Wauseon City Council Addresses Light Agenda

By: Shar Dimick


Wauseon City Council addressed a short agenda at their August 17 meeting.

Council President Heather Kost presented the Park Board report and reported that the sidewalks were completed at Reighard Park. She also said that the Park Board discussed getting an estimate for blacktopping the parking lot at Biddle Park and Dave Murry will be providing an estimate to consider in next year’s budget.

Finally, there were 26 teams who participated in the Fast Pitch Tournament, which raised $10,000. Councilor Shane Chamberlin stated that the Softball Board uses funds from the tournaments for various projects related to softball. They also donated some of the money for the fireworks this year and sponsored a portion of the high school softball scoreboard.

In department report highlights:

•David Wright, Regional Planning Director, reported that he is working with Sara’s Garden on the next phase of their playground project for fencing, lighting and security cameras. He is also working with the Community Development Block grant for downtown revitalization and has received three quotes for engineering services. Wright stated he has not yet found a grant to fund sidewalks for Leggett St. School, but suggested looking at a master plan for sidewalks that the city could apply for.

•Keith Torbet, Police Chief reminded everyone that school is starting this week and asked drivers to take extra caution. He also stated that the Citizen’s Police Academy is starting in September and applications are available at the Police Department.

•Tom Hall, Code Administrator reported that the Haas Door project is on schedule. He also stated that letters went out to the six residents on Lawrence Ave. regarding the project that will be starting after the fair on Lawrence Ave. between Fairway Dr. and Homecoming Park. Finally, the Tim Dennis project on Glenwood Ave. is moving along and nine units have been finalized and are ready to move into.

•Dennis Richardson, Director of Public Service, stated that they worked through the shop drawings on the Linfoot St. project to order materials for the project. He said that onAugust 13, 2015 they held the neighborhood meeting for the Linfoot St. project. Bids for salt for the winter season to open August 21.

•Thomas A. McWatters, Director of Law, reported that he worked with Fire Chief Sluder regarding the EMS contract and for the work session meeting with the Fulton County Commissioners. He will be meeting with Clemans & Nelson to go over their draft of the job descriptions.

In other business, council:

•Approved the second reading of a resolution authorizing the mayor to advertise for bids for repainting of the water treatment plant’s east clarifier, accept the lowest and best bid and to enter into a contract with the lowest and best bidder.

•Approved the first reading on emergency to amend Section 2 of the 2014 Annual Appropriation Ordinance to increase and decrease certain line account appropriations with the General Fund (EMS supplies).

•Approved a motion to accept the letter of resignation of Marcia Grant, Assistant Director Finance effective Sept. 30.

•Entered executive session to consider the sale or purchase or sale of real estate.

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