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2012 Progress A Section

2012 Progress A Section

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MaRCH 2012
2A The Herald Progress Edition March 2012
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AD STORYAero Printing...........................................2A ...............5ARaabe Ford ..............................................2A ...............2ASchmit-Massa Insurance .........................3A ...............3ADelpha Chevrolet-buick ..........................3A ...............3ABee Gee Realty & Auction Company ....4A ...............6ABebout & Houg Roofing & Siding Inc. ..4A ...............4ADelphos Chamber ...................................4AI&K Distributing .....................................4A ...............4APat’s Donuts ............................................5A ...............5AKnippen Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep ...............6AVan Crest Healthcare & RehabilitationCenter .................................................6AGerman Mutual Insurance ......................6AK&M Tire ...............................................7A ...............7AFirst Federal Bank...................................7A ...............7ASidney Electric ........................................8A
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Raabe Ford Lincoln hasbeen family-owned and oper-ated in Delphos since 1922.Since that time, there havebeen some changes; relocat-ing from our 234 N. Canal St.location to our current dealer-ship location at 11260 ElidaRoad in 1972; and changingownership from the Raabefamily to the Lindeman fam-ily and finally the Allan Nottfamily in 1989. One thinghas always remained constantand that is our passion forcustomer service and satis-faction.We are proud of our stellarcustomer service record andwe have won many awards.Raabe was been the recipientof Ford’s Presidents Awardfor excellence in customersatisfaction in 2002, 2005,2007, 2008 and recently, in2011. The President’s Awardis the highest honor handedout to any dealer and we arethe only Ford dealer in AllenCounty to ever receive thisprestigious distinction.Our service departmentwas recently applauded for itsachievements and given theOverall Service Satisfactiontrophy in 2011 and our deal-ership is rated by the BetterBusiness Bureau as an A+Business.Raabe Ford Lincoln isLima/Allen County’s trustedFord and Lincoln dealer andyou will always find a greatselection of new, used andcertified pre-owned vehicles.Our award-winning servicedepartment provides carrepair and routine mainte-nance on all Ford, Lincolnand Mercury vehicles wesell. Our body shop is ASECertified and staffed withtrained professionals whocan handle any damage fromminor scrapes to full bodyrepair and our friendly, help-ful sales staff will assist youin finding a vehicle that fitsyour wants, needs and yourbudget.
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BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosher-ald.com
DELPHOS — The DelphosMunicipal Swimming Poolhas been an area attraction formore than 60 years — and itsbeginning to show. During the2011 pool season, crumblingconcrete was found under theliner on the northeast wall of the pool. Parks Director CraigMansfield cordoned off thearea and patrons were affectedlittle and the pool season con-tinued. There were more than17,000 visitors from May 28to Aug. 24.“The pool is more than 60years old,” Mansfield said.“You’re going to see someproblems after 60 years.”With little to spare in hisbudget, Mansfield submittedan application for funds fromthe Arnold C. DienstbergerFoundation. It was approvedfor $25,000 for pool repairs,giving Mansfield a sigh of relief.“We just didn’t have themoney to fix that this year,”Mansfield said. “We are thelast in line for money fromthe city because you have togive citizens safety servicesfirst and foremost. I don’t havea problems with that. I justdidn’t want to see this go muchlonger than next year because Ithink it would continue to getworse.”Mansfield said the poolwould have still opened at theend of the May; the restric-tions around the crumblingwall would have continued.With the $25,000 foundationmoney, the wall will be fixed— hopefully. Mansfield is stillcautious on the subject.“You just never know whatyour going to find once westart peeling that liner back,”he said. “There could be moreproblems we can’t see.”Other routine maintenanceis also being performed on thefacility including repairing theliner in the deep section andsandblasting and repaintingthe slide.Other city officials arefocusing efficient water dis-tribution and a street wideningand paving project.Mayor Michael Gallmeiersaid Delphos will two majorprojects this year, a clear wellproject at the water treatmentplant and a street wideningand resurfacing project onElida Avenue. Leaders havereached out to Allen CountyCommissioners to get theclear well project off theground. The city went to thecounty commissioners andasked for county CommunityDevelopment Block Grantfunds to do this in the interestof job-retention and develop-ment.“They thought it was a goodproject and this is a great exam-ple of cooperation betweentwo local governments. Thecommissioners really steppedup when we reached out forhelp and without them, the citywould have to come up with itall by itself.”The clear well projectwill allow greater efficien-cy in water distribution anddecreased energy costs. SafetyService Director Greg Berquistspoke on the project.“Right now, the designhas the clear wells runningin a series — those are thebig fiberglass tanks where thewater is stored,” Berquist said.“What happens is, there’s abottleneck effect. Water hasto go through all the tanks toget to the high-service pumps,so this will create a parallelpiping system where we candraw from any of the tanksand that will reduce the
Dave Brotherwood of Lee Construction sandblasts the surface of the slide at theDelphos Municipal Swimming Pool.Continued on page 3A
March 2012 The Herald Progress Edition 3A
