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Arlington looking at ways to grow

By ERIC SCHAADT
STAFF WRITER

ARLINGTON — Meetings are being scheduled with Arlington community leaders to “brainstorm” ideas for the village’s future.

Village Council on Monday was told the initial meeting has been slated for noon Aug. 20 at Jac and Do’s Pizza in Arlington.

The meetings are meant to attract business people, clergy, Arlington school officials and council representatives to discuss the needs and positive aspects of Arlington.

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation also has been invited to the session and subsequent meetings.

Arlington officials have taken note of expansion at Marathon and Cooper Tire, as well as the McLane grocery distribution center to be built on the north side of Findlay.

Village leaders are expected to discuss what role Arlington might have in the growth of Findlay and Hancock County.

“We need to decide what we want to be,” Councilman Brian Essinger told his peers. “We want to get an agenda set.”

Separately, Arlington school officials and council are expected to work out an agreement to share a tank to store diesel fuel.

Kevin Haught, Arlington school superintendent, on Monday said state regulations mandate that fuel tanks at the school be updated, an expense that could cost $20,000.

The school district Monday was gauging interest in a joint fuel tank operation with the village.

“I wanted to come to see if it was a possibility,” Haught told council. “The sooner the better, from our perspective.”

Council, meanwhile, has been considering moving its fuel tanks currently located outside the municipal building.

As a short-term plan, the school district and the village could share the fuel tank near the municipal building.

In other business, council:

  • Said the community pool will close for the season Aug. 17.
  • Heard that waterline breaks have been fixed on North Main Street.

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