Wauseon Council To Pursue Participation In PACE Program

IMG_3870 WEBBy: Shar Dimick
THE VILLAGE REPORTER

City Council approved the Safety and Code Committee’s recommendation to pursue participation in a property-assessed clean energy (PACE) program.

If implemented Dennis Richardson, Director of Public Service said “the PACE Program comes to us through the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and is a financing mechanism whereby entities in the district would be created and get financing and pay through special assessments on their property taxes rather than a conventional financing scenario.” He said that the financing is available to businesses and non-profits for anything within reason that saves energy or reduces energy consumption.

Richardson explained that both Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and Fulton County Economic Development Corporation have pledged support of the program. In addition, he said that Fulton County Economic Development Corporation would pay for the filing fees needed to set up the non-profit corporation that would need be created to oversee the program.

Thomas McWatters, Law Director said that the program requires the mayor or the mayor’s designee and a member of council to sit on the board of the overseeing non-profit. He also noted that Chapter 17.10 of the Ohio Revised Code outlines the program and what qualifies for it.

In department head report highlights:

•Fire Chief Rick Sluder said they have already had 500 runs this year, including a rash of arson fires. In addition, they’ve had 59 ambulance transfers, which is higher than they anticipated. He said they should begin to see that revenue in about three months. Finally, he said that the Wauseon Fireworks display will be held Friday, July 3 and people can make donations for it through the Wauseon Fire Department website.

•Police Chief Keith Torbet thanked his officers and staff for their quick response, the Delta Police Department and Fulton County Sheriff’s Department for their support and the public for their tips in regard to a recent homicide. He said the suspect is still at-large.

•Tom Hall, Zoning and Housing announced a new business, On Spot Glass recently opened and is located

•Richardson reported that they received four bids for the Linfoot St. project and is about 90% sure it will be awarded to the lowest bidder assuming final compliance is achieved.

In other Council business, they approved the emergency second reading of a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into a contract with Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. for resident project representation and construction engineering services for the Linfoot St. reconstruction project, which is in effect immediately.

Shar may be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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