A bit of sticker shock

The Baroda Village Hall is pictured March 20, 2018.

BARODA — The Baroda Village Council on Monday decided to get more information before making decisions on a proposed $990,000 road and sewer project in the Industrial Park, a $957,000 streetscape extension project on First Street, and a $357,000 project to add parking east of First Street.

The board agreed to spend $30,000 to get preliminary engineering and more information on grants before making any decisions. Trustee Steve Jasper cast the lone “no” vote against the motion.

Village engineer Steve Carlisle of Wightman & Associates said grants for the project could be hard to find. And council President Bob Getz said he suffered a bit of “sticker shock” when he saw that loans for the combined proposals would cost the village some $100,000 a year.

“We do need to do the Industrial Park, at least,” Trustee Larry Nye argued. “The properties are sold, and people want to build.”

Getz after the meeting said the council needs more information before making decisions.

“Depending on what we hear, the grants-loan ratio, we may end up not doing the streetscape and just the Industrial Park,” Getz said. All but two of the 14.75 acres in the park are sold, “and people are just waiting to build their buildings until we have a road and water and sewer in there,” he added.

The village is going to get additional information from its auditors, and its bond attorney “seemed to think that on our budget, we could” afford repaying the loan, Getz said. About $77,000 of the payment would come from the general fund, with the remainder from water and sewer funds, he said.

“We’re going to have to do some serious number crunching,” Getz said.

The industrial park work would include installing a 12-inch water main on Hill Street, an 8-inch water main on First Street, and a street with curbs and gutters, Carlisle said.

The streetscape would extend the new look on First Street down to around the American Legion hall, Carlisle said. The off-street parking would be behind current buildings on the east side of First Street, he added.

Also Monday, the council agreed to have its ordinances put online by General Code, at a cost of $1,391 and an annual maintenance fee of $995.

Getz said the service includes easy search options, and would be valuable not only for village residents but for planning commission members and anyone who wants more information about ordinances. The planners, for example, can quickly compare Baroda’s ordinances to those in other municipalities, he said.

“I can do it, so you know it’s easy,” Getz said. “It’s very simple. You just type in what you’re looking for.”

In other matters, the council agreed to pay $21,800 for its share of repairs to the roof of the Municipal Building. Both the village and Baroda Township have offices there and share the use of a meeting room.