Four Seasons Park Eagle Sculpture - Putnam Sentinel
Two wooden sculptures were recently installed in Four Seasons Park by artist Jay Leahy. They depict a lion, in recognition of the significant work done by Kalida’s Lions Club at the park, and a patriotic representation of an eagle. (Putnam Sentinel/Martin Verni)

KALIDA — During Monday evening’s meeting of the Kalida Village Council, an update was offered on the plans for Kalida High School Band’s annual four mile race, to be held this Saturday from approximately 8 - 11 a.m. The timed race begins in Four Seasons Park, heading west on Road M before turning northwest onto St Rte. 114. The runners will then turn north on Road 19, then east on Road L, and finally south on Road 18 to return to Four Seasons Park. Traffic will be diverted along these roads during the duration of the race, and residents are advised to avoid the area if not participating. The annual race is a fundraiser for the Kalida Music Department Trip Fund.

On Sunday, May 20, EMS will be conducting an open house from 2 - 4 p.m. at the fire station in Kalida. The public is invited to view the new ambulance recently acquired by EMS, a lifelight demonstration will occur, weather permitting, and community members can learn more about volunteer opportunities with EMS. Police Chief Jim Gulker will also be accepting unneeded or expired prescriptions from community members during the open house.

Gulker also informed council that an application has been submitted to the Rite Aid Foundation for a program that supplies a prescription drug drop off box to police departments. Gulker expects to hear back on the application soon. Currently, the most convenient prescription drug drop off box is located at the Sheriff’s office.

A representative from the Parks Committee informed council of the group’s intention to apply for 2018 ODNR Nature Works grant. Park improvements resulting from the 2016 grant have been completed and the Parks Committee is finishing the final paperwork to close out that grant. It is hoped that the new grant will help fund continued improvements to Froggy Park, including the building of a new shelter house on higher ground between the playground equipment and the restroom.

$30,115 is available to Putnam County this year through the Nature Works grant and the Parks Committee intends to apply for the entirety of this amount. This money is intended to cover 75 percent of a project, with the community required to contribute 25 percent of the costs, or a comparable amount through in-kind labor. Fundraising will be conducted with the Lions Club, and in-kind labor will be included in the application. Plans will likely be finalized once the amount of funds granted is known.

Council complimented the recently finished improvements to Froggy Park, noting the popularity of the Pickle Ball court in particular, and thanked the Parks Committee for its efforts.

Representatives from the Pioneer Days Committee also attended Kalida’s Council meeting. They came to inform the village of planned improvements to the lot that hosts the Rock Dance event. This includes adding concrete up to the railing that was installed last year, and up to the alley as well. The group also intends to install 12 posts, similar to those installed in the square, for tying down the tent used at the space. Some coordination with the village is needed for these improvements to occur and the work is expected to be completed this summer, well before Pioneer Days.

The third and final reading of ordinance 2018-05-07, amending water rates within the village occurred during the council meeting. The ordinance was then passed unanimously and is now in effect. With this ordinance, property owners connected to the Village of Kalida water system will pay a ‘Ready to Serve Fee’ per calendar quarter of $45.50 per service connection, regardless of the amount of water used, plus a ‘Water Usage Fee’ of $2.27 per 1000 gallons or portion thereof.

Fees were also established for additional services, including $5 per 1000 gallons for non-emergent fills. This fee applies whenever a village employee distributes water by means of a tanker truck or hydrant meter, whether the filling occurs inside the village limits or outside of it. Also, if a water customer requests that their water be cut-off for any length of time (referred to as “vacation” by council), there will be a $40 reconnect fee, or the customer may continue to pay the Ready to Serve Fee.

The next meeting of the Kalida Village Council will occur on Monday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public and they are invited to attend.