Wauseon City Council on Monday spent a session heavy with legislation.
However, the meeting began with Police Chief Keith Torbet swearing in Patrolman Will Rogers as a sergeant. Rogers has been with the department since 2000. He was pinned with the new designation by his wife.
In a Tree Commission report, Councilor Rick Frey said that trees along Elm and Oak streets were hit hard by recent severe weather. He said he received a call from Wauseon Middle School Principal Theresa Vietmeier requesting that two trees on school property that were damaged be replaced. Frey said those trees will be replaced, and two trees for the school’s next Arbor Day ceremony will be ordered.
The commission also reported it will fertilize young trees in city parks.
Frey said the commission will create a plan to host the 2021 Tree City USA event. At a Nov. 15 meeting, the organization discussed including more than a dozen vendors and offering entertainment, door prizes, and giveaways.
The commission’s cost for holding the event about a decade ago was $5,000.
Councilor Jon Schamp said an executive meeting of the year-old Fulton County Emergency Medical Services Committee was held Nov. 15. The members were introduced to the county’s EMS Director Robert DeLeon and EMA Director Kelvin Freeman, both of whom recently were appointed to their positions.
Discussions included mutual aid runs and manpower issues. No action was taken.
In department reports:
• Fire Chief Rick Sluder cautioned citizens that Thanksgiving week is prime for cooking fires. “This is the most dangerous week of the year for fires in homes,” he said.
It’s also the season for trips, slips, and falls as people climb to put up holiday decorations, he said.
Police Chief Keith Torbet said the Christmas for Kids in Fulton County has a list of 42 underprivileged children to benefit from the program. He said about $2,500 has been raised, but the department will need $3,150 to provide $75 in spending money for each child.
“We’re hoping to take care of all 42 of them,” he told the council.
On Dec. 16, participating children will have breakfast at a local restaurant, then travel in emergency vehicles with sirens blaring to Walmart to shop for Christmas.
Torbet also asked motorists to be careful during Black Friday sales events. “Take that extra few minutes just to make sure you know where you’re going, and look both ways,” he said.
• Finance Director Jamie Giguere announced the city’s new utility clerk is Ashley Franz. She replaces Andrea Gerken, who was recently appointed Clerk of Council.
The City Council also approved:
• The suspension of three readings and emergency passage of a resolution declaring Saturday, Nov. 25 “Small Business Saturday”; a resolution authorizing the mayor to advertise for, accept the lowest bid for, and enter in contract with that party to have the Wabash Park water storage facility painted; and a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter an agreement for casualty, liability, and fire and property damage for the city. All become effective in 30 days.
• First readings of resolutions to authorize the mayor to enter an agreement for indigent defense services in Fulton County courts with the county commissioners; authorize the mayor to enter into agreement with Fulton County for a bail bondsman for Western District; adjust the compensation plan’s wage scale based on the Consumer Price Index.
• A second reading authorizing the mayor to enter into a city-county dog service contract with the Fulton County Commissioners.
• Third readings of ordinances and resolutions in regard to proceeding with an energy improvement project via special assessments at 435 E. Linfoot St., in accordance with Ohio Revised Code chapters 1710 and 727. They will take effect in 30 days.
• The third reading of a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into agreement with Target Solutions Learning. It will take effect in 30 days.
In new business, the council approved a motion to accept the 2018 schedule for City Council meetings.
Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.