fund improvements at the wastewater treatment plant.
Salt
Council also approved participation in the Ohio Department of Transportation road salt program for 2020.
By purchasing for communities, counties, and townships, ODOT can use the large buying power to negotiate a reduced price with suppliers.
Dettling said the village has plenty of road salt, but needs to participate in the program if more is needed.
All council members were present, and all votes unanimous.
The next meeting is Monday, April 20, 5:30 pm, in the Ruihley Park Scout Cabin.


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