Congressional hopeful visits Ottawa Village Council

Council considers lime slaker contract, asbestos removal

By Bryan Reynolds -

OTTAWA — Ottawa Village Council received a visit Monday from a man hoping to unseat U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, in Congress.

Todd Wolfrum, a Van Wert County Commissioner and a Republican candidate for Ohio’s 5th Congressional District, addressed council about his run for the congressional seat last night during the meeting.

“About a year ago, I decided we needed a change in Congress,” Wolfrum said.

He said Latta doesn’t represent conservatives in Congress. He just goes to Washington, D.C. and hides in the swamp and doesn’t fulfill the promises he made to the conservative voters of the 5th District, he said.

Wolfrum has a list of ten campaign promises he hands out when going door to door, he said. For Wolfrum, it is a kind of contract he makes with anyone who would vote for him. If he get’s elected and doesn’t fulfill his promises, then his constituents can call him out, he said.

“If you’re tired of politicians who don’t take a stand on anything, that’s not me,” he said.

After hearing from Wolfrum, council performed the first reading of an ordinance to accept a quote from Chemco Systems, L.P., in the total of $171,970 for the lime slaker replacement project for the water treatment plant.

“That’s the second one (to be replaced),” said Municipal Director Jack Wiliams. “It’s the same price as the first one.”

Williams said the water treatment plant needs two lime slakers because when one goes dry, the second one can take over. They two alternate. He said it’s also more cost effective to pay for two instead of getting one at a time.

“The EPA says we need redundancy,” said Mayor Dean Meyer.

Council also discussed a resolution to accept a quote of $37,650 for an asbestos abatement contract from Allied Environmental Services, Inc. for unsafe property being torn down on North Grant Street.

“A: it’s pretty pricey,” said Council member Jeff Ducey. “B: We’re going to pay for it. How are we going to recoup that money?”

Ducey said with back water bills totaling into the thousands, the cost of tearing down the property and now the cost of asbestos removal the village is looking at losing around $50,000, he estimated. He wondered if there was a way to get some money from the previous property owners or other options.

“It’s possible we don’t recover that money, guys,” said Law Director Jo Schroeder.

Council decided to hold an executive session to discuss the different options in dealing with the property before voting on the resolution. No action was taken prior to deadline.
Council considers lime slaker contract, asbestos removal

By Bryan Reynolds

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