Wauseon City Council took the first step Monday in the approval of a loan for a city business to fund energy-saving improvements.
First readings were approved 4-0 to permit the Northwest Ohio Advanced Energy Improvement District (NOAEID) to provide financing paid back through property tax assessments to Marshall Fitness’s new location at 435 E. Linfoot St. The loan will allow the business to update its HVAC technology and install LED lighting. Council members Scott Stiriz and Rick Frey were not in attendance to vote.
According to Matt Gilroy, a member of the city’s Special Improvement District Board, the just over $44,000 loan will be paid back through property tax assessments over a 10-year period beginning in 2019. Marshall Fitness, currently located in the Ace Hardware Plaza in Wauseon, will move to the Linfoot Street location.
NOAEID covers Wauseon and several other municipalities in northwest Ohio. The loan is the second project for the city’s Special Energy District, formed 1 1/2 years ago. The first project provided a loan financing opportunity for Ace Hardware to install LED lighting and make other energy-saving improvements.
In other business, the council passed 4-0 a motion to establish a Special Revenue fund in order to accept a $15,235.76 donation from the association officers of Imagination Kingdom, located in Reighard Park.
In a letter to Jamie Giguere, city finance director, the association said the money is from a maintenance fund established from donations made to construct the playground in 2012. Because the city has since assumed the responsibility of maintaining the playground’s equipment and grounds, the association closed its maintenance fund and has donated the funds to the city.
“It is our desire the playground have a well-tended appearance and for the equipment and its components to be in good and usable condition,” the letter stated.
The association stipulated that the money must be used only for maintenance of Imagination Kingdom, such as new equipment, replacement parts, and painting.
Council President Jeff Stiriz suggested a thank-you letter be sent by the city to Worthington Steel in Delta for its free installation of a disc golf course in Reighard Park. The gesture was part of a community service day Worthington employees held Sept. 26 to give back to local communities.
In department reports:
• Police Chief Keith Torbet said the department has purchased a lightweight speed box from All Traffic Solutions of State College, Pa., for $4,635. The portable box has a large digital display that informs passing motorists of their speed.
“We hope to be utilizing that that throughout the city over the coming years,” Torbet said.
He said the department will provide fingerprinting for children at the Sauder Village Community Health Day on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The service is free for Fulton County residents.
And Torbet advised motorists to be cautious during Treat or Treat hours, 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31. “Please, take it easy, and watch out for the little ghouls and goblins,” he said.
• Public Service Director Dennis Richardson reported the community pool project is progressing in Reighard Park, with the bath house from the city’s original pool undergoing renovations. Richardson said other structures included in the pool project and underground infrastructure work are all near completion.
He said management at the city’s Water Reclamation Plant met with representatives from Arcadis, a Toledo engineering firm, regarding plans and specifications for building improvements. The plans being drafted are nearly complete, and should be ready in a couple of weeks for review by the Environmental Protection Agency.
In other business: two employees at the city’s water treatment plant, Ryan Zimmerman and Austin Abbott, have earned Class 1 operator designations; the city entered an agreement to have the water tower in Wabash Park painted in 2018; and bids for city refuse service will be opened Oct. 30 at 10 a.m.
The City Council also approved:
• The first reading of a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter in a client agreement with Target Solutions Learning.
• The second reading of a resolution authorizing the advertisement for bids for renovations to fire department sleeping rooms and police department offices.
• The second reading of a resolution authorizing the mayor to request qualifications for an engineer.
Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.