Mayor gives annual address

BOTKINS — Botkins Mayor Steve Woodruff delivered a brief “State of the Village” address during Tuesday’s Botkins Village Council meeting.

Woodruff focused on three issues currently facing the village during his speech.

“This past year was a very busy season for our Volunteer Fire Department, Woodruff said. “With more runs and countless training hours, the men of the Botkins Fire Department deserve special recognition. Special thanks to (Fire) Chief (Pat)Fullenkamp and Assistant Chief (Craig) Swank for keeping the fire department ready to roll at a moment’s notice. No one ever dreams a fire or car accident will

happen to them, but I’m glad these guys share their talents and training with the village.”

Woodruff also thanked Police Chief Tom Glass and the village’s auxiliary police officers for their service.

Woodruff also commented on the economy and how it is affecting the village. He said focus needed to be on economic growth, something he said was a priority of his administration.

“I am happy to see Dick Platfoot establish a business at the Induustrial Park,” Woodruff said, “but this is just the beginning.”

Woodruff said he wanted to encourage the continuation of commercial, industrial and residential tax abatements for ways to stimulate the local economy. The village also continues to make investments in the infrastructure system, such as the water and sewer plants.

He said the investments help keep utility rates low and promote business growth.

He closed his speech defining the quality of life in the village, thanking several people.

“Botkins is a special place,” Woodruff said. “There aren’t too many places like Botkins left in the area.”

In other business, councilors approved an easement for an existing 36-inch storm tile and approved lot splits in an effort to prepare for a Dollar General Store coming to the village.

The work was done on the 36-inch tile in 1995, but owners of the new store requested an easement be put into place prior to the building at the site at 108 S. Main St., where Botkins Lumber is currently located.

Company officials are asking the easement be granted since one does not currently exist, and Dollar General does not want to be responsible for its upkeep. A timetable for a store opening has not yet been set, but the easement was one of very few hurdles left to be cleared before construction can be underway.

The lot split combined three lots into one to house the store, and set aside another lot for future sale to Steinke Marathon for future sale for parking.