Dan Stemen spoke on U.S. Addiction Services, a recovery facility located at the old Starr Commonwealth campus. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Dan Stemen spoke on U.S. Addiction Services, a recovery facility located at the old Starr Commonwealth campus. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – City Council heard from U.S. Addiction Services during Monday’s regular meeting.

Dan Stemen, a councilor of the facility located at the old Star Commonwealth Center, spoke about its progress and noted that the facility offers detox, residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient. While the facility is not open yet, Stemen said that those in need in Van Wert could call immediately because clients are not placed in a facility in the same area that they are from.

“Van Wert is going to be full of Michigan and Indiana people,” said Stemen. “We have a fleet of drivers. They would come and pick the patient up here in Van Wert and would take them to one of our other facilities.”

U.S. Addiction Services will have 105 beds, a saltwater pool, a detox center, and a sauna facility, and will add 50 to 100 area jobs.

“Today about everybody is affected by drug abuse, sad to say,” said Stemen. “Everybody knows somebody. If somebody is in need and they show up on our door, we’re not going to turn them away. If we can’t take them, we will find a place for them.”

Also during the meeting, Council accepted the application for the annexation of the area known as the Dickenson Farm in Pleasant Township to the City of Van Wert. The 159.35 acres of land will house a purposed subdivision with affordable housing. The application was submitted by Scott Niswonger, Tom Turnwald, Chuck Koch, and Andy Czajkowski under the name G4 Partners LLC.

Prior to Council voting on annexing the land, a public hearing will be scheduled.

Also approved was an ordinance approving the community reinvestment area (CRA) agreement between the City of Van Wert and MacWhite LLC, for 700 Fox Road, currently The Times Bulletin, and an ordinance approving the CRA agreement between the City of Van Wert and FoxRoad Investments LLC.

In other business, City Auditor Martha Balyeat stated that the City tax budget will need to be approved soon to be submitted. Without charging expenses to other funds, the General Fund is still projected to be in deficit by $176,000 in 2019 and over $918,000 by 2020.

“We’re still a million dollars short by 2020 in the General Fund,” said Balyeat. “However, we make that up by charging 75 percent of administrative salaries to the Streets, Water, and Sewer Funds, and using up to two-thirds of the .22 Police and Fire Safety tax.”

Council will discuss the budget further in future meetings.

Council also continued the discussion on the sidewalk ballot language and decided the language that allows for replacement of sidewalks during street reconstruction only would be the appropriate language. Law Director John Hatcher was asked to prepare the language.

Safety-Service Director Jay Fleming announced that the City was awarded a $10,000 grant for mosquito spray which will allow the City to spray for mosquitoes twice.

With no further business, Fleming asked that 15-minute committee CRA expansion meeting is set prior to the next Council meeting, and the Council adjourned.

Due to Memorial Day, the next City Council meeting is set for Wednesday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m.