Uniopolis shut down nearly complete

First Posted: 9/17/2014

UNIOPOLIS — The Union Township Board of Trustees signed documents assuming control of all real estate assets from the village of Uniopolis at its’ regular meeting Wednesday night.

Auglaize County Prosecutor Edwin Pierce was in attendance at the meeting with documents signing over the properties, which includes a small lot off state Route 65, the sewer plant, the building that houses the Auglaize County Museum, as well as the municipal building. The move puts the village on the verge of officially being unincorporated, but a few details still need to be completed before the move is official.

Pierce said a document transferring control of the sewer plant has also been prepared for the township trustees. Auglaize County plans to assume control of the sewer plant.

“We will accomplish some of the things that need to be done, but there are still a few things in the hands of the village,” Pierce said.

Pierce said other issues involving property had not been completed involving property when he had checked Tuesday. That property includes tangible and intangible assets, such as items like tables and chairs inside the municipal building.

Uniopolis mayor Greg Ritchie said he was unsure of what property Pierce was referring to, and said he thought the village had officially signed everything they needed to and completed all of the steps needed, which could possibly delay the transfer of the village over to the township a bit longer.

“It is for the good of the village and the taxpayers in general,” Ritchie said. “There is less duplication of services and it is much more efficient.”

Union Township Trustee Mark Waitman said everything is in place and that he feels the transaction will be smooth.

“We have been part of the community and we pretty much already know everyone’s wants and needs,” Waitman said. “It will take a little communication but I do not anticipate any major problems.”

A total of 49 people chose to dissolve the village compared to 23 votes against surrendering in November. The vote failed by just three votes in the November 2012 election.

Village Council had also given voters the option to continue as an incorporated village by coupling three separate tax levies, a 10 mill property tax for operating expenses, a 3 mill property tax for fire protection, and a 1.5 percent income tax. Councilors said that the three levies were needed to make up just some of the losses suffered because of state cutbacks on locally divided funds. While many voters were hesitant to say how they voted, all agreed they were getting the big picture.

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