Members of the Wauseon Village Council convened in regular session on the evening of April 18.
Councilor S. Stiriz reported that Dave Murry obtained a quote from Bruce Ernst Asphalt Inc. for cold process paving at Biddle Park. The quote was broken out by sections shown on a map of the park. The Park Board discussed which sections to do first, noting that they won’t be able to do it until the temperature stays above 50 degrees, and with ball season starting they aren’t sure when they can do it. The application doesn’t take long to settle, could be done over a weekend, and with this process it is possible to cover 5-1/2 times more space than blacktop. The recommendation was approved by Council.
At the Committee of the Whole meeting, Council had talked about parking bumpers and painting lines so people can park in the right spot and that is an added expense. Councilor Frey said he talked to Dave Murry who said he had some bumpers in stock at Public Works but he was going to check on the price. There are no new updates on the pool other than taking the trees that were behind the pool house and replanting them in different places in the park.
Councilor Frey reported that Tom Savage gave his resignation from the Tree Commission because he is changing jobs. The Tree Commission will be attending the Tree City Awards on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. The Tree Commission discussed the plans for Arbor Day. The Tree Commission discussed Tree Commission policy that Kim Bowles had worked on for her Tree Commission Academy. They are still reviewing penalties for tree vandalism. After the meeting they planted a couple trees at Homecoming Park and Biddle Park.
David Wright, Regional Planning Director, gave an update on the Downtown Revitalization grant. The deadline for the grant is August 31, 2016. He said he is waiting for the estimate for the ADA ramp project. Mr. Wright also gave an update on the new $200,000 Targets for Opportunity grant for the library. He explained the renovations the library will be doing, and that the library has until September 30, 2017 to accomplish the phase of the project that is covered by the grant.
Keith Torbet, Police Chief, gave updates on the grants that he is working on, including one for cameras and their installation. Safety City is well under way and there are already 50 children signed up for the program. The Youth Police Academy will be the second week in June and applications are out. Chief Torbet noted that with the warmer weather, to watch out for children, and also that Linfoot St. is one way from Ottokee St. east to Shoop Ave. The businesses are open but the side streets are not.
Tom Hall, Code Administrator, Mr. Hall reported that Sara’s Garden has begun their building addition and have started digging footers.
Also the frame is up for the new doctor’s office on Shoop Ave. He advised residents that grass mowing season has begun, and that if the city has to do it, there is a charge.
Dennis Richardson, Director of Public Service, reported the contractor has begun working on the road bed on the Linfoot St. project. Public Works department is also working with Sara’s Garden on upgrading their water service.
Jamie L. Giguere, Director of Finance, reported that she prepared a resolution that is presented under first reading for a budget amendment.
Thomas A. McWatters III, Director of Law, reported that he is working on the annexation for the bike trails and is in the process of getting legal descriptions prepared. He reported on the status of the Sterlina loan through the Revolving Loan Fund, and that an offer of settlement has been received.
Under suspended rules of reading, Council approved Resolution 2016-5, amending the Annual Appropriation Ordinance by authorizing the Director of Finance to increase or decrease certain line account appropriations within the various funds listed within the year of 2016
Council heard the second reading of Ordinance 2016-5, amending Section 523.03 (m) of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Wauseon, and adding definitions of electronic cigarettes and other electronic products or devises that produce a vapor.