City Council Passes Ordinance To Rezone Land Near Sara’s Garden

Wauseon CityCouncil - 6 - 2016.jpeg WEBBy: Shar Dimick

Wauseon City Council unanimously passed the third and final readings of an ordinance to rezone a piece of land near Sara’s Garden.

Ordinance 2016-6, which will be in effect in 30 days, grants Sara’s Garden’s application to rezone the eight-foot strip of property that lies north of lots 13 through 17 in Palmer’s Addition from B4 Community Mixed Use District to R3 Single Family Residential District. The bare piece of land will become part of lots 13 through 17, which were already zoned R3.

Council also approved in a 6-0 vote the third readings of two resolutions related to applying the cold mix process to designated parking areas at Dorothy Biddle Park, which are also in effect in 30 days. The resolutions allow Mayor Kathy Huner to enter a contract with Bruce Ernst Asphalt to apply the cold mix and to enter a contract with Ersham Excavating for the excavation of the designated parking areas at the park.

In department head reports:
•David Wright, Regional Planning Director reported that they have processed 7 of 9 businesses that have applied for Downtown Revitalization grant funds and plans to have the remaining two applications processed before his last day. He also said that the new benches for downtown were ordered two weeks ago and should arrive within four to six weeks of the order date. Finally, Peterman and Associates are working through the bid process for ADA crossings.

•Keith Torbet, Police Chief and Fire Chief Rick Sluder both reported that they are gearing up for the Wauseon Fire Works that will be held at dusk on Monday, July 4 at Biddle Park. Torbet wanted to remind the public to be patient exiting the park after the fire works as traffic will be one-way to expedite the process. In addition, Biddle Park will close ten minutes before the show begins, so residents should plan to arrive early. Torbet also reported that 13 youth graduate from the Youth Police Academy and two or three may join the Explorer’s program. Finally, he said four of seven community cameras were distributed and are operational.

•Dennis Richardson, Director of Public Service reported that construction work on the Linfoot St. should be complete in mid-July. Richardson said that he also reviewed the final pool plans.

•Law Director, Thomas McWatters reported that he is reviewing the job descriptions/classifications and compensation.

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