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The Schmit, Massa andLloyd Insurance Agency offersauto, home, life, farm andbusiness insurance. The busi-ness is located at 126 S. MainSt. and is open 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.weekdays and on Saturdays byappointment.The agency representsGerman Mutual of Delphos,Motorist Mutual, Westfield,Ohio Mutual, Progressive,Foremost and Grinell Mutual.The agency is proud of itslong-term dedication and con-sistent professional service totheir clients in the tri-countyarea.It was started by RobertSchmit in 1956 in the back of Schmit’s Market and movedto it’s current location in1981. Bill Massa purchasedthe agency in 1989. Sincethen, Massa acquired the CarlCore Agency, the WendellHumphrey Agency and thenin 2007, the William LloydAgency. Schmit, Massa andLloyd has been recognizedby their insurance carriersfor their devotion to serviceand growth. Schmit, Massand Lloyd is a member of the Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce.The agency is made up of 3agents to properly serve theirclients’ needs. Bill Massa is aCertified Insurance Counselorand has been a licensed agentsince 1988. Kathie Thitoff hasbeena licensed agent for 25years, along with Gina Staples,who had been licensed for nineyears. Angie Carder has beenthe agency’s office managerand customer service rep for12 years. Barry Thitoff servesas the weekly office cleaner.Consistent professionalservice to their clients is thecornerstone of this long-terminsurance operation.
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(Continued from page 2A)
bottleneck effect.”To save money, the citydid not replace certain pumpswhen the plant was built. Thehigh-service pump unit is acombination of three pumps,motors and bearings Berquistsaid were installed sometime inthe 1970s. He said they’ve beenrebuilt a couple times over theyears but need replaced at thispoint.“The other part of the pro-gram is to increase the capac-ity of the high-service pumpsto handle additional waterflow. They put water intothe clear wells for distribu-tion. The whole process is likethis: Raw water comes fromthe reservoir and is cleanedup. It goes to the clear wellsfor contact time with chlo-rine because that’s what weare required to do. Then, itgoes through the high-servicepumps and into the distribu-tion system,” he said.Berquist explains howfinancing is expected to cometogether: “There will be a matchand the city will be responsiblefor 20 percent of the total proj-ect cost, which is $239,000.There is $11,000 contingency;we always include that in thesetypes of projects and then thereis $49,000 for engineeringcosts the city has to pay.”Berquist added that localfunds were previously set asidefor the project, which he antici-pates will take place in theFall.The street widening projectconsists of widening the pave-ment on Elida Avanue to 36feet between Summers Laneand Eastowne Plaza, resurfac-ing and paint striping for threelanes with a center turn lanefrom Summers Lane to the eastcorporation limit.The city applied for an80/20 match Ohio PublicWorks Commission grant forthe project estimated to cost$260,000. If the city receivesfunding and council approvesthe project, the city’s price tagwill be approximately $52,000plus the cost of engineering.OPWC funds cannot be usedfor engineering.
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
SPENCERVILLE — Theupcoming months will bringto fruition a plan to improvethe lives of Spencerville resi-dents in more ways than one.While clean, drinkable munic-ipal water is needed for healthand well-being, it’s also nec-essary to attract businesseswho use high volumes andneed a community’s watertreatment process to haveadequate capacity.Though it took time toput together, village leadersare ready to move forwardwith the plan to install anew water treatment facility.Administrator Sean Chapmansaid construction will beginin late April or early May; hedescribes the project:“This will be housed ineight containers; differentcomponents of the watertreatment process will be indifferent containers. Theywill all be pre-manufacturedat the manufacturing facilityand shipped to us. We’ll moreor less tie them together andflip a switch to start treatingwater,” he said.Bids were opened on Feb.2 for the construction portionbut bids for the electrical sideof the project exceeded theengineer’s estimate. Chapmansaid bids were re-opened onMarch 15. After constructionbegins, Chapman hopes for itto wrap up in 300-330 days.He explains how the $3million project is being paidfor:“We have secured allfunding through the OhioEPA and Ohio Departmentof Development — theCommunity DevelopmentBlock Grant water andsewer grant program and theWSRLA program through theEPA. It’s a grant/loan com-bination with part of it beinggrant, part of it principal for-giveness and part of it loan,”he said.As for economic develop-ment, the prefab facility willhave twice the capacity vil-lage businesses are used to.“The design flow will befor around half a million andwill provide the communitywith much-needed filteredand softened drinking waterthat will benefit the commu-nity by giving it a better prod-uct at the tap and more thandouble our capacity. Withthat, we hope to draw newbusinesses,” he said.The village is also lookinginto a couple of infrastructureprojects. One is a water lineand the other is a culvert.“We have a water linereplacement project beneaththe railroad tracks at 66because of a water manebreak that’s not accessible torepair. We’ll open bids forthat on March 23. This con-sists of replacing about 200feet of line under the railroad,boring under the railroad andeliminating the leaking line,”he said.Chapman indicated theproject is to be paid for withlocal funds.Grant money is beingsought to install a walkingpath along the west side of thecanal from the north corpora-tion limit to the south limit.Another project is under-way to address a culvert.“We are in the design stageof replacing the Fourth Streetculvert, which is deficient insize and it’s condition is dete-riorating. It causes backups inhigh water events and this alsoinvolves a water line replace-ment underneath it that is shutoff due to a mane break thatisn’t accessible,” he said.Chapman added that theproject is expected to be con-ducted next year and grantsare being sought.
Spencerville to install new water treatment plant
Senior Project Manager Tom Krepef of Natare Corp. of Indianapolis confers with DelphosParks and Recreation Superintendent Craig Mansfield on areas of the liner in the deepend of the Delphos Municipal Swimming Pool that need patched.The new water treatment plant will be located near the Spencerville Swimming Pool onBroadway Street.

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